foldgallery at scope, London
Sally Barker, Lee Cavaliere, Steve Messam, Paul Scott, Hannah Stewart
Fold is headed south for one week only as part of the London art fairs season. We were invited to show at SCOPE and bring a flavour of contemporary rural art to the heart of the art world establishment. As Fold is best known for presenting work outside of the gallery environment, our spaces will took on an alternative feel and showed a small selection of rurally engaged work about landscape and its product.
Sally Barker created a new 'Bespoke Mountain' from stone found on her family's farm in Yorkshire, following on from her pieces 'In the Window' and FRED print this year along side 'Roast Lamb Wastwater' - a piece created for FRED 2006. This is a reconstruction of Britain's favourite view made from the Herdwick lamb grazed on those fells.
Lee Cavaliere presented short video works about man's cultural interaction with landscape as product, set both in the Lake District and China.
The product of landscape was further explored in new work by Paul Scott where plates bearing images of the Cumbrian Landscape are paired with free-standing ceramic motifs, creating miniature landscape assemblages. 'Domestic Ornament' by Hannah Stewart explores our relationship with game birds as culinary produce and interior decoration - three salt-preserved game birds fly up the wall recalling 70's kitsch ornaments.
In the adjoining space was the inaugural version of 'Hung' - the latest installation by Steve Messam. Three red pods hanging by butchers' hooks react with the audience in a last flicker of life - the clay and straw caked floor remembering the conditions of the cattle shed where the piece will finally rest.
Fold was invited to show by the organisers of SCOPE in recognition of its unique approach to presenting quality contemporary art to rural audiences and its continued support for new artists. This show was realised in collaboration with Freerange Artists.