Exhibition preview: Walk On: 40 Years of Art Walking, PM Gallery, London, until May 5 2013
Londoners are spoilt for exhibition choice, so this show out in Ealing might escape your notice. But Walk On: 40 Years of Art Walking sounds well worth the trip. We could even recommend that you make the journey on foot and experience first hand a little of the phenomena being celebrated.
© Janet Cardiff
Some 25 artists join the perambulations in West London. And naturally that includes the man who started it all. Richard Long may have crossed continents in pursuit of his art, but it is worth remembering his seminal to-and-fro across an English field was ostensibly a student project.
Trust Marina Abramowicz to bring more spectacle to the activity. The show documents her journey from one end of the Great Wall of China to meet with her collaborator Ulay coming the other way. Clearly walking is a form of Western art none too troubling for the authorities.
One reason artists either like or do not like the practice of walking is the difficulty in making a sale. Hamish Fulton is an inveterate English walking artist who insists the steps he takes are the only forms of art. Anything else he produces is so much irrelevant documentation.
But it seems only fair to give the last mention to Tim Knowles, who performs so-called wind walks in the City of London. These follow the breeze and animate Bob Dylan’s best known lyric: How many streets must a man walk down/…/the answer is blowing in the wind.
- Open Tuesday-Friday 1pm-5pm Tuesday to Friday (11am-5pm Saturday). Admission free.
© Alec Finlay adn Ken Cockburn
© Francis Alys
© Simon Pope
© Atul Bhalla