New Ground: Landscape Art in Wales since 1970

Gallery 1, Keith Arnatt, David Nash, Richard Long, Mike Perry

In Green Gorse, Pembrokeshire 2004, Perry frames a slab of green vegetation against a neutral white sky to provide a formal minimalist abstraction. Shooting up hill, from the coastal path, with no other form of reference it is difficult to get a feeling for the position of the artist. We could well be looking down over an emerald green rainforest as in Alex Hutte’s dramatic photographs in South America. Instead, closer inspection reveals only scraggy green gorse. Maybe this tangled growth, that has taken over vast areas of coastal land due to continuous sheep grazing, is West Wales’s equivalent of Europe’s grand vertical forests. A monochrome abstraction depicting the impacts of monoculture farming.

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