News: New Commission in Central London
Optic Tree 2016 and Shadow Tree 2016 installed in United Agents, Soho, London
This commission brings landscape philosophy into the centre of London. Based on an oak tree planted by the English landscape designer Capability Brown in the 18th Century the artworks dominate the space and are ‘planted’ dead centre of each room. First shown in False Perspectives, the Mercer Gallery 2016 the trees play with the idea of landscape as text, a favourite idea of Brown, who would ‘punctuate' his landscapes with large trees or monuments that he likened to ‘commas' or 'full stops' on the horizon.
Optic Tree 2016 is in the larger, brighter space while Shadow Tree 2016 is in the smaller, darker space, sometimes used for screenings. A folding screen divides the boardroom into separate areas. The art work is on either side of the door, and each work defines the space. Clever technology stores them away when the room is opened to its full size.