Richard Long, The Great Ouse Mud Drawing 2016
Sunlight and Gravity
Works by Roger Ackling and Richard Long
This exhibition celebrated a life-long friendship between two of the most innovative artists who have worked with nature, the elements and the environment. On show were some of the reliefs by Roger Ackling from the 1980s to the 2000s made with driftwood, using the rays of the sun focused with a magnifying glass as a medium to create marks.
Richard Long showed pictures made with mud from the river Avon near his Bristol home and he made a new Great Ouse Mud drawing, with mud from the Great Ouse river which runs through King’s Lynn. In both cases the artists created images without direct use of the hand.
Richard Long making the Great Ouse River Drawing for the opening of GroundWork Gallery in July 2016
The first work a visitor to GroundWork gallery sees is Richard Long’s dramatic splash mud drawing, made in situ for the opening exhibition ‘Sunlight and Gravity’. It remains, opposite the entrance, as a signature work and talking point. People have already said how it reminds them of the essence of a river, of long–flowing tresses of hair, of the bark of a tree. In a similar way it forms a starting point for a dialogue with each new exhibition, and it is always interesting to see what kind of different interpretations emerge.
Sunlight and Gravity: The exhibition
The exhibition was a memorial tribute to Roger Ackling who died at his home in Norfolk during its planning in 2014. Some of his unique weather diaries were on show for the first time.