04 - 09 Dec 2015
10am - 4:30pm
There is an exhibition preview: Friday 4 December, 6-8pm
36 Lime Street Gallery
36 Lime Street
Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, NE1 2PQ
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This exhibition will be one of the last in a year-long series of events and exhibitions in response to artist Stevie Ronnie's trip to the High Arctic in 2013. Arctica is an experimental, cross-disciplinary programme of poetry, photography and performance exploring climate change in a story of love, loss and longing.
This exhibition will be one of the last in a year-long series of events and exhibitions created by award-winning artist Stevie Ronnie in response to his trip to the High Arctic in 2013 (supported by The Arctic Circle and Durham Book Festival). Arctica is an experimental, cross-disciplinary programme of poetry, photography and performance that responds to climate change in a story of love, loss and longing. The exhibition at 36 Lime Street Gallery will include some of the more experimental pieces that combine video, painting, audio, text and photography.
This broad ranging series of works is an ambitious and collaborative approach to representing the magnitude of the Arctic landscape, the effects of climate change, and the anticipated death of a loved one. Each artwork is a standalone piece, but together they create a compelling, intuitive and ultimately hopeful environment of response to existential crisis. The artworks are a medium to navigate this difficult emotional terrain and to find solace and connection with other souls exploring the same area.
Stevie returned from the High Arctic with a new perspective on our consumer culture: "I’d known that change was necessary but visiting this remote, medialess place where nature is clearly in control brought home the enormity of the challenges that face us as human beings. And what can I, a mere speck on the map, do about it? As a writer, as an artist, I can protest in the Latin sense of the word: protestari – “to declare publicly, testify".