16/11/2022 - 21/01/2023

Contemporary - Text & Photography

Richard Long - Drinking the rivers of Dartmoor

Tue-Sat: 11-6pm

For his latest exhibition at the gallery, Richard Long presents a series of text works and photographs spanning his entire practice, from the 1970s to the present day. These works chart Long’s innovative path through and alongside histories of conceptual art, centering the artist’s life-long concern with walking as an aesthetic and philosophical practice. As textual and visual documentations of walks embarked worldwide, through mountains and deserts, shorelines and grasslands, rivers and snowscapes, Long’s works give poetic form to the ineffability and ephemerality of human perceptual experience.

Text has consistently featured in the artist’s practice, with the earliest of the five works shown here produced in 1987 (titled Desert Flowers) and the most recent dated 2022 (A Path of Innocence). These works emphasise Long’s preoccupation with the physical engagement of the body in a variety of landscapes. He not only evokes the temperature and geological materiality of a given terrain, such as the fourteen rivers that flow out of Dartmoor or the lavender scents, howling coyotes and roaring winds of Joshua Tree, but additionally denotes a temporal specificity to each walk


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