Gayle Chong Kwan: Terroir and the Pathetic Fallacy

18 Apr 2009 – 14 Jun 2009


Lymington, United Kingdom


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  • ArtSway is just opposite Sway station which is on the London (Waterloo) to Weymouth line.

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Terroir and the Pathetic Fallacy is a large-scale installation inspired by ArtSway's rural location, incorporating sculpture, photography and sound work, of an imaginary tourist resort which plays upon pagan myths and weather elements, made out of inert edible vegetables. ‘Terroir' is an imaginary and all-encompassing tourist resort, populated by people whose real character is disguised through vegetable outfits and masks. A world of horrific beauty and pagan characters created out of inert materials into a landscape based upon the architecture and design of palaces of dictators and presidents. ‘Terroir' is a themed resort of ‘naturalistic pantheism', which explores, celebrates and critiques architectures of power and constructed by ridiculous and inert vegetables. The installation will feature large-format photographic wrap-around images of the resort accompanied by portraits of the characters that inhabit this themed resort. Sound work will include secrets of this imaginary resort, as told by the characters. The work reflects developments in contemporary tourism, which harness aspects of weather and climate and will reflect the system of cloud classification, created by Luke Howard (1772-1864). The title of the exhibition refers to the ‘Pathetic Fallacy', whereby an authorial voice alters weather conditions to reflect the mood of the action, situation or narration. Terroir and the Pathetic Fallacy is part of a touring project entitled The Grand Tour. The tour is a programme of new work by Gayle Chong Kwan presented at mac, Birmingham; Arts Co., London; Cittadellarte - Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella, Italy and ArtSway, Hampshire. Supported by Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester and funded by Arts Council England. www.gaylechongkwan.com Exhibition Associated Events: Gallery Talk: Gayle Chong Kwan in Conversation with Peter Bonnell Saturday 18 April 2009 at 3pm London based artist Gayle Chong Kwan, in conversation with Peter Bonnell, ArtSway's Curator, will discuss the themes and ideas behind her exhibition Terroir and the Pathetic Fallacy. Chong Kwan will place the exhibition in the context of her touring project The Grand Tour, and how each element of the tour, including Terroir and the Pathetic Fallacy, interrelate and connects to her practice as a whole. FREE: booking essential. Art in Context: The Evolution of The Grand Tour Wednesday 29 April 2009 at 7pm Alongside Gayle Chong Kwan's exhibition, ArtSway is pleased to present an evening lecture by Professor Edward Chaney, Professor of Fine and Decorative Arts at Southampton Solent University. During this informal discussion Professor Chaney will discuss the origins of The Grand Tour, and how it became an essential trip for gentlemen to take and better themselves in the 16th and 17th Centuries. FREE: Booking Essential. Publication Launch: The Grand Tour by Gayle Chong Kwan Saturday 23 May 2009 at 3pm The 72 page full colour publication, coinciding with Gayle Chong Kwan's exhibition at ArtSway will officially be launched at the gallery. The Grand Tour is an ambitious book, documenting Chong Kwan's six-part touring exhibition, featuring a critical text by curator Camilla Brown, and an essay discussing the origins of the historic Grand Tour by Professor Edward Chaney. FREE: All Welcome. For press images, interviews, booking and further information, please contact Jack Lewis on 01590 682260 (+6) or email: jack.lewis@artsway.org.uk ArtSway, Station Road, Sway, Hampshire SO41 6BA W: www.artsway.org.uk E: mail@artsway.org.uk T: +44 (0)1590 682260 ArtSway is open: Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 5pm Admission is free

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