Exhibition preview: Reforest, The Stour Valley Arts Gallery, Ashford, until August 31 2013
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”.
© Photo: Darius Wilson
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.
© Photo: Laura Thomas
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© Photo: Bruce Gilchrist