In Moor Forms, Berlin-based artist Amélie Blendl and Cornwall-based artist Jonathan Michael Ray present works created while on residencies at Porthmeor Studios in 2018. They are also working collaboratively in an open studio throughout February 2019.
Bringing together shared concerns from their individual practices, this exhibition and studio collaboration looks at patterns, textures, forces and networks in the natural world. Theworks that Blendl and Ray are showing and making reflect how landscape has been shaped by human use, taking objects and images from specific locales and combining them into new and different forms.
Focusing on West Penwith in Cornwall – in particular the moors and coastline between St Ives and St Just – Blendl and Ray subvert conventional readings of these settings based around beauty. Instead, the works focus on the complex structures that make up our contemporary understanding of, and relationship with, landscape.
In the Borlase Smart Room, Blendl and Ray show existing works created on their respective residencies at Porthmeor Studios. The exhibition is continued in a real-time collaboration in Studio 5, where more recent works are presented and developed across the month. The project culminates in a public talk and discussion around the work.
Both of these spaces will be open to the public throughout Febraury, starting with a private viewing on Thursday 7th February 2019, 5–8 pm.
Open Thursday to Saturday or by appointment, the project runs until Sunday 24th February 2019.