The Broken Pastoral
The body of work in the exhibition, all photographs shot at night with little or no additional light provided by the artist, is connected by two stands of thought and practice. The first is the transposing of themes of western classical art - ideas of the sublime, romantic, uncanny and melancholic - onto contemporary British landscape photography. The second strand aims to document these newly man-altered landscapes with a more nostalgic representation. Because of their intentional inclusion of nostalgia and romanticism, the photographs exhibited here are a distinctively British cultural response to the accelerating industrialisation and technological advances that have affected the English landscape over the past century and a half.
Although the exhibition’s title, ‘The Broken Pastoral’, refers to a longing for a return to a bygone era it is not intended as a lament for something lost, but more a celebration of what has been created, and the interventions that have replaced the old pastoral vistas – the creation of a new era in English landscape.
David George is a British photographer who has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions internationally. He is currently preparing for the group exhibition LONDON BY NIGHT at The Museum of London, curated by Anne Sparham opening in 2018. Previous solo exhibitions have included ELSEWHERE at PECKHAM 24, London, 2017, and EXTRAVAGANT at Minerva House, London, which is currently on view. Recent group exhibitions of the last few years have included UNCERTAIN STATES ANNUAL SHOW, The Arts Pavilion, London, 2016 & 2015; AFTER LONDON, Bank Gallery, London, curated by Michael Upton, 2016; LEGEND OF THE EAST END, curated by Zelda Cheatle, 2015; FOYLE FOUNDATION, Four Corners, London, 2015 and OXFORD HOUSE, London, curated by Francesca Wilkins, 2015. David George’s work has been included in The Observer, Photomonitor, The Evening Standard, British Journal of Photography and The Sunday Times Magazine, as well as publications including ARCHIVE, IMAGINING THE EAST END, published by Black Dog in 2013. David George’s monograph HACKNEY BY NIGHT, was published by Hoxton Mini Press in 2015.David is also one of the founding members of Uncertain States , a lens-based collective founded with Spencer Rowell and Fiona Yaron Field while studying at The Cass.
The exhibition opens with a private view on 28 September from 6-9pm. David George will speak about his practice, and the exhibition at Sid Motion Gallery at an artist talk on Thursday 2 November 2017, at 6pm. To reserve a place, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org