Salon Particulier, Wednesday 10th April
On Wednesday evening next week (10th April) I’ll be giving a talk on forests as part of the fantastic Salon Particulier arts series, at the Union Chapel in Islington, alongside the artist Douglas White. The full info (and booking information) follows here on the event page, and below.
Salon Particulier invites you to an evening event that brings artists, musicians, academics, foodies and a myriad of other specialists together to be stimulated, enlightened and fed, in an atmosphere of generosity and egalitarianism. In the spirit of the Salons conversation is opened up to the audience after the talks/musical performance and will continue to flow over an informal meal.
As part of Union Chapel’s Special Wednesdays we warmly invite you to our next salon loosely based around the theme of Exploration chaired by Salon Particulier’s EV Haines, with guest speakers:
Amy Cutler is a researcher and curator who will discuss explorations of the forest and concepts of environmental memory, presenting some of the materials from her exhibition under construction, ‘Time, the deer, is in the wood of Hallaig’ (a line by Scottish poet Sorley Maclean). As part of her PhD she investigated the idea of the forest’s witnessing of history in literature, heritage, and science. At the Salon she will explore how this is structured according to various principles of past and present, as well as traumas absorbed by collective and individual identity For the forthcoming exhibition she is dealing with natural specimens and museum objects alongside art / book works by Alec Finlay, Herman de Vries, Katsutoshi Yuasa, Richard Skelton, and others. The collection explores both the technologies of forest memory (such as dendrochronology), and its logics – from the call to humans to recollect the imperilled forest, to the use of the forest as an anthropological memory aid. She also runs the online interdisciplinary project Land Diagrams, which uses found geographical figures to prompt essays. Her first book is ‘Nostalgia Forest’ (Oystercatcher Press, 2013), which Gerry Loose describes as ‘brain scans of arboreal memory (and) cones of time lapse poetry’, and Peter Larkin calls ‘diagrammatic profiles offer(ing) intimations of calamity (…) in a tonal or atonal transversal of timber’).
Douglas White is an artist who will share his history of, and relationship to, found objects and how they relate to an exploration of physical and psychological landscapes from both a personal and professional perspective. White “seeks to re-enchant the world, scavenging the detritus of society and compulsively transforming it into strange, monumental sculptures. His work is driven by a fascination with the possibilities of discarded and overlooked materials and articulates an affinity with found objects, both natural and man-made. Exploded tyres, arson-struck recycling bins, decaying trees: the materials have often been subject to a violent change, revealing an inner delicacy or potency… his use of found materials and natural processes is intuitive and ambiguous, seeing aesthetic and formal possibilities where others see only junk, as White himself puts it, “finding something magical within the everyday and revealing it through an action.” White is represented by Paradise Row, London.
There will also be a special not-to-be-missed musical performance from a charismatic English singer songwriter (in the spirit of exploration more will be revealed on the night!)
We’ve joined forces with guest co-curator artist Jennifer Lewandowski whose interdisciplinary practice includes film, sculpture, installation, photography and experimental music and who is a keen cook. She is co-director of London gallery French Riviera.
We also eagerly anticipate sharing in the delights of award winning ice cream maker Kitty Travers, owner of La Grotta Ices, who has spent the past 12 years working in kitchens worldwide in search of the secrets to ice cream perfection.
The Salon takes place Wednesday 10th April 2013 at Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington N1 2UN
Doors open at 7.30pm, speakers commencing at 8pm sharp
Booking is essential as seating is limited ticket price £22.50 per head available here.
Ticket price includes the talks, musical performance and a two course set menu provided by Salon Particulier’s
Nat Breitenstein and Jennifer Lewandowski, with the addition of dessert from the fabulous La Grotta Ices.
Drinks will be available to purchase at the Union Chapel bar throughout the evening,
Vegetarian/special meals available strictly upon request no less than 3 days prior to the event via Salon Particulier.
For further information / enquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amongst the materials I will be presenting in the talk are a number of panels from Una Hamilton Helle’s ‘Becoming the Forest’ series (above), which will be mounted in the exhibition, alongside sections of her research on how black metal appropriates Nordic landscape imagery, particularly older images of spruce trees. I’ll also show images of part of this 8mm Brakhage-esque film with decayed leaves and spiders, by David Chatton Barker, which we will be displaying in its original film strip form in the exhibition (below).