Black Swan Arts / Events / Sat 08 Sep to Sat 06 Oct 2018 (1 month)

Volkhardt Müller – The Plantation

Volkhardt Müller – The Plantation

Volkhardt Müller won the Black Swan Arts Open 2017 prize of a solo show in the Long Gallery for his single channel video work, 'English Themes After Claude Lorrain', which explored the landscapes of Devon in the context of the picturesque and the sublime.
The resulting exhibition, The Plantation, includes video, mixed media and print. Its subject matter is plantation forests which are cultivated to maximise a single crop, usually conifers. Unlike the self-sustaining pastoral idyll, the core principle of the plantation is perpetual intervention and repetition. He says: ‘The plantation is needy and connected, fragile and overwhelming. Its effects are all around us, but it is not something we commonly choose to enjoy.’
Müller trained at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design. As well as being a maker of objects, installations, print and video work, he works as a collaborator on performance and educational projects. He teaches, presents and facilitates creative work from participatory art in the community to university level.
Since moving to Britain, his long-standing interest in how landscapes are created and proliferated has focused on the ways in which rural and urban concepts are interconnected – how notions of landscape contribute to the construction of cultural identity and the enshrinement of societal status quo. He says: ‘I like to know where I am located within my immediate environment and the people who shape it. At the same time, I am aware of how important it is to think further and beyond.’
The show runs from 8 September to 6 October, with a preview on Friday 7 September from 6–8pm – everyone is welcome to attend.

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