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Soft Estate

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M2 Motorway Island, Junction 3, 2013 Oil on Shellac on Linen 180 X 140 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & Spacex
Soft Estate

45 Preston Street
Exeter EX1 1DF
United Kingdom
March 8th, 2014 - May 3rd, 2014
Opening: March 8th, 2014 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
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painting

DESCRIPTION

The exhibition ‘Soft Estate’, the title of which derives from the Highways Agency term used to describe the natural habitats that have evolved along motorways and trunk roads, looks at how green borders offer a refuge for wildlife and a modern form of wilderness in the midst of intense urbanisation and agrochemical farming.

Artist and academic Edward Chell investigates these contemporary motorway landscapes, linking them to 18th century ideas of the picturesque to explore the interface between history, ecology, roads and travel through a series of new works.

Invited artists – Tim Bowditch and Nick Rochowski, Day Bowman, Jan Williams and Chris Teasdale (The Caravan Gallery), John Darwell, Laura Oldfield Ford, George Shaw, Robert Soden, and Simon Woolham – interrogate themes of ‘edgelands’, those familiar yet ignored spaces that are neither city nor countryside. Their works present juxtapositions commonly experienced in these minor landscapes, such as beauty and pollution, wilderness and human agency.