New paintings 5 – 13 November 2016
Onca Gallery, Brighton
Kate Sherman’s solo painting exhibition, Rendlesham, is the culmination of a two-year project she undertook to document and create a portrait of a forest.
A Forestry Commission site, Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk offers a vision of order. Tall straight pines stand in planted rows, a managed grid system for timber harvesting. This is no wild forest, it has about it a sense of calm, of stillness. The darkness of the forest floor is complemented by the brightness of the sky above maintained clearings. Sound changes: our voices no longer resonate, absorbed by the canopy. Amongst the trees we experience anticipation for something mysterious, unknowable, a wish not unconnected with a series of alleged UFO sightings at Rendlesham in December 1980.
There are no extra-terrestrials here, though there is a discarded bike. As in her other work, Kate Sherman glimpses the edges of things, the beginnings of possibilities, where comfort is delicately balanced by unease, giving a curious sense of edgy tranquillity. What has happened here? What will happen? What has the forest seen?
Painted on panels of ply these images have an organic, self-referential quality. Beneath the paint – applied using small pieces of cardboard – are thin, bonded layers of the spruce it depicts. Sherman’s paintings are themselves part of the natural/man-made duality of the forest, and are an episode in its continuum.
Downstairs we are showing a short film ‘Through the Trees‘ by Barney Dunnett, made to accompany the exhibition. Barney is currently studying film studies at Varndean College.
On the two weekends, 5th/6th and 12th/13th November there will be a pop-up shop, selling hand-thrown ceramics by Lucy Ogden. Featuring her trademark beautiful illustrations and continuing the forest theme, this new series of tableware is titled ‘Into the Woods‘.
On Friday 11th November at 6pm, there will be a poetry reading by the internationally renowned visual artist and poet Gary Goodman. Refreshments will be provided. Please contact : firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend.