5 November - 29 November 2014


5 – 29 November 2014

Including works by Brenda Hoffman, Katherine Jones, Stuart Redler, Patricia Swannell and Kazuhito Takadoi

Thursday 6 November - 6.30 pm

Legacy; A Reciprocal Tribute, a talk by Patricia Swannell on her project at the Woodland Trust at the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood, Leicestershire

As the nights draw in, and the leaves fall, a selection of works which explore and celebrate nature.

In the late 1800’s, the poet Rainer Maria Rilke had a tempestuous affair with the Russian author and psychoanalyst Lou Andreas-Salomé. Salomé – an intellectual, mature, married, and well travelled - influenced the young Rilke in his writings, rhythm and style. When she ended the affair in 1900, Rilke visited the artists’ colony of Worpswede, Bremen. In 2014 Brenda Hoffman visited the colony and wandered through the forest imagining what the heartbroken Rilke had thought and felt during his walks in the woods. The series of black and white hand-painted photographs, Rilke’s Promenade, is inspired by this surrounding landscape, the robust and yet vulnerable nature and how it echoes our feelings. In his 1898 correspondence to Salomé, Rilke wrote:

“And now I feel loneliness growing with every new day; the region, devoid of colour, grows endlessly, it expands to become a background with trees shaken by the storm. I want to remain in the storm, and not miss any shudder of this vast commotion. I want to have the Fall. I want to be immersed in Winter without betraying myself with the minimum hint of colour. I want to drape myself with snow longing for the Spring to come, so that what grows in me does not surface too soon from the scars.”

Katherine Jones’ new small prints began as experimental test plates for a larger series of etchings she is making with master printmaker Peter Bennett at Atelier Ji. 
She has used LEGO to create the dot on the copper plate, which is then printed in combination with digitally printed Chin Colle (a method of layering or collaging tissue between the print and paper) using Japanese tissue. The results were beautiful so she decided to continue to make a series of smaller prints specifically with this exhibition in mind. The LEGO dot was used to incorporate traces of actual children’s playthings alluded to in earlier works. The prints depict a fusion of real and imagined spaces. For example a wooded landscape grows up around an overflowing bathtub and a bubble like fountain springs into life in the middle of a tree-filled Autumnal wilderness. Layering a variety of printing techniques and juxtaposing different themes, a richness and veiled quality is present in her provoking prints. Katie has been awarded numerous print-making prizes and the Royal Academy of Arts have invited her to take part in an exhibition Painter Printmakers which will run for six months beginning on 29 October 2014 in the Royal Academy's Keeper's House.

Patricia Swannell’s Undergrowth monoprints rel