In The Open | David Power & Linda Ingham
David Power’s initial interest was rock music but the electronic instrumentals on David Bowie’s ‘Berlin’ albums led him to composers such as Boulez and Stockhausen and, for a while, he was interested in very experimental music. In the late 1990’s – following a difficult compositional period – he simplified his style and became interested in collaborative work. He has set poems by many poets ranging from Emily Bronte to Tony Walsh. He has worked with filmmakers – Sean Martin, Annabel McCourt and Sean Atkinson and artists, especially Linda Ingham, and his latest collaboration with her – Kinds of White – is on show at the Bank Street Gallery concurrent with this show. His work has appeared in galleries, churches and outdoor settings as well as in the concert hall. In 2012 his Eight Evening Songs appeared on the acclaimed CD Songs Now: British Songs of the 21st Century on the Meridian label. http://www.davidpowercomposer.co.uk
Linda Ingham’s practice observes memory and place and the passage of time, and takes the form of painted and/or drawn constructions, modified books, and objects using various methods. Observation and usage of process, recording, and participatory elements along with attentions to materials are particularly important within her practice. She exhibits internationally and has work in several public and private collections including the East Contemporary Artists Collection, Swindon Art Gallery & Museum, Rugby Museum & Art Gallery, University of Arizona Museum of Art, USA and is one of the 56 artists who form the Contemporary British Painting Network. Throughout 2017 her work tours China as part of the Contemporary British Masters show, and is currently on exhibition as part of the permanent collection in Lincoln’s Usher Gallery.Since 2015 Ingham has been working collaboratively with David Power on a participatory project entitled Far & Near as well as on Kinds of White, and is currently working on two films to accompany Power’s music.
Linda Ingham and David Power’s collaborative relationship operates around their shared interest in memory, place and the passage of time. For Kinds of White, each aspect – music, and works on paper – focuses on a combination of landscape, place and process; the song growing out of the words of the poem by Ana Eulate (translated by Alan Dunnett) composed using what would be only the white notes of the piano; the painted pieces using gouache and ink along with plant specimens pressed into the paper to create white relief forms. An interest into deepening her knowledge of the place of her repeated walks along a particular coastal path has led Ingham to research the herbal, medical and mythical properties of plants which grow along the estuary side. Yarrow, Ladies Bed Straw, Red Clover, Chamomile and an abundant variety of flora; plants perhaps now overlooked ignored or unknown, yet which are nevertheless part of our folk and natural history of the land.