made, umade is Julie Brook’s first solo exhibition since her return from travels to Libya and Namibia. The exhibition is an immersive experience, bringing visitors closer to the environment and emotion of her work.
Julie Brook is a British artist who works with the land, where her response to the forms and materials to hand is expressed through her work. Over the past twenty years she has lived and worked in a succession of wild and remote landscapes, creating sculptures, paintings, drawings and films.
During 2008/09 Julie Brook travelled and worked in the black volcanic desert in central Libya and in the Jebel Acacus mountains in South West Libya. The stark landscape influenced a corresponding shift in the way she made large scale drawings and sculptural work in situ. This led to further exploration in 2011/12 in the semi-desert of North West Namibia where the absolute nature of the light and shadow is expressed in the new sculptural work.
The work is transient and changes significantly according to the light and time of day it is seen. Brook explores these changes through film and photography which become in turn the expression of the work.
Dovecot exhibits Brook’s carefully sequenced, accomplished and immersive films which guides the visitor through these virtual spaces serving as both documents of the artist’s experience and a means of reconfiguring the natural world. made, unmade also features a series of drawings alongside a specially commissioned rug produced by Dovecot weaver Jonathan Cleaver inspired by Brook’s work Suspended Block. At the time of making, this gun-tufted rug is one of the largest rugs ever tufted at Dovecot.
Throughout the run of the exhibition, Dovecot will also be hosting a series of talks in conversation with the artist to examine the nature of land based work, and our connection to listening, noticing and connecting to wilderness.
More can be read more about The Land Art of Julie Brook in Robert Assaye’s article in The White Review.
Watch a short film made by Julie Brook of the installation at Dovecot of _made, unmade_.