Species of Trees and Other Landscapes, David Harker.

Exhibition 4 July – 18 July 2014

at Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, London N7 OSF

Private View 4 July 7.30-9.30pm, preceded by a Reading of new poems by Tamar Yoseloff, inspired by David Harker’s work, 7-7.30pm

This exhibition includes examples of David Harker’s project Species of Trees and drawings, paintings and prints from his portfolio of landscape imagery.

Species of Trees is the artist’s ongoing endeavour to document the shape and skeleton of trees from various locations. This collection of drawings and prints are influenced by the vocabulary of marks in the woodblock prints and screen-prints of contemporary Chinese printmaking and the graphic art of 19th Century Japan. The series also acknowledges the 1771 publication by Alexander Cozens entitled The Shape, Skeleton and Foliage of 32 Species of Trees for the use of Painting and Drawing.

Other Landscapes takes the form of paintings, drawings and prints and make reference to locations once visited and experienced by the artist.  These images represent Harker’s enduring interest in the representation of landscape and the possibilities for self-expression through various forms and mark making, as well as a document of recollection of places once visited represented through more fragmented imagery.

The exhibition presents images of moorlands and other open spaces, ancient monuments and edgelands, overlooked and fringe locations, where the uncertain relationship between man-made structures and nature can be seen.

For information and images contact Eleanor Pearce 020 7607 0561

Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, London N7 OSF

info@islingtonartsfactory.org and www.islingtonartsfactory.org

Opening Times Mon-Wed 10am-11pm, Thursday 10am – 10pm, Friday 10-7pm

Saturday 10-5.30pm and Sunday 11-5.30pm

Topiary 2014

It is just plain bonkers.  When I first walked past this house and garden I had to double take.  For a short moment I could not get past both physically and psychologically, the hedge cut in such a manner, the time taken, the man hours of constant upkeep of this leafy fortification.  It is not possible to control nature in such a defined manner, so this house must employ a gardener on standby.  The thoughts of ‘The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin’, the suburban obsession of washing cars on a Sunday, cutting the lawn and the hedge of course, all these things were surpassed by, for me, the absurdity of this particular hedge.  On the other hand, I said to myself, it is a good way of letting light into the garden, not much light and slatted at that, so perhaps not.  Perhaps it is beautiful, in its sculptural, clean, albeit slightly wonky, lines, bottom row of teeth sort of way.  At any rate I set to work drawing and then making a painting and then a giclee print in honour of this gardening oddity.  The giclee I thought might lend a certain grandeur, classical elevation to this house and hedge.  The drawing made me look closely at the architecture of the house so typical of the low rise buildings in this part of North West London, John Betjeman’s ‘Metroland’.I chose to make a linear drawing but using the tiny pencil marks to describe the hedge which I had used for my drawings of trees. Topiary_