Exhibition based on South Downs and Vanishing point at the Towner

Annual Schools Exhibition – Our South Downs.
Just been to see this brilliant exhibition at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne with such a wide variety of work in different media presented by school children. I was fascinated to see different pieces of work based on South Downs, including ceramics and it has made me more aware of the use of collage and mixed media. I was particularly interested in a piece inspired by artist Tom Phillips, so I looked up more of his work.
Seeing an original painting (not a giclee print) by Harold Mockford, Chalk pit in the Downs, was a good experience. I could see the different textures, brush marks and the actual colours – not having to rely on limitations of a photograph. His interpretation of the pit and use of black next to chalky white, opens up imagination and leads you to deep inner vision.
the artist; (c) Harold Mockford; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
I also saw another exhibition at the Towner : Vanishing Point by UK artists -Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru of United Visual Artists (UVA).
Inspired by sketches of Leon Battista Alberti, Leonardo Da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer, UVA put in an installation that sends lines of light by a laser device from a single point, an arbitrary vanishing point, into space , creating different volumes, divisions and rooms to be explored by the audience. A fascination with the physical presence of light is embedded in their work and they have explored different ways of creating a structure from light. Vanishing Point employs perspective as both a tool and visual outcome to reshape, redefine and represent a space. Standing on a white line and looking at lines of light coming out from the vanishing point was fascinating. It’s made me even more aware of perspective and the importance of marking down a VP for future landscape drawings.
Leon Battista Alberti defined the canvas of a painting to be a window, with everything behind it as pictorial space. The use of perspective by UVA is an interpretation of Alberti’s window where, through projection planes, this pictorial space intersects with the real space. Although the perspective that UVA draw is an artificial one, the light makes it attractive and has an enormous impact on a space or surface. Durer and Leonardo used perspective as a cutting edge technology, relying on mathematics and rules to construct images.


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