HOME is delighted to announce Of Flesh and Stone. The next exhibition in its HOME Projects, spanning across both of the venue’s Granada Foundation walls.
Humans, over many centuries, have chipped, split and blasted stone. Re-configuring hillsides and moving mountains. Through a dialogue between drawing embossed rubbing and photography. Artist Tom Baskeyfield and photographer Mario Popham aim to bring to the fore these layers of our shared history.
Forming the second part of the artists’ project Shaped by Stone. The exhibition highlights a causal relationship between the post-industrial landscape of North Wales and the urban rooftops of Manchester. The mountains of North Wales have been transformed by the large-scale extraction of slate. Disseminated to feed the demands of the Industrial Revolution. By recording the scars and remnants of this conquest, Baskeyfield and Popham examine a past dependence on rock. That continues to shape the human narratives unfolding within these hills and valleys.
Meanwhile, in a Northern city forged by the very same forces of industry, the remnants of these mountainsides endure amongst the glass, concrete and steel.
Tom Baskeyfield said: “Over recent years my practice has developed in response to the ecological crisis. A concern for how we got here. I am moved to seek out the connections and relationships we have with each other and the earth. This takes me back to the land where I am drawn. In particular, to fields and quarries as potential bridging places, sites of interaction between ourselves and the planet. The relationship we have with the land is deeply complex, formed over millennia. I see art as a lens, and a language, to explore this relationship and to respond and communicate.”
Mario Popham added: “Walter Benjamin tells us ‘the present comprises the entire history of mankind as an enormous abridgement’. I see photography as a means to make a lyrical enquiry into our common history, the ways in which we live with our past and our ever-shifting relationship to the natural world.”
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