Exploring the work of two emerging artists based in Bristol, Recursive Gardens presents visions of an unfinished history of our relationship to landscape. Both David Foord and Dan Hampson construct landscapes which are imaginary, yet at the same time the nuances of these places seem familiar and touch upon real events.
Dan Hampson is interested in paying attention to our collective understanding of particular kinds of imagery: Victorian explorers lost in jungles – Sir Walter Raleigh, Dr Livingstone, Captain Cook; these figures and their associations form a recurring motif within his work. This motif, combined with elements from art history, goes to form what he thinks of as ‘psycho-historical landscapes.’ Dan graduated from Bath Spa University with an MA in 2012. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition, Fitzcarraldo at the Black Swan Art Centre in 2015.
David Foord is a painter pre-occupied with the way others see the world, and the ‘common sense’ of dominant ideologies. By creating believable but imaginary landscapes through curious juxtapositions of imagery, the work interrogates the social and historical frameworks through which we perceive the world. David graduated with a BA from Bath Spa University in 2013. He recently showed with the Campaign in Vain project which took place in Bath and Brighton last year.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated booklet featuring a text from Robin Marriner: Associate Senior Lecturer in Design and Critical Studies at Bath Spa University.
In Conversation: 6th April, 7pm: David Foord, Dan Hampson, Dr Kit Poulson, Bett Norris. Artists David and Dan talk about the themes of the exhibition and their approaches with invited guests. Dr Kit Poulson is a lecturer at UWE and a painter. His recent exhibitions include Qwaypurlake at Hauser and Wirth Somerset in 2015. Bett Norris is an illustrator and lecturer in Cardiff, and has had recent commissions for the New York Times.