The Quarry

Charles Danby, Rob Smith

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Abstract

Charles Danby, Department of Fine Art, Northumbria University, and Rob Smith, artist and co-director of Field Broadcast. Collaborators since 2012. Our work through film, photography and site-extracted material objects investigates processes of being-in and moving through remote and contained land sites, unraveling and reframing proposals central to British Land Art activities of the 1960s/70s in respect of evolving media technologies, altered relationships to site, and new conceptions of document and archive. Our recent exhibitions include The Quarry, IMT, London, 2013 and Site Exploration, Cube, Leicester, 2014. Our presentation looks at how we entered and approached the mythical sites of Robert Smithson’s only work produced in Britain, Chalk-Displacement-Mirror (1969). It considers the multiple sites of the work (actual and fictional) across time and geographic distribution, examining their post-industrial status as material sites, and how new forms of agency can be generated through site re-visitation, fieldwork, and artwork production. It considers our art practice in relation to positions of land reparation and the commercial housing development plans for the quarry site of Smithson’s artwork.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventRevisiting the Quarry: Excavation, Legacy, Return. Approaches to the histories and sites of Land Art - Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …

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OtherRevisiting the Quarry: Excavation, Legacy, Return. Approaches to the histories and sites of Land Art
Period1/01/14 → …

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