Tal R: Walk Towards Hare Hill

13 March - 17 April 2014
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An exhibition of a cycle of distinctive plein air paintings by the Copenhagen-based artist. 


Walk towards Hare Hill comprises thirty-seven works created near the artist's summerhouse in northern Denmark, over a couple of months in late summer 2013. More than just the latest series in the Copenhagen-based artist's oeuvre, Walk towards Hare Hill is also an act, a personal narrative and a reflection upon the medium.

Early each morning Tal R set off either on foot or by bicycle, with oils and a canvas, piece of board or sheet of paper - whichever was to hand - to create a new work in the nearby forest, returning each day to three different spots where he liked to sit. These small paintings - few are larger than 60 x 50 centimetres, and most are less than half that size - repeat the same motifs: a fallen tree, a fork in the road.  This exercise offered an immediacy of representation, and prompted Tal R to reflect upon the significance of making work in this way, asking whether painting en plein air is now just a romantic notion, or whether this mode of working can be a productive contemporary activity for an artist, in which the real and the imagined intersect spontaneously. The interest, for Tal R, is that even in this situation, you "cannot copy what you see, you must always invent it somehow, find ways of capturing it."

A catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

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