Does national identity really exist in the landscape? And is there such thing as a perfect, archetypal Welsh mountain? This exhibition is an exhaustive and often humorous attempt by Dave Ball to find the answers.
Through a series of absurd strategies, the works in the exhibition engage critically with nationalistic appropriations of landscape. Underpinned by a kind of systematic nonsense, the drawings, texts, videos and photographs in the show invite us to reconsider our own relationship to the hills, mountains, fields and lakes of our own “homeland”, wherever that might be. Skeptical, ambivalent, and at times just plain ridiculous, Ball’s strategies heroically fail to reach any conclusions about any of this at all.
The exhibition will be opened on Friday 18th November, 5.30-7.30pm. The artist will be present and will be joined by travel writer and map enthusiast Mike Parker. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.
‘Searching for the Welsh Landscape’ has been supported through a production grant from the Arts Council of Wales.
Dave Ball (b. 1978, Swansea) is an artist based in Berlin and Wales. Educated at Goldsmiths College, London (MA), and the University of Derby (BA), he is currently researching the use of absurd strategies in art practice at Winchester School of Art (PhD). He is represented by Galerie Art Claims Impulse, Berlin. He has exhibited widely across the UK and internationally and has completed various residencies, including at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in 2014.