Richard Long (born1945) has been making sculpture from natural materials since the 1960s. Much of his work is created as a result of walks he has taken in remote and uninhabited parts of the world and is concerned with ideas about time, movement and the environment.
This exhibition features new work specially created for the gallery. This includes a sculpture made of Delabole slate; a work based on the I-Ching symbol for earth and wall works made from Cornish driftwood, River Avon mud and Cornish china clay. The exhibition also includes text and photographic works documenting selected walks in Nepal, Bolivia and Oregon. Lunar and solar phenomena will also feature, as one of the text documented walks ends on a Cornish hilltop during the total eclipse of the sun in 1999.
Long's work is founded on a deep affinity with nature, involving his direct engagement with its space and materials. It is this relationship between man and nature that makes his work both timeless and universal.
This exhibition features in Galleries 2, 4, 5 and the Roof Terrace. A full-colour exhibition catalogue with an essay by Paul Moorhouse is available from the Bookshop priced £9.95.