A Tale from the Sea

Philip Osborne


Tuesday 4 - Sunday 16 September 2018
10 am - 5 pm

Opening view: Tuesday 4 September, 6 - 8 pm

Admission free



The central theme of this show is humanity and the way in which art acts as a focus for thought, a focus that is generated by behaviour, actions and being. This idea is a way of approaching, and a direction towards, a language of art practice.

The elements of arts language, that of line, tone, texture, pattern, colour and form, may be discrete in their own right, eliciting a different though related truth, or in a homogeneous way condensing into truth as the work is viewed. This can provide a structure on which to base an exploration.

Drawing teaches a truth to vision that over time allows perception to be questioned in terms of this truth. Ambiguity, and the tolerance of such, is built into the seeing process in an individual way. The images of waves need to be considered apart from being an object towards an understanding of the energy in a wave acting with the physical presence of water. The water does not move towards a beach; the energy does. In a similar way, time does not exist as a thing; it is movement of matter. This becomes apparent when making drawings of waves whilst in their presence, when viewed within the defined boundaries of our senses.

There is a special sort of awareness that comes with careful and concentrated viewing of nature; it is a meditation on a wave that matters, not careful reflection nor analysis - that is a later attribute of thought.

The sculptures are works carried out as an affirmation of the beneficial effect of being near the sea shore. A meditative device, the sea allows for free thinking as a discourse and dialogue with oneself and water.

The wave form sculptures result from time spent watching and bringing into focus those aspects of wave-ness that are discernible. This builds on previous work that developed from an appreciation of nature’s energy apparent in wave, cloud formation and weather observations. An apparent time, as if frozen in time, is laid to one side. The manifestation of energy moving, in memory results in quite differing responses or reactions to viewing waves.

The paintings are observations, reflections on which allow for a wide perspective to be developed. This is also manifest in the drawings and sculptures, each reflecting a different aspect of perception. These are not conditioned by scientific statements, but allowed to develop from a wide empathy with the weather conditions felt, memories of being in surf, and observations of wave movement.

This work is an appreciation without words of the natural phenomenon that results from the breathing in and out of internal/external perspectives in mimesis of the flow of tides. This is their story.