‘WHO will survive this?’ That is the question posed by a new exhibition that opened at the Gallery on the Green in Settle last weekend.
The installation has been created by poet Sue Vickerman and photographer Mike Kilyon and relates to the year the two spent working in Shanghai.
Sue said: "Mike's 'photographer's eye' got really focused on the demolition and destruction of all that was old and historic, while as a writer my thoughts very much turned to apocalyptic calamities - how stable is this transformation at break-neck speed into a space-age city? Couldn't it all fall down as quickly as it has gone up? I was thinking of the Twin Towers."
Mike worked with Glasgow Art School to get his images digitally printed onto silk for the installation, seeking a transparent and ephemeral effect suggesting that not even buildings whether ancient or modern, are solid and reliable in this massively transforming world.
Photographer Mike achieved his long-held wish to move to Settle one year ago after many years living in Baildon. Bradford-born Sue Vickerman has lived and worked in several countries but is for the time being settled in the UK, dividing her time between Bradford and Settle.
In advance of the opening of the exhibition, Sue and Mike visited the Saltaire Festival where their Shanghai Odyssey exhibition featured videos, as well as Mike’s photographs, Sue’s poetry and paintings by Jane Fielder, who visited them whilst they were in Shanghai.
The Gallery on the Green is housed in a former BT telephone box and is believed to be the world’s smallest art gallery.
Gallery spokesman Mike Smith said: “We are delighted to have this installation in the gallery. It will be something very different for us and it is really appropriate an installation that explores the changing and transitory nature of modern buildings should be held in a gallery that has, itself, been transformed from a public phone box into a place for artists.”
The exhibition runs until Saturday, December 3.