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Beth Atkinson, 'We are a Garden Walled Around', Le Loovre


Beth Atkinson

We Are A Garden Walled Around

Surface Gallery

 

Private View - Friday 14th November, 18.00-20.00

Exhibition continues 15th - 22nd November 2014


 

This month Surface Gallery hosts award-winning photographer Beth Atkinson, presenting a collection of new work, research and experiments exploring repetition, religion and song, in 'We are a garden walled around'.

 

In 2013, Beth won first prize in our Contemporary Photography Now open exhibition, and has this year been invited to return to Surface with new ideas;

 

“Paradise is a walled enclosure; a home and refuge. There’s no time, just an endless loop of repeating songs, words and actions. Is meaning lost the more it is repeated or is it made stronger?”

 

In her practice Beth explores what Paul Auster calls ‘rhyming’ in the world. Through connections in the landscape, people, in stories and in song we find looping, repeating and rhyming with each other. These narrative structures are self-contained, self-serving and closed off; myths and stories are presented as facts. What results is an excess; an over production of meaning. Although Beth works primarily with large format photography, her recent work has integrated field recordings of folk song, writing and video.

 

She has exhibited internationally, including shows across the UK, Ireland, Russia, Canada and the USA, with prizes and commissions include the Villiers David Award, the Flint House Commission and a recent project with Art on the Underground. We welcome her back to Surface and Nottingham in her solo show this November;

 

'We are a garden walled around' will run in conjunction with the Bob Robinson Exhibition, which is currently on show in the Project Space, along with artist Chiara Dellerba exhibiting in our alternative space, Le Loovre. As always, there will be a donations bar, with ales provided by local brewery, Springhead.


 

16, Southwell Road, Nottingham, NG1 1DL

Free entry, everyone welcome!


 

Exhibition Opening Hours:

Opening night: 6.00pm to 8.00pm November 14th

Tuesday to Friday: 12.00pm to 6.00pm

Saturday: 11.00am to 5.00pm

 

For more information, please contact exhibition co-ordinators Meg Bonser and Megan Lynch at surfacegallery@gmail.com or visit www.surfacegallery.org




 

Notes to the editor

Beth Atkinson received her MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art in 2013. She has exhibited internationally, including shows across the UK, Ireland, Russia, Canada and the USA. Prizes and commissions include the Villiers David Award, the Flint House Commission and a recent project with Art on the Underground.


“Paradise is a walled enclosure; a home and refuge. There’s no time, just an endless loop of repeating songs, words and actions. Is meaning lost the more it is repeated or is it made stronger?” Through connections in the landscape, people, in stories and in song we find looping, repeating and rhyming with each other. Beth works primarily with large format photography with integrated field recordings of folk song, writing and video.

Later Event: November 28
Bob Robinson - Part Two