Exhibition : sketches of spain… slow forward

This exhibition features a collection of black and white photographs by James Rock that show us a visual narrative of Almagro, a small country town in La Mancha, Spain and inspired by the literary works of Miguel De Cervantes and Federico Garcia Lorca, and the music of Miles Davis.

James wrote the following introduction whilst on-route to Almagro: –

“We are flying over Spain at 30,000 feet. I look below at the vast landscape. It is July and the land glows in the mid-summer heat. It lies there bleached, parched, dry and arid. We are on our way to La Mancha and I wonder what to expect? This is the territory of Cervantes and Don Quixote’, with its rural landscapes and many windmills. It is also the land that Lorca wrote about in his first book ‘Impresiones y paisajes’ with its vivid descriptions of distant sierras, golden hills, medieval towns, fortress-like monastries and churches, decaying buildings, and small taverns filled with poverty stricken peasants. A land full of open fields where ‘reapers scythes bring death to fields of corn where poppy flowers set out their ancient cloth’. I sit back expectantly, closing my eyes, imagining, and wondering what my own travels there will find?”

photo copyright James Rock, 2013

Private View: 5pm – 9pm Saturday 21 September 2013

Exhibition: 22 – 27 September 2013

Gallery Hours: Sunday 2pm – 6pm; Monday-Friday 5pm – 9pm

Download the event poster as a PDF here: James_show_1_sml


One thought on “Exhibition : sketches of spain… slow forward

  1. ian ross greenwood says:

    Congratulations – Slow Forward seems somehow appropriate to OPW and the needs of the UK today at several levels, including the need for a return to solid quality as used to be a hallmark of the UK – with so many bespoke makers – at a fraction of the cost in the road transport and noise. We need to go back and find the true path to “less is more”.

    Ian Greenwood
    Designer – Greenwood Structures and warmer walls, windows/heat-store floors.

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