A 73 mile walk, 6,000 meters of tarred marlin rope and 146,000 handtied knots form the basis of Devon based emerging British artist Edward Crumpton‘s mammoth solo project The Mariners Way.
Incorporating a video piece, oil paintings, drawings, photographs and several limited edition woodcut prints in addition to a major rope sculpture, The Mariners Way will be exhibited in its entirety this Autumn as part of Edward Crumpton‘s first ever solo exhibition, hosted by new Devon based art space White Moose.
The Mariners Way pays homage to the many unknown sailors from the late 1600s and onwards who, after crossing the seas, further risked their lives by walking a treacherous 73 mile Bideford to Dartmouth route in an attempt to change ships. The 146,000 half-hitch macramé knots in tarred marlin rope reflect each step undertaken by the mariners, in a medium integral to their lives.
From April-June 2012, an intricate ball sculpture created by Edward Crumpton from the 6,000 metres of rope, was exhibited at The Forum, University of Exeter. It was unravelled earlier this summer to be transformed into a form of passage house – indicating the many nights spent by the mariners in unfamiliar settings – for the Heathercombe Gardens Sculpture Trail, EDGE 2013. For his first major solo exhibition at White Moose this Autumn, Edward Crumpton will once again unravel The Mariners Way sculpture to create a new piece, the form of which is yet to be revealed.
Stella Levy and Julie Gavin from White Moose, who are also officially representing Edward Crumpton as an artist, said: “We were extremely excited to discover Edward Crumpton almost three years ago now and have seen his work go from strength to strength ever since. He is certainly one of the most versatile and prolific new British artists we have come across and are convinced he will get very far very soon.”
Edward Crumpton‘s work Mariners Way II, a wood engraving on Zerkall paper, has just been accepted for the 76th Annual Exhibition of The Society of Wood Engravers in September, which will tour the UK in 2014.
Exhibition: Edward Crumpton – The Mariners Way
Gallery: White Moose
Dates: Fri 11 Oct – Sat 23 Nov
Times: Mon – Sat, 11am – 7pm
Private View (by invitation): Thu 10 Oct, 7pm – 9pm
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SHORT ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Edward Crumpton lives and works in North Devon. He studied Fine Art at the University of Lincoln and it was here that he began to develop his practice around landscape, the nature of the journey and how these journeys connect the human with the environment. Edward is particularly interested in how people have interacted historically with the environment, how the landscape is marked by the physical traces of human existence and how the oral tradition evidences their passage.
Edward’s work begins with a direct engagement with the landscape usually in the form of a walk. On this walk he creates sketches, often in pen and ink, takes photographs and uses other forms of mark making to record the event. This material then forms the basis for his studio practice that translates his experiences into sculptures, worked canvases and art installations.
For more information, visit www.edwardcrumpton.com
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