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The Wapping Project presents made, unmade by Julie Brook

Exhibition preview

THIS autumn (September 4 to October 6, 2013), The Wapping Project is showing made, unmade, a film installation by artist Julie Brook, a maverick, wild and innovative, who has roamed, and worked in a succession of uninhabited and remote landscapes for more than twenty years.

Creating sculptures within the landscape she explores, each of her works are temporal, ephemeral and unearthly, made of the fabric of the earth itself.

made, unmade is an immersive installation comprised of 16 large screens which surround the viewer. Housed in the exquisite Wapping Hydraulic Power Station’s Boiler House, it is an extraordinary filmic record of process shot by Brook as she dug and moved rocks and stones in the deserts of Libya and Namibia.

During 2008/09, Brook travelled and worked in the black volcanic desert in central Libya and in the Jebel Acacus mountains in South West Libya. This led to further journeys in 2011/12 to the semi-desert of North West Namibia. In these remote regions Brook forged a series of sculptures from the landscape. Light and shadow are expressed in the transient works, which change according to the light and time of day.

Brook has meticulously and sometime very crudely, documented the transitions as well as the back-breaking work involved in constructing her pieces. The result is a series of mesmerizing films, sometimes just dust filled screens, or the haze of heat as it burns off the desert floor.

These are essentially existential works as a lone figure comes to terms with its place in the world. The films are like messages from the front. The lack of artifice and self consciousness transforms these pieces into a renewed expression of the work itself.

made, unmade was previously exhibited (April 27 to June 1, 2013) at Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, one of the oldest weaving studios in the world. As part of this exhibition, a rug inspired by Brook’s work was commissioned by the studio and produced by weaver Jonathan Cleaver.

The handmade gun-tufted rug, one of the largest ever to be tufted at Dovecot, will be in London for the duration of the exhibition. Visitors will sit to observe Brook’s work, like a magic carpet transporting them closer to the environment and emotion of her work.

An exhibition catalogue with essays by curator and art critic Sacha Craddock and Scottish writer and broadcaster Richard Holloway is available for purchase.

Admission: Free.

Times: Monday to Saturday, noon till 10:30pm; Sunday, noon till 5:30pm.

Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, Wapping Wall, London, E1W 3SG