23rd Aug - 15th Sept 2007
This exhibition, of the work of English artist Alan Rankle, comprises :
painting, photography, and video.
Alan Rankle is essentially a conceptual artist for whom the entire history
of Landscape Art and it's social and environmental implications, functions
as a found object. In both painting and videos his work fluctuates between
the abstract and the finely figurative. Individual and yet elcectic in his
approach, he regards "Styles as emblems of the way we can shift our
"Strange Territory", produced especially for Galleri Nordlys, and his
first showing in Denmark, is a new series of paintings and photographs
based on his travel sketches; predominantly his impressions of Copenhagen, juxtaposing the tranquillity of it's parklands with it's urban culture.
In some works he focuses on graffiti, the "art" of the disenfranchised of
the inner-city, and the imported signs and calligraphy of immigrant
settlers, as a way of contemplating his own status as a traveller; a
stranger in a foriegn land. In so doing he draws parallels with the implicit troubles and conflicts associated with the subjects of migration,
cultural ownership, and identity.