I went to the Private View of Coast Unearthed at Bridport Arts Centre last evening. This latest show in the Allsop Gallery features work by Jeremy Gardiner and Amanda Wallwork interpreting the geology of the Jurassic Coast. In 2009 Amanda curated an interesting exhibition called Mapping the Jurassic Coast, which looked at Dorset’s coast from a linear perspective, this new exhibition of paintings and prints examines the rocks and strata that form the hidden landscape of this unique coastline.
I was particularly keen to see Jeremy’s monoprints as I am likely to use monoprint techniques in the Tidelines project and the subject being the coast … well! I found these vertical images very interesting with a wealth of textural riches and some beautiful colour choices (which turned out to be loosely drawn from the colours on the geological maps for each place).
There is a lot to look at and explore in each of the prints and I really liked them and they had a lot of resonances with things that I am doing, have done and am interested in. Despite this I found them to be cold: they elicited my admiration for the technical prowess and tickled my intellect, but passed my emotions by somehow. I will go and have another look at them when it is quieter and see if my response is any different.
Amanda’s work is very different yet the way the show is hung they complememt each other well. I felt very at home with these pieces – plaster on board, stained and abraded, separate blocks aligned in a single work. I was reminded of work that I did inspired by Llanfairfechan beach back in the early 1970s, only I used stained wood. There were two pieces that left me unmoved, but the others I liked, a couple very much.
The exhibition continues untill 11 August 2012. Entry is free and there is a gallery talk with the artists on Saturday 21 July at 2pm also free. Well worth a visit,