Stour Valley Arts find death, decay and rejuvenation in Ashford for Reforest retread

By Culture24 Reporter | 24 July 2013

Exhibition preview: Reforest, The Stour Valley Arts Gallery, Ashford, until August 31 2013

A photo of a woman marking out a circle within a forest
Dog Kennel Hill Project, Marks Measures Maps and Mind (2012)© Photo: Darius Wilson
Taking their King’s Wood home as inspiration and instruction, Stour Valley Arts have split their 20-year retrospective into two sections, suffused with a sense of decay, regeneration and “death within life”.

The first sees the fleet of artists involved take a conceptual approach to the science and technology of the ecosystem engulfing their works, investigating the biology and physics of the woods through subtle interventions in which the myth and stories of the forest come alive within the creative process.

Treading a bracing path across the forest’s self-rejuvenating cycle of seasons, the show then twists into ideas of visible and invisible traces, starting with the blur between man and nature fashioned by the exchange of imprints left upon each other by the commissions and their surroundings.

Few exhibitions are drawn from a base as beautiful as this. A marked path led the way to the sculptures within the North Downs area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, first visited by the group when they struck up a partnership with the Forestry Commission in 1994.

  • Open Wednesday-Saturday 11am-4pm. Admission free. Follow the gallery on Twitter @StourValleyArts.

More pictures:

A photo of a curve of branches over a path within a forest shrouded by mist
Richard Harris, Untitled© Photo: Laura Thomas
A photo of a small creature with red tentacles on its back inside a forest
© Vera Möller
A photo of a circular installation attached to a tree in a forest
Part of Superkingdom, London Fieldworks (2008)© Photo: Bruce Gilchrist
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