A solo exhibition of work by Phil Booth on the upper floor of Tremenheere Gallery. An exhibition of recent work comprising polychromed wall constructions, box works, art medals and works on paper.
Underpinning much of the work are critical questions about the many-layered and often dysfunctional relationship between ourselves and the natural world, challenging, for instance, the dualistic notion of an inevitable divide between humankind and nature. In some ways then, it may reflect a critical position, at other times, paradoxically, the work may be celebratory. A consequence of this central approach can be found in the fact that the language of the work explores the space between mathematics and art, geometry and flow, abstraction and figuration, and experience and myth.
Much of the work in this exhibition originates in reactions to encounters with the landscape, usually through drawing. An extensive development process brings together this material and other sources that can be entirely invented, revealing and enlarging new dynamics and discoveries. Ultimately the meaning of the work lies in its presence, not illusion, expressing a sense of the physical world in a vibrant abstract language without replicating reality, creating a kind of personal geology that alludes to and celebrates the underlying forces of nature rather than merely depicting it.
The exhibition runs 8th May – 12th June 2021. Tremenheere Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm.
THE GALLERY, TREMENHEERE SCULPTURE GARDENS, GULVAL, PENZANCE