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"Frozen: Contemporary Snowscapes by Six Artists"
2002-12-08 until 2003-02-08
Site Gallery
Sheffield, , UK United Kingdom

From sublime landscape images to christmas card and snowglobe kitsch, there are varying degrees of romanticism associated with the snowscape. In this exhibition photography, video and sculptural sound installations undercut the romanticisation of the snowscape through a variety of means.

The exhibition includes Mariele Neudecker's stereoscopic projections of modelled snow-topped mountains which refer to the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, Neal Begg's manipulated maps transformed to record the actual mountain snowline, Chloe Brown's installations where voices resonate from under snowdrifts, stuffed rabbits cry and it snows indoors and video and photography which explores man‚s place in relation to forces of nature such as glaciers (Dalziel & Scullion) and freak snowstorms (Seifollah Samadian).

The works in the exhibition explore whether it is possible to get an authentic sense of the Romantic sublime from contemporary snowscape or whether it is merely an escapist tourist impulse for the untouched or untrodden landscape, which exists only in kitsch and nostalgia. By means of artificial snow, modelled mountains, digital animation, the freeze frames of photography & the flow of video, the works investigate the possible locations for the contemporary sublime in our current technological culture.

Artists: Neal Beggs, Chloe Brown, Dalziel & Scullion, Mariele Neudecker, Seifollah Samadian

Exhibition continues until 8 February. Christmas closure 21 December - 6 January inclusive. Entry free.


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