15th Sep 2012 - 24th Nov 2012
Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust - Drill Hall Gallery
Riparian: Exhibition of work by Jim Cooke
Portland Sculpture & Quarry Trust - Drill Hall Gallery Easton Road, Portland, Dorset
01305 826736 Thursday - Sunday. 11am - 4pm (or by appointment). Admission free.
The exhibition sees Cooke take the three strands of River, Marginal Plants of the Thames and a Microscope, illuminating plants at dusk in their position as borders between space and land.
Cooke said: “My initial studies involved isolating particular clumps of vegetation against a void of darkness, revealing the specific form and detail of certain species.
“I have worked along the river at different times through the whole year to give the work the seasonality it needs.
“As a walker, boater and fisherman I have long been aware of its beauty and diversity, but it is only recently that the familiarity has become a deeper fascination for me."
Cooke says work by photographers such as Susan Derges and Thomas Struth, as well as books on botanical illustration, have “fired my passion” and “strengthened my resolve” during an extensive research period.
He has previously contributed to exhibitions at the in the same location about Portland stone and the regeneration of the famous quarry, leading to a week-long community photography course.