According to a Chord of Wood / Discussion Evening
Saturday 11th June 2011, 7pm
You are warmly invited to join us for According to a Chord of Wood. An open forum round table discussion evening looking at the themes and issues raised by the current installation True Wood, with guests to include:
Revd William Campbell-Taylor,
Anthony Owen JP,
In a mighty green landscape a seed was saved from a juicy ripe fruit. The seed remained dormant and fertile until placed in a dead mans mouth, and in the fullness of the moment this seed quite naturally grew into a tree, which was latterly and laterally planked. Thick planks, like beams, True Wood.
This traditional story popularly regarded as historical but arguably unauthenticated runs the full course of time as we understand it; and provides for us, a link to the ‘garden’. True Wood is thus the arbiter and mediator for legend.
For our current exhibition at Campbell Works, Neil Taylor explores the haptic resonance of True Wood by denoting the devotional fetishisation laid onto the Legend of the True Cross artifacts, these splinters becoming manifestations of a kind of sexualised desire in which gratification becomes linked by an abnormal degree to the veneration of a physical device. Likening this fervour to the behaviour and pilgrimages found within the contemporary art world, True Wood invites us to explore the question ‘what do we want these objects to do for us’?
Exhibition dates: 12th May 2011 – 19th June 2011
Gallery Hours: Thur – Sun 12.00 – 6.00pm or by appointment