Situation is an exhibition of subtle and unusual works that showcase two fascinating artists who create art and images that raise questions about our understanding of and connection to the places and environments that surround us

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Situation at Williams Art, Dale's Brewery

Steve Smith


Richard Fraser

30 July - 17 August 2014
Viewing daily 8:30am - 6pm or later
(visit website for details)

Open Evening
Wednesday 6 August
6:30 - 9pm
Refreshments available

Williams Art is delighted to present Situation.

Architectural photographer Richard Fraser and installation artist Steve Smith join forces to present ‘Situation’ at Williams Art.

The very different creative practices of Fraser and Smith combine in this exhibition and draw together works that showcase their shared fascination with landscape, place and the built environment.

The joint exhibition emerges after a series of walks and discussions that ensued whilst traversing landscapes, both Fraser and Smith manifest works that question those places that are overlooked, disregarded and whose significance bears regarding a little further. The works showcase both creative practices and are not only artworks in their own right but give an insight into the motivations, research and practice of their creative work.

All works will be available to purchase, framed or unframed, in limited editions.
Steve Smith

Steve Smith is an artist who works across differing media but who predominantly works with a site-responsive or specific manner.
Smith is currently conducting practice-based doctoral research which investigates how an artwork might evoke memory in a site-responsive manner using found material.
For ‘Situation’ Smith presents documentary imagery of three previous time-based installation works. The photographs present his work ‘Erosion’ from 2007-8 which documented the very simple material of chalk from Beachy Head on the South Coast placed within the fabric of urban London and left to change during the course of a year for the online exhibition ‘Delicate Situations’.
‘London Stone-Foundation’ from 2010 configured fragments of London Stock brick on the banks of the Thames into the same configuration of a Georgian terraced house foundation plan left to be consumed by the tidal activity of the river itself.
The final work is 2013’s ‘118 Years Later’ which was installed within the Magazzini del Sale in Venice and marks Unesco’s current most plausible prediction for sea level rise in Venice, this timescale of 118 years also echoes the 118 year history of the 2013 Venice Biennale for which Smith’s installation had been produced.    

Richard Fraser

Richard Fraser observes architecture with a keen eye and has put this skilled observation to work for a variety of commercial clients within the field of architecture by documenting buildings and spaces.
Beyond this commercial focus of his highly evocative and beautiful images of the built environment, Fraser also spends time on walks and journeys in the landscape to document the land and countryside. It is in the places at which the almost disregarded hand of human activity manifests itself where Fraser’s images take on an eerie and beautiful quality.
He has enjoyed success in achieving national recognition in the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards and, more recently, in the Cambridge Photographer of the Year award ‘Your View’ and ‘Monochrome’ categories. He has been featured in a variety of well-regarded photography magazines. For the exhibition ‘Situation’, Fraser presents a series of images that show us his ongoing research and observations of the ‘transect’, a model of urban and rural planning which illustrates the changing zones between nature and man or the natural to built environment. It is within these zones and at their overlaps where Fraser shows us the overlooked or uncanny details that evoke this model.

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