‘Ropes of Sand’: an exhibition at An Lanntair

Following a field trip to Lewis and Harris earlier in October last year, current Art, Space and Nature students recently exhibited their respective outputs in an exhibition titled ‘Ropes of Sand’ at An Lanntair gallery in Stornoway. The work reflected many different aspects of the area from which it was inspired.

 

 

Works visually reflected features of the islands; including wall paintings using the colours of houses on a local Stornoway street, and work using pigment made with peat from the Isle of Lewis. Other works engaged with local political issues within the islands, commenting on the salmon farming industry and another work having been inspired by the story surrounding the withdrawn superquarry application for Roineabhal in Harris. Works also examined more closely our human relationship to our environment; inspired by a sail on the ‘An Sulaire’, the community owned boat, visits to Luskentyre beach and the Mangurstadh bothy.

The exhibition opened on Friday 17 March and ran until 8 April.

To the shore : Exhibition 1 December

 

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From the realm of the sea
To the shore.
A recent exhibition by continuing Art Space and Nature MFA students investigated the sea’s vibrant materiality and chaotic order, following fieldwork in the Outer Hebrides.  A further exhibition building on this work will follow at ‘An Lanntair’ gallery, Stornoway in March next year.
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‘ORIGINS’ Russell Beard

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‘ORIGINS’ Russell Beard

Filmed on Tulsa Beach on the Isle of Lewis in the Scottish Outer Hebrides, Russell Beard’s video installation ‘ORIGINS’ consists of a mirrored moving image of the complex patterns created in water, sand and sunlight where a river meets the sea.*

*Alternatively it could be read as a time piece, concerning the origins of our own vital materiality…. and how certain properties emerge from complex chaotic systems amid the ongoing oscillations between the creative generative forces of life’s perpetual becoming and the dissipative cosmic processes of entropy and decay.

 

Alex Hackett’s work goes within the sea to experience the shoreline.  Adopting sculptural forms and materials from the Isle of Lewis alongside sympathetic found materials, she creates objects reflecting the mystical nature of the shore. Texts document the material qualities of the water as affected by weather, the elements and light, whilst bearing the mark of the personal.

 

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‘swell’ Will Urmston

Will Urmston’s piece came to light during a stay in a cliff-side bothy on the west coast of Lewis. Looking through to the sea below, we enter ‘the cave’ and look outward with clarity as we face the peace of our own elemental existence.

An Lanntair Exhibition – impress8

Final pieces presented at the exhibition impress8.

Also, a review of the show written by Ian Stephen: http://northings.com/2013/03/20/impress-8-art-space-and-nature/

An Lanntair Set-up

The ASN group went to Stornoway to set-up their group show, impress8at An Lanntair gallery. Here are some photos of the crew at work: