Static Island - Robin Dowell

Image Credit: Robin Dowell

Back Lane West

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Friday 28 July 2017 – Saturday 29 July 2017

Private View: Friday 28 July, 5-8pm
Open Saturday 29 July, 10am-3pm

Come along and see the results - and speak directly to the artist - of the Inland Art Festival Residency Award winner's work during July 2017 at Back Lane West.

Robin is working in and from the BLW space, exploring a body of work and ideas which consider the Tywarnhayle mining area around Porthtowan, Cornwall. Once heavily mined for famously rich seams of copper, the area is dominated by reminders of its post-industrial nature. Romanticised as a symbol of Cornish innovation and industrial might, the true heritage of these activities are more ambiguous; SSSI status celebrates rarer flora which survive in this otherwise inhospitable environment, mine-water runoff inhibits the photosynthesis of grass by the stream’s banks and the rock is pitted with tunnels. In Static Island Dowell aims to respond to the deep topography of Tywarnehayle, considering this landscape as a powerful metaphor for not only our relationship with the earth, but also with each other.

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