Julian Cooper At Brantwood

Monday, 30 November 2009

How pigheaded can one person be? After the Boardman Tasker Prize ceremony a few days ago, I dashed off in the direction of Coniston to attend the opening party for Julian Cooper's latest exhibition Mother Lode: Quarries of Cumbria and Carrara at Brantwood. It turned into an epic drive, thanks to the floods, with diversions via the Kirkstone Pass and the fringes of Langdale to avoid flooded roads and a washed-out bridge. Finally I reached Coniston and ducked into a pub for a stiffener only to discover the opening had been cancelled. Hey ho. I've never knowingly suffered for my art, but at least I can say I have for Julian Cooper's. The exhibition runs until 7 March next year, so hopefully I'll have a chance to see it before it transfers to London. I'll wait for a good forecast though. The catalogue suggests Cooper is looking hard at the architecture inherent in the detail of rock faces, particularly those found in quarries.

Posted by Ed Douglas at 3.48 PM