Species of Trees and Other Landscapes
4th - 18th July 2014
Artist: David Harker
This exhibition includes examples of David Harker’s project Species of Trees and drawings, paintings and prints from his portfolio of landscape imagery.
Species of Trees is the artist’s ongoing endeavour to document the shape and skeleton of trees from various locations. This collection of drawings and prints are influenced by the vocabulary of marks in the woodblock prints and screen-prints of contemporary Chinese printmaking and the graphic art of 19th Century Japan. The series also acknowledges the 1771 publication by Alexander Cozens entitled The Shape, Skeleton and Foliage of 32 Species of Trees for the use of Painting and Drawing.
Other Landscapes takes the form of paintings, drawings and prints and make reference to locations once visited and experienced by the artist. These images represent Harker’s enduring interest in the representation of landscape and the possibilities for self-expression through various forms and mark making, as well as a document of recollection of places once visited represented through more fragmented imagery.
The exhibition presents images of moorlands and other open spaces, ancient monuments and edgelands, overlooked and fringe locations, where the uncertain relationship between man-made structures and nature can be seen.
Islington Arts Factory Exhibition Archive