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Since the late 1960s Long has been making works that originate in carefully planned walks in the countryside. His peregrinations act as drawings that inscribe physical or metaphorical marks into the landscape. When Long brings natural materials into the gallery environment he places them in simple,
geometric arrangements, as here with red slate from the border of Vermont and New York State. This configuration emphasises the tension between conceptual structure and organic matter. Long stated: ‘A circle outdoors focuses our attention on the environment it is in, while indoors the circle and materials demand the attention.’

September 2016