Shot by the Sea 2009
Ben Rivers and Jim Rosevere
'The films of Ben Rivers are rich, cinematic portraits that explore wilderness environments and self-contained worlds, representing memory through visual fragments. Primarily shot on 16mm black and white film, sometimes on out-of-date stock, Rivers' work has the appearance of ageing, archival footage............'. Isla Leaver-Yap
A family’s place in the wilderness, outside of time; free-range animals and children, junk and nature, all within the most sublime landscape. The work aims at an idea of freedom, which is reflected in the hand-processed Scope format, but is undercut with a sense of foreboding. There’s no particular story; beginning, middle or end, just fragments of lives lived, rituals performed.
“To name an attitude black and white suggests reduction, but in this rural, ethnographic portrait the artist unravels a thousand tones of each. How long does it take until this overflowing bath becomes a lake, until the simple forest drive (there is nothing simple here) tranforms these children into airborne angels of light? There is a tender brutality at work here, nothing is polished or smooth or well rounded, instead the adventure of seeing is undertaken ready to fall and bruise, to be wounded by its search. And it is from this necessary wound that the artist joins in with the life of a family grown wild out of doors with the horses and chickens. For its compassion, its refusal of the sentimental, its quick witted montage and dramaturgy of the everyday, the Tiger Award goes to Ah, Liberty!” – Jury Statement, Rotterdam International Film Festival 2008
In the still, intimate world of Back Woods, light slowly traces its path amongst the trees. Emerging into bright light and then fading into deep shadows, the trees stand witness to the passing of time. As the dense woodland retreats into the far distance it whispers of things past and of things to come.
Based in Hastings, Jim’s work encompasses live art, installation and lens based media. Predominately site specific his work’s main themes are stasis and movement; time and place; classification and knowledge. His particular interest is the complex association between culture and nature. For twenty years Jim has practised tree surgery. This connection to nature on a physical and academic level is a rich source from which ideas develop. Back Woods is a subtle and quiet piece, a testimony to Jim’s connection with time and space amongst trees.
6- 9pm, Friday 4th September 2009
Saturday 5th September – Sunday 27th September 2009
Wednesday- Sunday 11am- 5pm
(late night opening, Thursdays 11am – 8pm)
AIR TO EARTH: Exhibition
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