Approved: 23.01.2013

Geoff Dunlop

Artist, Curator, Film-maker, Writer

Archived
Approved: 23.01.2013

Much of my work as an artist is a response to the flowing narratives of nature, and to the wealth of languages that nature has developed to tell us its stories. Through my close scrutiny of surface I seek to imply and evoke what lies beneath, in the deep structure of matter. Intentionally, my images slip and slide between the descriptive and the abstract - seeking to provoke thoughts and feelings in the viewer, as a musician might try to encourage thoughts and feelings in the listener.

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  • Location: Wells, South West
  • Artforms: Digital, Photography, Printmaking
  • Tags: abstract, dao, flow, metamorphosis, printmaking, water, scroll, diversity, environmental, nature, science, chance, glimpses, immersion, movement
 
 

Artist Statement

Much of my work as an artist is a response to the flowing narratives of nature, and to the wealth of languages that nature has developed to tell us its stories. Through my close scrutiny of surface I seek to imply and evoke what lies beneath, in the deep structure of matter. Intentionally, my images slip and slide between the descriptive and the abstract - seeking to provoke thoughts and feelings in the viewer, as a musician might try to encourage thoughts and feelings in the listener.

Thomas Berry, the cultural historian and philosopher of nature, wrote this, for me, inspirational text: "We are in trouble because we do not have a good story. We are between stories. The old story ... is no longer effective. Yet we have not learned 'the new story'. We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. All the disasters that are happening now are a consequence of that spiritual 'autism' "The universe story is the quintessence of reality. We perceive the story. We put it in our language, the birds put it in theirs, and the trees put it in theirs. We can read the story of the universe in the trees. Everything tells the story of the universe. The winds tell the story, literally, not just imaginatively. The story has its imprint everywhere, and that is why it is so important to know the story. If you do not know the story, in a sense you do not know yourself; you do not know anything."

My worldview has inevitably been influenced by the many years I have spent travelling the world as a filmmaker, where I have learnt to appreciate the pleasures of difference while discovering that what connects us is infinitely greater than what divides us.  Filmmaking is essential a social and cooperative activity, and I find that I am transferring those collaborative skills into curating. I find enabling as stimulating and rewarding as making. Bringing both practices together is a privilege. 

I am a member of the Unesco supported Art of Nature network. I am an associate artist at 44AD, Bath, and a committee member of FaB, Fringe Arts Bath. I am also a committee member of WAC (Wells Art Contemporary) 

Welcome to my website at www.geoffdunlop-artworks.com

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2012 - Windscapes - immersive video presentation for Cultural Olympiad, ICCI 360 degree Arena, Olympic sailing venue, Dorset Group exhibitions 2013 - Creekside Open, APT Gallery Deptford, London - TM13, Real Fonderia Gallery, Palermo, Sicily - Lyme Open 2013, Malthouse Gallery, Town Mill, Lyme Regis, Dorset (Prizewinner)  2012 - Colletiva 1, Garage Bonci, Pietrasanta, Tuscany, Italy 1986 - State of the Art - photographic contribution to major travelling exhibition, ICA London, Modern Oxford, Ikon Birmingham and others Competitions, prizes and awards 2013 - Selected artist, ISEEYOU CONTEST 2013, Lazagne Magazine, Italy Publications 2012 - Eleanor Vale: A small community with a big idea - Photographer, author, publisher 1998 - Dancing - Contributing photographer 1986 - ...to present. Contributor to print publications and broadcast media on art, artists and ideas 1986 - State of the Art: Ideas and Images - Sole photographer Other 1990 - ... to 1995. Film presentations and talks, Metropolitan Museum, Whitney Museum, Museum of Broadcasting, New York 1990 - ...to present. Film presentations and talks, ICA, National Gallery, Tate, NFT etc, London 1986 - ... to 2005. Many award-winning films for international broadcast and presentation on art, artists and ideas - plus films exploring aspects of politics, history, belief, identity and the environment.