Julie Brook Made, Unmade.....Site Specific Sculpture at Bonhoga Gallery, Shetland
04 June 2013
Shetland Arts has
received funding from Scottish Natural Heritage to fund the
creation of a large-scale outdoor artwork, to be created in the
landscape alongside Bonhoga Gallery, by artist Julie Brook. The
work will form part of her upcoming solo exhibition Made, Unmade, which will
open to the public on the evening of 14th June. Julie and her two
assistants will arrive in Shetland this weekend to start work on
the stone structure, which is to be located in the park to the
north of the gallery, owned by Shetland Arts.
Julie Brook is a British artist who works
with the land, where her response to the forms and materials to
hand is expressed through her work. Over the past twenty years she
has lived and worked in a succession of wild and remote landscapes,
creating sculptures, paintings, drawings and films.
During 2008/09 Julie Brook travelled and
worked in the black volcanic desert in central Libya and in the
Jebel Acacus mountains in South West Libya. The stark landscape
influenced a corresponding shift in the way she made large scale
drawings and sculptural work in situ. This led to further
exploration in 2011/12 in the semi-desert of North West Namibia
where the absolute nature of the light and shadow is expressed in
the new sculptural work.
The work is transient and changes
significantly according to the light and time of day it is seen.
Brook explores these changes through film and photography which
become in turn the expression of the work.
Julie Brook's first solo exhibition since
her return has just closed at the Dovecot in Edinburgh and the work
for exhibition in Bonhoga will be coming directly from there. It is
a great addition to the project that Shetland Arts is able to
commission her to create a site-specific work for
Jane Matthews, Shetland Arts' Exhibitions
Officer, said: "We're extremely grateful to SNH for their support,
enabling this project to happen, strengthening and celebrating the
connections between art and the landscape in the Year of Natural
Julie will also be running a drawing workshop in the
landscape, also funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, on the 15th
June from 11am - 1pm. For more details and booking visit
shetlandboxoffice.org or call 01595 745 555.
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