Not on display
These photographs shows the artist ‘surrendering’ under the M25 near Kings Langley, in some woods in the suburban landscape of Crawley, and on the viewing platform at Heathrow airport. The work plays on a dual meaning – surrender as an act of giving up, a laying down of weapons, but also as a letting go, allowing oneself to be overwhelmed by the sublime excess of the natural and material worlds. Gussin says he was inspired by a story by Franz Kafka that uses the phrase ‘surrendering to the distance’. ‘I think it influenced the choice of places in the images. They are points of departure, arrival or disappearance.’
Gallery label, August 2018
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