By Pia Goddard for Art Verve, April 2017
At the beautiful Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance there is an exhibition of vibrant, energetic prints by Gillian Ayres upstairs in the gardens’ gallery. Downstairs, beautiful photogravure images by Cornelia Parker’s are part of a group exhibition, ‘With Space In Mind‘, works investigating the dialogue between two dimensional and three dimensional work, connections between objects in space and their representations on paper.
RHODIOLA 2015. COURTESY GILLIAN AYRES AND ALAN CRISTEA GALLERY, LONDON
FIESOLE 2013. COURTESY GILLIAN AYRES AND ALAN CRISTEA GALLERY, LONDON
Upstairs, Ayres’ prints, bold, blocks of intense colour sing of the elements of sea, sky, tamed garden, untamed landscape, a chorus of woodblock prints celebrating her very personal response to the place she has lived and worked in for thirty years. Titles of works – Rhodiola, Fiesole, Heligan – link the works directly to this peninsula of hidden gardens, wide skies, prehistoric monuments, beaches and a brilliant if unreliable sun. The conversation between landscape, memory and experience is boisterous, loud.
CORNELIA PARKER, STILL LIFE WITH LEVITATING GRAPES, 2015, COURTESY ALAN CRISTEA GALLERY, LONDON
Downstairs Craig-Martin’s bold outlines and colours suggest an uneasy familiarity with objects from the manufactured world; Gormley’s delicate but disturbing etchings observe a relationship with the built world, where personal and creative freedoms are compromised; and Nash presents a very personal relationship with the natural world, his pastel stencil editions referring to his sculptural forms, some of which reside outside in the garden.
Amongst these works, Cornelia Parker’s quiet photogravure shadow pieces, exquisite traces of the three dimensional reality of objects flattened to ghostly magical shadows, objects become spectres captured in the weave of the paper. The indexical link inherent in the photographic process bring us closer to the objects represented than is almost comfortable, tightening the dialogue between the object and its final resting place.
Both exhibitions are curated by David Cleaton-Roberts and Helen Waters of the Alan Cristea Gallery, London and are on til May 14th.
TREMENHEERE SCULPTURE GARDEN
NR GULVAL, PENZANCE, CORNWALL TR20 8YL