The Art, Space and Nature group exhibition “Element” opened this past Thursday, 13 February, at the Pier Arts Centre in Orkney. Featuring 13 artists, the exhibition includes the following works-
VIRAL GEOMETRY II
Javier Vidal Aguilera
An ephemeral installation, sited in the landscape of the Mainland of Orkney. Part of a series where I explore the cube as the way humans inhabit and relate to the natural landscape as a commentary on urban spread.
The archival preserve of the landscape is also a reserve for exploration and resource extraction. Thus, a spatial void is created which is once again compressed to become new repositories of time.
WAKING UP ON HOY.
A film made on Hoy which both captures and is a collaboration between the film and weather.
ORDINARY STORMS WERE PLEASURES
This work is an expandable, adaptable, puzzle drawing. Using quotations, derived from the writings of John Muir, to compose a poem that can be read in different arrangements.
These hand-mixed colour swatches represent the mathematically calculated dominant colour of landscape photographs taken in locations: Flotta Oil Terminal; Grainshore Wind Turbine; Skara Brae Prehistoric Village.
Akshaya Lakshmi Narsimhan
This two-part work (soundscape and textual map) is an incessant rant of what I heard, what I listened to, what I saw, what I watched, what I felt and what I experienced – in the islands of Orkney.
This kinetic piece links between an image the sea of Orkney and the immediate environment surrounding us.
An exploration of the tension between historical preservation and political denial; confronting issues of the past and present, at global and local scales.
PINHOLE IMAGE 26
Christina Gråberg Røsholt
Capturing qualities of light and shade in the Orkney landscape in an exploratory way, using a pinhole camera as my tool.
5 PAVILIONS FOR ORKNEY
These proposed pavilions sit in the landscape of Orkney as spatial tools to perceive sensory experience from the surrounding elements.
RETURN TO NATURE
This process raises questions about what things are. Having broken a shell into pieces, is it still a shell? If not, then at what point did the change occur and what has it become?
LOCH OF STENNESS
A journey undertaken, from Loch of Stenness to Loch of Harray via the Bridge of Brodgar.
NESTING AND PERCHING SPACE
A proposed landscape structure designed to provide nesting and roosting sites for Orkney birds, principally starlings.
The exhibition will run through 28 February 2014. Special thanks to curator Andrew Parkinson and the Pier Arts Centre.