In photos: “Spoor”, the highly anticipated second solo exhibition of UK artist, Roger Palmer now on at Commune 1, Cape Town.
The highly anticipated second solo exhibition of UK artist, Roger Palmer opened at Commune 1 earlier this month. The series titled, ‘Spoor’, explores geographical moments throughout his numerous journeys between southern Africa and northern Europe.
The work exhibits parallels between these regions, the southern- and northern-most cultural limits of a common time zone.
Central to the exhibition is Palmer’s large lattice-like vinyl installation – a gently curving line from ceiling to floor. Or Palmer, this line represents the Struve Geodetic Arc, a chain of triangulation networks constructed in the early 19th century. It was the first attempt to map an accurate segment of a meridian.
It’s important to note that the placement of his works within the gallery mimics his longitudinal travels: on the ground floor of the gallery there are a series of digital colour images made on road journeys following rail routes in the Cape. While a group of black and white silver gelatine photographs, hand printed by Palmer, can be found on the balcony of the gallery, made while on a road journey through the arctic regions of Finland, Sweden and Norway.
‘Spoor’ is up on exhibition from the 2nd March – 30th March at Commune 1, 64 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre.
All the works were printed (with the exception of the B&W hand prints) and framed by Orms Print Room and Framing.