‘All the rest…’ in the Chapel
Opened on Saturday, June 26th 2010, ‘All the rest...’ was the inaugural exhibition at Chapel Arts Studio, in the grounds of St Mary’s Church, Andover. This group show by resident artists Dave Dixon, Kate Harding, Russell Moreton and Yonat Nitzan-Green revealed the reincarnated chapel to the public for the first time since its official opening in November 2009.
The artists use clay, books and dust, as well as oil paints, drawings and video in their work which relates to issues of memory and cultural identity.
Harding’s powerful drawings and video installation reawaken the memory of the building in its old use as a Chapel of Rest, and Moreton’s use of clay conveys the fragile and vulnerable body as it leaves its trace in materials.
A book can be described as a ‘vessel of memory and culture’ since its content is made up of facts and imagination. Dixon’s installation is a meditation on the dust which accumulates on forgotten, worn-out books. By contrast, Nitzan-Green’s painting is a response to a book that she read, by the Palestinian author Yahya Yakhlif, entitled A Lake Beyond The Wind. Here, facts and imagination are being used to re-examine the past and present of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
The four artists, with the support of Test Valley Arts Foundation, wished to celebrate with the people of Andover their new understandings of memory and cultural identity through art.
‘All the rest...’ continued until Sunday July 4th 2010.
Invited guests to the preview included The Mayor and
Mayoress of Test Valley, Sir George Young MP, Roy Perry and
Madeline Edmonds of Test Valley Arts Foundation. The artists
are Kate Harding and David Dixon (left) - Russel Moreton and
Yonat Nitzan Green (right).
Kate Harding - Non-functional Harmony - installation,
painting and video, 2010 [part of]
Yonat Nitzan-Green - Mother’s apron - installation,
painting (oil on canvas) and food, 2010
Russell Moreton - Augury vessel - sculpture, raw clay with
Silca sand on drying shelves, 2010
David Dixon - Non plus ultra - Four-part Installation,
David Dixon - ‘Many will pass through and knowledge will
be greater’ - Four-part Installation, Books, 2010