Rick Davies takes inspiration from Karl Marx as Ffotogallery uses Dairy for Invisible Landscapes

By Culture24 Reporter | 08 August 2011
A photo of a historic building in a rural setting
Rick Davies, Cropped detail from St Mary’s Church, Pwllcrochan (2011)© Rick Davies
Exhibition: Rick Davies: Invisible Landscapes, Ffotogallery at The Dairy, Cardiff, August 11-27 2011

Rick Davies must be one of a select band of photographers who can name the philosophical beliefs of Karl Marx and Antonio Gramsci as key influences. The Cardiff-based artist makes “elongated vistas” of concrete and steel structures and petrochemical plants, putting the incongruous couplings of industrial and leisure buildings into panoramic view and illustrating the unpredictable success of regeneration schemes in South Wales.

Invisible Landscapes is the first show to be held outside of Ffotogallery’s Turner House home during its current Wish you were Here season, a set of five exhibitions between now and the start of October aiming to reflect the concerns of a new generation of talented photographers in the area. The Dairy is a temporary space launched specifically for the campaign, although it will play host to a range of events and displays from now on.

“With more and more artists staying on after studying here and Welsh-born artists returning from their studies elsewhere, there are pockets of vibrant artistic activity growing across Wales,” says gallery Director David Drake. “It’s a very exciting time.”

  • The Dairy, Kings Road, Pontcanna. Open Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. Admission free. Future shows: This Unfolds, August 18 – September 3 (Turner House); Gawain Barnard – Maybe We’ll be Soldiers, September 8-24 (The Dairy); David Barnes – King Tide, September 15 – October 1 (Turner House)
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