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Jasper Goodall: Twilight's Path

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Jasper Goodall: Twilight's Path

Time: June 4, 2021 at 12pm to July 17, 2021 at 5pm
Location: MMX Gallery, London
Street: 448 New Cross Road
City/Town: London
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Phone: 02086296728
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: MMX Gallery
Latest Activity: May 30, 2021

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It will open as part of London Gallery Weekend on the 4th June 2021 and run until 17th July.

Perhaps it is pertinent timing that MMX Gallery and Jasper Goodall have come together to present this work as we emerge from lockdown in the UK, for the dark atmospheric images convey a sense of solemnity that seems all the more poignant in light of the events that have taken place over the last year. During the Covid pandemic, green spaces took on renewed importance as the only areas still accessible to society, and many people experienced a reconnection with the natural world. And yet there is also a profound sense of loss, both of human life and of our ability to be carefree. These concurrent themes seem to resonate within Goodall’s photographs of dark, arboreal landscapes which convey a sense of haunting, portentous silence. The images reference notions of the Sublime in Romanticism; an experience that can invoke ‘delight’ in the disquiet of being outside ones’ comfort zone.

Over a three-year period, Goodall has visited areas of British forest and moorland to make images that he refers to as being ‘more akin to fairytale than documentary’. There is indeed an unreal quality to the images, and this is perhaps a result of using artificial lighting; it reminds one of those spooky, unnaturally lit forests we see in the movies. In the absence of any natural illumination (save for a few that include the moon), scenes are lit as if they are in a studio setting. This results in imagery that feels eerily unfamiliar; transporting the viewer from the recognisable landscape into a kind of liminal netherworld - it’s the landscape, but not as we are used to seeing it.

Goodall responds to this observation by speaking about the possibility of the darkness being seen as a metaphor for the unconscious mind; the ‘light’ of consciousness illuminates the known forms of tree and rock, but beyond these certainties lies the unknown.

Alongside the night-scapes is a set of images entitled ‘Dark Flora’. These are still life arrangements of natural flora foraged from local woodlands. Atmospherically lit, they are reminiscent of old museum exhibits. Indeed, the curated compositions were inspired by the Victorian taxidermy dioramas in the Booth Museum of Natural History in the artist’s home town of Brighton.

Each arrangement was collected from within approximately one square kilometre of land and are season-specific: May foxgloves; verdant midsummer mares tail; poisonous autumnal fungi; and dried, skeletal winter remnants. Goodall stresses the importance of using everyday flora like bramble, and other hedgerow natives, encouraging us to appreciate the natural beauty of plants so often overlooked in the everyday. They are a seasonal celebration of British wild flora.

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Comment by Magdalena Shackleton on May 30, 2021 at 0:04

To coincide with London Gallery Weekend, join us on Saturday 5th June for a day with the Photographer Jasper Goodall at MMX Gallery. He will be sharing some personal reflections and insights about his work featured in Twilight's Path exhibition.
Guided exhibition tours throughout the day starting at - 12.30 PM, 2.30 PM, 4.30 PM, 6.00 PM & 7.00 PM
General Q & A plus an informal conversation with the artist from 11.30 AM until 8 PM

MMX Gallery is Covid-19 secure - No booking required - Contact us if you require further information

during London Gallery Weekend 4 - 6 June

Friday: 11 - 6 pm
Saturday 5th June: 10 - 8 pm (Spotlight on South London & Exhibition tours at MMX Gallery)
Open on Sunday: 11 - 5 pm

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