OPEN GOOD FRIDAY 18TH & SATURDAY 19TH APRIL
FURTHER TALES FROM THE BEACH HOUSE
The fast evolving fate of the natural world in the light of increasing environmental concerns has been a core theme in Alan Rankle's work from the beginning. The works created specially for this solo exhibition at the blackShed gallery gesture towards the complex fragility of global ecological homeostasis.
|"About paintings made on textured, gilded surfaces and oil colour drawings which are essentially on the subject of the eroding cliffs at Pett Level and other places like Wellfleet Bay in Cape Cod. |
In 1995 I rented a wonderful modernist beach house down at Pett Level and stayed there throughout Autumn and Winter. The house was about 50 metres from the English Channel and had 360 degree views from the open plan top floor.
I wanted to make paintings which referred to there having been many great English18th and 19th century watercolourists who visited and painted along the coast and also to make a depiction of the eroding land into the sea which was and still is a big thing in those parts.
I decided to use gold leaf and gold leaf mixed with copper (which gives rise to verdigris when affected by certain chemicals and the atmosphere) as a painting medium. Painting with sodium hypochloride on these gilded panels, yet still following the tradition of sepia landscape sketches had the effect of the chemical erosion of the metal surfaces mirroring conceptually the effects of the salt spray and high weather landfalls at the coast.
It was a way of making the method and the meaning of the works match in a single simple drawing.The first series went from 1996 until 2004 and is titled 'Further Tales from the Beach House.
I wanted to make new works which related to this historical aspect. These recent paintings also include drawings from other cliff edge locations notably Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Rørvig in Denmark." Alan Rankle 2014