Get on board for a curious journey through the Black Swan Gallery in its latest exhibition
By fromepudding | Monday, October 15, 2012, 09:49
A curious view of a model train journey is on offer during the latest exhibition to come to Frome's Black Swan Arts Gallery.
Robin Tarbet's Monitored Landscape Series
London-based artist Robin Tarbet, who was born in Bath and studied at Royal College of Art, combines film-making and sculptural installation by using a small motion camera, a model city and a model train track to connect landscape and movement in his forthcoming exhibition 'Monitored Landscape Series' showing from Saturday October 20 to Saturday November 24 at Black Swan Arts.
The installation is part of a series he has created and exhibited across the UK and Europe. Each installation he constructs is different, but each showcases a continuous journey through a seemingly industrial landscape laid out in model form around the gallery.
The journey's view is relayed to television screens as it tracks through a constructed landscape of discarded parts of computers and other electronics, offering viewers a completely new angle on the exhibition.
"The magic of the exhibition lies in the reality of how the moving image is produced and, for the viewer, is the moment when they link the two parts together," Robin Tarbet said of his piece.
The gallery programming committee chair and exhibition curator Tristan Stevens explains: "The work has been shown in exhibitions in the UK as well as in Budapest. This is an ambitious project for Black Swan Arts and we were very pleased to invite Robin to bring the work to the South West as a sort of 'loop' and return to his childhood roots.
"And, of course, Frome is a market town with a rich industrial heritage, in the heart of the South West which in itself is a region marked by the engineering triumphs of the likes of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, so again we think the exhibition has a resonance with the town."
Robin Tarbet's Monitored Landscape series has been presented previously at EAST International Award in 2009, and Trafo Gallery, Budapest. Robin was born in Bath, studied at Royal College of Art and lives and works in London He has exhibited at Hayward Gallery, Outpost, Norwich, and London Underground.
The exhibition, which is free to all visitors and also includes a display of supporting prints, will run from Saturday October 20 to Saturday November 24.