RICHARD LONG: THE TIDE IS HIGH

ALAN CRISTEA GALLERY,
LONDON

15 NOVEMBER 2018 - 5 JANUARY 2019


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The Tide is High, an exhibition of new works by Richard Long, will be unveiled at Alan Cristea Gallery, London, on 15 November 2018
and will remain on view until 5 January 2019. 

The high tide and the huge steep mud banks of the River Avon at low tide have been a major influence on Long since his childhood,
and it is where he still gathers the source material for his works on paper.
The Tide is High is a series of prints based on drawings made from mud taken from the river in Bristol,
the city where Long was born and continues to live.

Tidemarks, Tide on the Turn, Ebb and Flow and Half Tide, 2018, screenprints from The Tide is High series,
each measure up to a metre in width.
The prints depict rivulets of muddy water; Long enjoys working with this mud for its tactility and material simplicity,
as well as its significance as a natural force which has traced the earth's surface for over a millennia.

The new prints will be shown alongside their mud drawing studies and some large carborundum relief prints that Long made in 2014. 
These prints were created from 4 x 8 foot aluminum plates and printed in mud-coloured ink as well as vibrant grass greens and fire reds.

This is Richard Long's second solo exhibition and second print project with the Alan Cristea Gallery.  

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“My first natural playground was the cliffs of the Avon Gorge and the towpath by the river.
So even as a kid I was fascinated by the enormous tide, and the mud banks, and the wash of the boats as they swept past.
You have this wash sweeping up the mud … muddy creeks …
I guess its right to say that I have used that experience in my art: like water, the tides, the mud.
All that cosmic energy is there in my work.”
Richard Long

The steep mud banks of the River Avon have provided both the source material and inspiration for Richard Long’s work since his youth.
The Tide is High features a new series of prints based on drawings made from mud taken from the river in Bristol,
the city where Long was born and continues to live.
The new prints are shown alongside their mud drawing studies and large carborundum relief prints from an earlier body of work,
one which has never been exhibited before.

The new prints depict rivulets of muddy water; Long enjoys working with this mud for its tactility and material simplicity,
as well as its significance as a natural force which has traced the earth’s surface for over a millennia.
Richard’s earlier prints bear the names of songs or music that Long likes.
Alongside the title of the exhibition, which is also the name of a 1980 Blondie song,
artworks include, The Maker, 2014, named after a Willie Nelson song and Fingers on Fire, 2014, named after a folk song.
Long is keen to point out that there is no direct connection between the songs, their lyrics and the subject of the prints.
He leaves it up to the viewer to make any connections to the Rhythm and Blues, Country, Irish Music and Reggae titles he references.

This is Richard Long’s second solo exhibition and second print project with the Alan Cristea Gallery.


 THE INVITATION CARD



'Tideline, 2018' detail,





 

 THE EXHIBITION



Installation view.




'Untitled 8, 2017', 

'Untitled 11, 2017',
'Untitled 10, 2017',
'Untitled 4, 2017',
'Untitled 7, 2017',
'Untitled 1, 2017',
from a series of twelve unique studies for the 2018 print series 'The Tide is High'. 
River Avon Mud on paper,
paper and image 29.4 x 20.9 cm each
Framed only: £ 21,600.00 each.




'Tide on the Turn, 2018', 
Framed: £ 4,500.00




'Tideline, 2018',
two screenprints,
paper and image 58.5 x 148.0 cm each,
editions of 15,
unframed: £ 3,600





'Fingers on Fire, 2014',
from the serie 'The Spike Island Tapes',
a two panel carborundum relief on paper
overall 248.5 x 242.5 cm''
edition of 7,
unframed: £ 18,000

 







Installation view.
From left to right:
'Time and Tide, 2018',
'Half Tide, 2018',
'Ebb and Flow, 2018',
'Tideway, 2018'.





'Time and Tide, 2018',
screenprint on Somerset 410gsm paper,
paper and image 58.5 x 148.0 cm,
edition of 25.

 

                  

'Half Tide, 2018' and 'Ebb and Flow, 2018',
screenprints,
paper and image 148.0 x 58.5 cm each,
edition of 20 each,
unframed: £ 3,600.




'Tideway, 2018',

screenprint,
paper and image 58.5 x 148.0 cm,
edition of 15,
unframed: £ 3,600.00





Installation view.
From left to right:
'Ebb and Flow, 2018', 
'Time and Tide, 2018',
'The Maker, 2014'
and
'Tidemarks, 2018'.


 




'The Maker, 2014',
a three panel carborundum relief on paper,
overall 239.5 x 349.5 cm,
edition of 3,
unframed: £ 36,000.00




 'Tidemarks, 2018',
screenprint,
paper and image 58.5 x 148.0 cm,
edition of 15,
unframed: £ 3,600.00




 

Installation view.
From left to right:
'Tidemarks, 2018',
'Tideline, 2018',
and
'Fingers on Fire, 2014'.





Installation view.
'High Tide, 2018' and 'Low Tide, 2018'.
                                                                                                    

                        

'High Tide, 2018' and 'Low Tide, 2018',
screenprints,
paper and image 101.8 x 72.1 cm each,
editions of 25,
unframed: £ 3,000 each.





 'Spring Tide, 2018',
screenprint,
paper and image 101.8 x 72.1 cm,
edition of 25,
unframed: £ 3,000






Courtesy the artist and Alan Cristea Gallery, London.
Installation views:Jack Hems, Courtesy Alan Cristea Gallery, London.


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