In this exhibition, Kurt Jackson traces the journey of a staple crop – wheat – from ‘field to fork’ through a range of media spanning paint, sculpture, poetry and film.
The building that now houses the Jackson Foundation was once an integral part of Warrens Bakery, the oldest pasty makers in Cornwall. From here, forklift trucks darted back and forth taking their loads to the bakery up the road, where the sweet aromas of baking bread and cakes, sausage rolls and pasties emanated, perfuming the town, filling the streets.
In this exhibition, Kurt Jackson explores how this simple crop has shaped the landscape (and our lives) though a beautifully eclectic body of work.
Kurt Jackson’s work is fuelled by a long standing interest in Cornwall’s extractive industry and its role in shaping the physical landscape, culture and heritage of Cornwall; over the last 20 years, he has explored the geological workplace as a source for making art.
For this project, Jackson worked in situ at the clay works, observing the workers in the pit as they extracted and transported the china clay in an extraordinary manmade landscape. The dramatic (and sometimes extreme) variations in the weather inspired a diverse range of drawings and paintings, perched on the edge of the pit or down in the depths – including the clay and stone itself in the mix.
Kenidjack: A Cornish Valley
Lockdown made us look anew at our local areas. We could exercise but only ‘around the block’; we saw our localities with fresh eyes, special in their own right and given the chance, they revealed their natural wonders to us. For leading contemporary artist Kurt Jackson, ‘around the block’ meant a walk into and along Kenidjack Valley, tracing the stream down to the sea and then up and along the cliffs and home.
This latest blockbuster exhibition at the Jackson Foundation – a large, ambitious and multiple award-winning art-space in St Just, Cornwall – is a stunning collection of paintings and sculpture inspired by this stream from its source on the moors, down through the valley and into the sea, taking in the sights, sounds, history, heritage and wildlife along the way.
August 28th 2021 – February 20th 2022.
North Row, St Just,
Cornwall, TR19 7LB.
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Our existence depends on biodiversity; the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink all depend on it…
With a series of paintings, sculptures and mixed media works this exhibition will aim to show what an amazingly biodiverse world we still live in and how this is changing. All these life forms have the same entitlement to live as we do and fundamentally they are all individually fascinating, extraordinary and beautiful organisms in their own right. By being aware of the life we share this planet with we can appreciate it and then conserve it.
At the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Oxford – from February 1st 2022.