Curated by the British Artist/Curator Christopher Winter, an international group of artists explore the language shift and cultural changes instigated by the invasion of 1066. The exhibition investigates themes of acceptance, alienation and displacement in foreign culture; themes that are very relevant today. Artists working in different disciplines (video, painting, photography, performance and light) respond to the theme by reinterpreting history through a contemporary perspective.
The exhibition includes Tom Hammick’s “Night Walk”. The painting is described by Jackie Wullschlager (FT 24 September 2016)
In “Night Walk”, a family of four, seen from the back, stride through a forest. The figures are simplified – a blue coat and red gloves, a pink anorak – as are the cropped tree trunks; all cast strange, uneven reflections in an inky grass foreground. The scene has a stages Modernist flatness and artifice combined with real narrative drive. Everything shifts in the fading light, including the fate of the family who stop at the sea’s edge as if, says their creator Tom Hammick, “they are about to come to their senses that their dream of the possibility of a new life is under severe doubt”.
Hammick’s depictions of contemporary life are infused with the yearning of European romantic painting, especially Casper David Friedrich, who inspires his use of the “Rückenfigur” device in “Night Walk”.
This exhibition is part of the Root 66 Contemporary Arts Festival.