Walk On

Walk On

From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff - 40 years of Art Walking

Walk On was curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell and Alistair Robinson in collaboration with myself of WALK. I was the first exhibition to examine the astonishingly varied ways in which artists since the late 1960s have used what would seem like a universal act – of taking a walk – as a means to create new types of art. Walk On was a major gallery exhibition including photography, film, and installation works, bringing together a diverse group of artists inspired by their travels on foot.  For further details click more information and scroll down below the images.

WALK ON

 

From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff - 40 years of Art Walking

 

Walk On was curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell and Alistair Robinson in collaboration with myself of WALK.

 

This was the first exhibition to examine the astonishingly varied ways in which artists since the late 1960s have used what would seem like a universal act – of taking a walk – as a means to create new types of art. Walk On was a major gallery exhibition including photography, film, and installation works, bringing together a diverse group of artists inspired by their travels on foot.

 

Walk On offered an as-yet-unwritten history of a major strand of recent art practice. It argued that from land art and conceptual art, and from street photography to the essay-film, an exceptionally wide range of first-rate artists have created their work from an act of walking, in the city or the land. Across the last four decades many artists have acted as explorers whether making their mark on the rural wilderness, documenting small journeys, or undertaking close examination of the urban environment around them.

 

Artists such as Richard Long have crossed countries and continents to create their works, leaving traces of their movement on the land itself. Others exhibit photography, texts or artefacts as documentation of their journeys. For artists such as Hamish Fulton, the walk itself is the work and anything else only evidence. For others such as Marina Abramovic, it is a form of performance over time, as seen in her epic journey across the length of the Great Wall of China, a symbolic act of separating and then reuniting with her then collaborator Ulay.

 

Tracing and mapping is a recurring theme throughout the exhibition: from Chris Drury’s weaving of maps of his walks in the mountainous region of Ladak, India to Plan B and Rachael Clewlow who inventively mark their steps with GPS devices, creating systems to record daily walks and so immortalising everyday routines. In his Windwalks, Tim Knowles strolls about London, his route determined by the ways in which the wind whips through the streets.

 

Whether serendipitous or by design, the walks undertaken have formed the starting point for many important artworks of the past 40 years. Previewing at PM Gallery & House, the full exhibtion of ‘Walk On’ begins the first leg of a major tour with, ‘Walk On: from Richard Long to Janet Cardiff 40 Years of Art Walking’ opening in June 2013 at NGCA Sunderland, as part of the Festival of the North East.

An Art Circuit Touring Exhibition, curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell, Mike Collier and Alistair Robinson in collaboration with Janet Ross, and supported by ACE and LEADER.

 

Touring Venues:

PMG, London:                        26 March - 6 May 2013

NGCA Sunderland:                 01 June - 5August 2013

mac birmingham                    08 February - 31 March 2014

Atkinson Art Gallery:              12 April - 9 August 2014   

Plymouth City Art Gallery:      19 September - 12 December 2014  

 

WALK ON PRESS COVERAGE

 

National/Regional Press
The Guardian Guide 30 March - 5 April 2013
Time Out - 25 March 2013
Time Out - 8 April 2013
The Guardian Guide - Saturday 1 June 2013 - Friday 7 June 2013
The Times - Saturday review - Saturday June 1 2013
The Guardian Guide - Saturday 15 June 2013 - Friday 21 June 2013

 

Online Interviews
BBC News Entertainment & Arts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22025531
Interview at BBC Radio London 94.9 - 11 March 2013 (listen 1hr35 mins in)
http://goo.gl/Ohfvq

 

Selected Web
http://onestoparts.com/review-walk-on-40-years-art-walking-pm-gallery-house
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/walk-40-years-art-walking-136761
http://www.illustratedbrum.co.uk/post/76148820034/walk-on-first-floor-gallery-mac-birmingham
http://stillwalkingblog.com/?s=walk+on

WALK ON

 

From Richard Long to Janet Cardiff - 40 years of Art Walking

 

Walk On was curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell and Alistair Robinson in collaboration with myself of WALK.

 

This was the first exhibition to examine the astonishingly varied ways in which artists since the late 1960s have used what would seem like a universal act – of taking a walk – as a means to create new types of art. Walk On was a major gallery exhibition including photography, film, and installation works, bringing together a diverse group of artists inspired by their travels on foot.

 

Walk On offered an as-yet-unwritten history of a major strand of recent art practice. It argued that from land art and conceptual art, and from street photography to the essay-film, an exceptionally wide range of first-rate artists have created their work from an act of walking, in the city or the land. Across the last four decades many artists have acted as explorers whether making their mark on the rural wilderness, documenting small journeys, or undertaking close examination of the urban environment around them.

 

Artists such as Richard Long have crossed countries and continents to create their works, leaving traces of their movement on the land itself. Others exhibit photography, texts or artefacts as documentation of their journeys. For artists such as Hamish Fulton, the walk itself is the work and anything else only evidence. For others such as Marina Abramovic, it is a form of performance over time, as seen in her epic journey across the length of the Great Wall of China, a symbolic act of separating and then reuniting with her then collaborator Ulay.

 

Tracing and mapping is a recurring theme throughout the exhibition: from Chris Drury’s weaving of maps of his walks in the mountainous region of Ladak, India to Plan B and Rachael Clewlow who inventively mark their steps with GPS devices, creating systems to record daily walks and so immortalising everyday routines. In his Windwalks, Tim Knowles strolls about London, his route determined by the ways in which the wind whips through the streets.

 

Whether serendipitous or by design, the walks undertaken have formed the starting point for many important artworks of the past 40 years. Previewing at PM Gallery & House, the full exhibtion of ‘Walk On’ begins the first leg of a major tour with, ‘Walk On: from Richard Long to Janet Cardiff 40 Years of Art Walking’ opening in June 2013 at NGCA Sunderland, as part of the Festival of the North East.

An Art Circuit Touring Exhibition, curated by Cynthia Morrison-Bell, Mike Collier and Alistair Robinson in collaboration with Janet Ross, and supported by ACE and LEADER.

 

Touring Venues:

PMG, London:                        26 March - 6 May 2013

NGCA Sunderland:                 01 June - 5August 2013

mac birmingham                    08 February - 31 March 2014

Atkinson Art Gallery:              12 April - 9 August 2014   

Plymouth City Art Gallery:      19 September - 12 December 2014  

 

WALK ON PRESS COVERAGE

 

National/Regional Press
The Guardian Guide 30 March - 5 April 2013
Time Out - 25 March 2013
Time Out - 8 April 2013
The Guardian Guide - Saturday 1 June 2013 - Friday 7 June 2013
The Times - Saturday review - Saturday June 1 2013
The Guardian Guide - Saturday 15 June 2013 - Friday 21 June 2013

 

Online Interviews
BBC News Entertainment & Arts
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-22025531
Interview at BBC Radio London 94.9 - 11 March 2013 (listen 1hr35 mins in)
http://goo.gl/Ohfvq

 

Selected Web
http://onestoparts.com/review-walk-on-40-years-art-walking-pm-gallery-house
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/exhibitions/walk-40-years-art-walking-136761
http://www.illustratedbrum.co.uk/post/76148820034/walk-on-first-floor-gallery-mac-birmingham
http://stillwalkingblog.com/?s=walk+on