any of you who viewed the previous exhibition Real Life at
the Tate, you will be well aware that the majority of your time
was spent in the dark, moving between each cavernous installation
to watch the film and video works.
If then you plan on visiting the current exhibition you may need
to be slightly sedated before you step foot in the building for
I can only describe it as a small scale idiosyncratic and rather
chaotic explosion of colour.
Inspired by the landscape which surrounds him Terry Frost's paintings
are known for their masterful exploration of space, strong colour
Frost first moved to St Ives in 1946 with his wife Kathleen. Despite
settling in the sleepy Cornish village and having six children Frost
has spent considerable periods of time living and working in places
such as Corsham, Banbury, Reading and San Jose, Texas, which has
been a great inspiration to his work.
The focal point of the exhibition The Leeds Connection features
Frost's breakthrough paintings made during his Gregory Fellowship
at Leeds University between 1954 - 56.
Winter (1956) by Terry Frost
will also be showing new work made in Cornwall in 2002 alongside
a selection of work by artists that he has a particular interest
There is also the opportunity to see Homecoming, the Pier
Arts Centre Collection. Through a passion for art collecting Margaret
Gardiner - a close friend of the first and second generation of
St Ives artists - assembled a vast collection of works that reveal
the emergence of late British Modernism during the 1970's.
Ships and Lighthouse by Alfred Wallis
collection, held at the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness in Orkney has
been a delight to anyone fortunate enough to discover it. While
the Arts Centre renovates its space, the collection is being show
at the Tate St Ives for a year.
Painting Not Painting includes new work from a younger generation
of artists Jim Lambie, Julie Roberts and Victoria Morton.
On entering the spherical corridor in the Upper Gallery it is impossible
to miss Zobop Floor by Jim Lambie.
Floor creates an unbalanced feeling
using muti-coloured sign writer's tape the optical disturbance created
within the space is quite unique. Perspective is skewed which is
even more pronounced once you reach the stairs.
Julie Roberts presents a series of drawings of the victims of Jack
the Ripper whilst Victoria Morton has created a group of large scale
Panorama by Richard Slee, an installation comprising of around
100 ceramic forms is his largest ceramic works to date.
by Richard Slee
humorous and rather eccentric body of work contains a variety of
animals - including Appropriated Rabbit which Slee found
in a junk shop and had to make a ceramic model of it to understand
it - swamp debris and meteorites.
continues until 11th May 2003
Pier Arts Collection
can be seen at the Tate until 25 January 2004
Tate St Ives Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall