CIVIC

CIVIC

Street Flowers - Urban Survivors of Sunderland, the Privileged Land
26 October 2011 to 13 November 2011

This work (Street Flowers - Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land)  was pasted onto a billboard near the Vaux Brewery Site in Sunderland as a part of CIVIC - the first International festival of billboard art organised by the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. HUGGABACK - Tufted Vetch; TWADDGERS - Bush Vetch; WITHYWIND - Honeysuckle; BULLISTER - Blackthorn; and ANGR - Grassland; OFER - Riverbank; PETH - Path; SCYF - Crag or Ledge  For further details click more information and scroll down below the images.

This work (Street Flowers - Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land)  was pasted onto a billboard near the Vaux Brewery Site in Sunderland as a part of CIVIC - the first International festival of billboard art organised by the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. It is part of a continuing series series of projects of walks around Sunderland which I have called Street Flowers - Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land (see also the AV Festivalon this site under Current Projects and Cultural Airshow Walks). 

 

The text  consists of colloquial names for flora seen close to the Vaux Brewery site where the billboard will be displayed in October and November 2010. The image was 10 feet by 20 feet.

 

This information was 'collected' on the 1st June 2011 on a short meander around the old brewery site and the riverside walk between the Queen Alexander Bridge and the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland, undertaken with my colleague, Keith Robson (who runs the Gateshead Birder website - see link on the top right hand side of this page). The full list of flora and fauna seen on this short walk can be found by clicking on the down-loadable PDF on the right hand side of this page.

 

HUGGABACK - Tufted Vetch; TWADDGERS - Bush Vetch; WITHYWIND - Honeysuckle; BULLISTER - Blackthorn

 

The text for the smaller A0 poster - ANGR (which was displayed in the Vardy Gallery in the Civic Poster Show in October and November 2010) conists of Old English names common to Northumbria for aspects of the landscape

 

ANGR - Grassland; OFER - Riverbank; PETH - Path; SCYF - Crag or Ledge

 

The title for this work was inspired by the writing and philosophy of Richard Mabey, in particular his early books Street Flowers (published in 1976) and the Unofficial Countryside (1973) - a classic work recently re-published. His recent excellent (and very readable) book, Weeds, extends this examination. This book is described by the publisher as a cultural history of weeds - plants which are part of nature’s immune system, of its instinctive drive to green over the barrenness of broken soil and decaying cities. For more information about the work of Mabey and its importance for me as an artist, please have a look at another page on my website (Cultural Airshow Walks under archive of exhibitions) were I talk a little more about his writing and philosopy, as well the entries on my blog for the 5th May. 

 

 

This work (Street Flowers - Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land)  was pasted onto a billboard near the Vaux Brewery Site in Sunderland as a part of CIVIC - the first International festival of billboard art organised by the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art. It is part of a continuing series series of projects of walks around Sunderland which I have called Street Flowers - Urban Survivors of the Privileged Land (see also the AV Festivalon this site under Current Projects and Cultural Airshow Walks). 

 

The text  consists of colloquial names for flora seen close to the Vaux Brewery site where the billboard will be displayed in October and November 2010. The image was 10 feet by 20 feet.

 

This information was 'collected' on the 1st June 2011 on a short meander around the old brewery site and the riverside walk between the Queen Alexander Bridge and the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland, undertaken with my colleague, Keith Robson (who runs the Gateshead Birder website - see link on the top right hand side of this page). The full list of flora and fauna seen on this short walk can be found by clicking on the down-loadable PDF on the right hand side of this page.

 

HUGGABACK - Tufted Vetch; TWADDGERS - Bush Vetch; WITHYWIND - Honeysuckle; BULLISTER - Blackthorn

 

The text for the smaller A0 poster - ANGR (which was displayed in the Vardy Gallery in the Civic Poster Show in October and November 2010) conists of Old English names common to Northumbria for aspects of the landscape

 

ANGR - Grassland; OFER - Riverbank; PETH - Path; SCYF - Crag or Ledge

 

The title for this work was inspired by the writing and philosophy of Richard Mabey, in particular his early books Street Flowers (published in 1976) and the Unofficial Countryside (1973) - a classic work recently re-published. His recent excellent (and very readable) book, Weeds, extends this examination. This book is described by the publisher as a cultural history of weeds - plants which are part of nature’s immune system, of its instinctive drive to green over the barrenness of broken soil and decaying cities. For more information about the work of Mabey and its importance for me as an artist, please have a look at another page on my website (Cultural Airshow Walks under archive of exhibitions) were I talk a little more about his writing and philosopy, as well the entries on my blog for the 5th May.