Ten Points

Ten Points

Our planet’s systems are being pushed beyond their limits: the health of its water, air and soils under siege. From deforestation and soil erosion, to pollution of rivers, oceans and the air we breathe, our planetary health is waning badly. Climate change is the biggest threat-multiplier of them all. Consequently, sea rise is now a very real threat to millions. Today, there is increased awareness and concern about sea rise. There is also considerable myth and misinformation, however. In this extract from the catalogue accompanying David Cass’s exhibition Rising Horizon, the Oceanographer and Author John Englander offers a few points and perspectives.

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Like a Whisper in Your Ear…

Like a Whisper in Your Ear…

So many artists express their ‘environmentalist’ concerns by forcing their argument in bold gestures that could easily be mistaken for confusing bigness with greatness. Cass, instead seems to unassumingly (though no less importantly) offer us the antidote to that – by which I mean, an urgent request to come in close, quietly, personally, in our own time… Here is an art that is truly intimate. It asks big questions, yes, but it asks them of the individual, drawn in close by the work’s diminutive size.

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Some Notes For a Future Essay on Scale

Some Notes For a Future Essay on Scale

My thoughts that follow relate primarily to a photograph by Alex Boyd and, in particular his image of State Lee, which is located in the North Atlantic and forms part of the St Kilda archipelago of the Outer Hebrides. They also relate to a much wider selection of images too, from cinema, modern painting, northern romantic painting of the nineteenth century, and a lot more besides. This is, to all intents and purposes, a short text that I am using as a means to park some ideas that I’d like to develop, elsewhere, elsewhen – maybe even in the pages of Art North magazine. I haven’t yet decided.

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