Shot by the Sea 2009
IVUL (the installation)
Andrew Kötting is one of Britain’s most intriguing artists, and perhaps the only film-maker currently practising who could be said to have taken to heart the spirit of visionary curiosity and hybrid creativity exemplified by the late Derek Jarman. Formally exploratory and aesthetically innovative, like Jarman he is also a great collaborator, building around his various projects a community of shared interest, while anchoring his prolific production in an ongoing report on the lives of those closest to him.
His twenty year oeuvre to date has moved from early live-art inflected, often absurdist pieces, ripe with their own internal logics and skewed mythologies, through darkly comic shorts teasing out the melancholy surrealism at the heart of contemporary Englishness to two resolutely independent features that take landscape (rare among contemporary artists, he is most engaged beyond the urban) and journeys as the springboards for visually striking and structurally inventive enquiries into identity, belonging, history and notions of community.
Throughout his art works he has also written and performed, created for digital platforms and for the gallery (two- or three-dimensional pieces and installations) and is increasingly working directly with sound and music, in concert and on cd.. Such activity reflects both his wide-ranging formal interests but also his refusal to adopt conventional ideas of closure around artworks in any medium. Ideas and images frequently migrate between media, being echoed and amplified in these translations. It is this openness, underpinned by an outlaw intelligence and pranksterish wit that marks out his work as both energising and important.
IVUL (the installation)
Andrew Kötting 2009
IVUL (the installation) is a deconstruction and re-presentation of IVUL (the film).
The film is the extraordinary story of Alex Ivul, a young boy who climbs onto the roof of the family home and refuses ever to come back down to earth. He goes on to live out a brief and dramatic life deep in the forest up a tree.
For IVUL (the installation) a world apart will be created using a forest of Bonsai Trees and two key scenes from the film. Television monitors presented as a Diptych will play looped performances relating to the plight of Alex’s mother and Alex’s sister. We watch the two women pleading with Alex to come back down to earth. Traces of his presence are felt but we never see him.
IVUL (the installation) will also incorporate artefacts pertaining to the film and a particular lighting effect that will transform the micro world of the Bonsai forest into a larger world of chiaroscuro and shadow.
Accompanying the work will be a series of drawings made in collaboration with Andrew’s daughter Eden around the themes of ‘Still Life’ or ‘Nature Morte’. They will be made as a direct response to both the installation and objects commonplace to the film; costumes, props, photographs, books, records and trees.
Traditionally ‘Still Life’ paintings, particularly before the 18th Century, would often contain allegorical symbolism relating to the objects depicted on the artists’ studio table and this is something, which will correlate directly with the IVUL project as whole.
“As a child I spent many hours hiding in bushes or climbing trees. The arboreal heights have always nurtured and inspired me. It is something that has continued into adulthood and still informs much of my life in the French Pyrenees. High above the ground the world looks small and manageable and it is from this vantage point that the idea for the IVUL story was born”.
Andrew Kötting 2009
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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