A long time ago, when I studied art history in college, I was first warned against the inadequacies of “lantern slides” (as we called them then) and book illustrations for presenting works of art.
These media misrepresented everything – size, scale, picture color and values, and texture.
In time, and with increased experience and study, I found that my teachers’ observations and warnings were correct.
The crystal-like clarity of web presentation has, if anything, made things worse. A dozen keystrokes present viewers with a dozen vastly different renderings/images of the same work of art. Which is the “correct” one?
Answer: None of them.
This is a long-winded way of apologizing for the inadequacies of these virtual lantern-slides of a few of Timothy Shepard’s works, which are currently on view at 10 Grosvenor Street Art Space, London, W1K 4QB (show on until May 16th, M-F 9 am – 6 pm).
“Work on a Landscape Collage begins with me spending time within the landscape itself and overlaying impressions and perceptions in my mind. I use a camera to capture and record this experience as a visual record, photographing the numerous individual elements which unselfconsciously catch my eye.
Back in the studio, in a long and painstaking process, I reassemble these elements, layer upon layer. Hundreds of image fragments form the final picture, with a fluidity and interconnectedness that express both the actual and imagined - an omnijectivity of the plural viewpoint. This is how the mind conceives the landscape - both in the present of seeing it, and creatively as a memory. Memory is collage.”
These are masterful country and urban landscapes that genuinely “reach” me this week and restore me at a moment when the universe presents like some cosmic hate letter and I seem to be sending ransom notes to myself. A genuinely peculiar stratagem for a person who really isn’t odd, who appears on the outside (wherever that might be) to be placid, unruffled.
I might ask: If memory is collage, what is forgetting?
Note: Readers can find better renderings of Timothy Shepard’s works HERE.
First: Wandering Over To The South Lookout, Albeburgh, In The Afternoon
Second: Between Snape Maltings to Aldeburgh In The Footsteps of Benjamin Britten
Fourth: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew