At the Foot of the Mountain

At the Foot of the Mountain

2011

Tangent Gallery, Bentley

 

There is a difference between mountains and mountain-ness. That difference is one defined by distance and location. A real mountain is a place with a climate, native specie, geological history and its own special shape. Mountain-ness, however, exists wherever people are. Mountains permeate the art, music, media, myths, histories and minds of all cultures regardless of local topography. Perhaps by simply existing somewhere, mountains can enrich us, and give us a sense of place: a ‘home’ defined by opposition to a ‘place in the distance’. That distant place might be a mountain, desert, sea, island, tundra or outer space, and that’s where we derive our settings for mythology, our perspective on the size of the planet, and our sense of longing for the far away. SC

Photographs (c) 2011 Sheridan Coleman.

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The Mountains-in-the-Background Travelling Gallery, 2011, Sheridan Coleman, paper, photographs, and forged ‘artefacts’ from Uffizi Gallery, NGL, Tate Britain, Alte Nationalgalerie

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Detail, The Mountains-in-the-Background Travelling Gallery

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Detail, The Mountains-in-the-Background Travelling Gallery

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Detail, The Mountains-in-the-Background Travelling Gallery

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Detail, The Mountains-in-the-Background Travelling Gallery

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Detail, The Mountains-in-the-Background Travelling Gallery

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Detail, The Mountains-in-the-Background Travelling Gallery

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Detail, The Mountains-in-the-Background Travelling Gallery

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Mountaintop Castles, 2011, Sheridan Coleman, pencil on paper

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Neighbourhood Mountaineering, 2011, Sheridan Coleman, performance/documentation

performed in Mount Lawley, Mount Claremont, Tuart Hill, Mount Hawthorn, Mount Pleasent and Mount Henry BridgeCatalogue Cover

At the Foot of the Mountain, 2011, Sheridan Coleman, digital collage

 

 

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