Hamish Fulton, Installation View, 2016

Hamish Fulton, Installation View, 2016

Hamish Fulton, FOOTPATH A 23 DAY COAST TO COAST WALK THROUGH THE PYRENEES FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN TO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA FRANCE AND SPAIN SUMMER 2012, Silver gelatin print, acid-free cardboard with text, wood frame, unique, 36 x 28.5 in
Hamish Fulton, BOULDER A 23 DAY COAST TO COAST WALK THROUGH THE PYRENEES FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN TO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA FRANCE AND SPAIN SUMMER 2012, Silver gelatin print, acid-free cardboard with text, wood frame, unique, 30 x 35 inches framed
Hamish Fulton, WALKING EAST A 23 DAY COAST TO COAST WALK THROUGH THE PYRENEES FROM THE ATLANTIC OCEAN TO THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA FRANCE AND SPAIN SUMMER 2012, Silver gelatin print, acid-free cardboard with text, wood frame, unique, 30 x 35 inches framed
Hamish Fulton, Installation View, 2016
Hamish Fulton, MOUNT EVEREST SUMMIT BUDDHA WRAPPED IN KHATA SCARVES AND PRAYER FLAGS CHOMOLUNGMA A GUIDED AND SHERPA ASSISTED CLIMB OF MOUNT EVEREST USING BOTTLED OXYGEN REACHING THE 8850 METRE SUMMIT ON THE MORNING OF 19 MAY 2009 49TH DAY OF THE EXPEDITION VIA NEPAL AND THE SOUTHEAST RIDGE, Inkjet print, edition 28 of 50, 22 x 24 in
Hamish Fulton, CHINESE ECONOMY TIBETAN JUSTICE TIBETAN FREEDOM SILENCE A GUIDED AND SHERPA ASSISTED CLIMB OF MOUNT EVEREST USING BOTTLED OXIGEN ARRIVING AT THE 8850 METRE SUMMIT ALONG THE NEPAL TIBET BORDER ON THE MORNING OF 19 MAY 2009 49 th DAY OF EXPEDITION VIA NEPAL AND THE SOUTHEAST RIDGE, Vinyl, 102 x 105.5 in
Hamish Fulton, Installation View, 2016

Hamish Fulton, BOULDER A FIFTEEN DAY WALKING JOURNEY ON PAVEMENTS ROADS AND TRACKS FROM AND TO CABO MAYOR AT SANTANDER BY THE ATLANTIC COAST VIA RIBADESELLA JOU DE LES BOCHES PICOS DE EUROPA POTES LIEBANA SIERRA DE PENA LABRA AND FONTIBRE DURING THE SEVENTH DAY OF THE SEVENTH MONTH SPAIN 2006, Silver gelatin print, acid-free cardboard with text, wood frame, unique, 46.5 x 53 inches framed

Hamish Fulton, Installation View, 2016

Hamish Fulton, A VIEW FROM THE HIGHEST POINT IN NORTH AMERICA A GUIDED MOUNTAINEERING EXPEDITION TO THE SUMMIT OF DENALI AT 20320 FT VIA THE WEST BUTTRESS ROUTE ALASKA MAY/JUNE 2004 A VIEW FROM THE HIGHEST POINT IN SOUTH AMERICA A GUIDED WALKING EXPEDITION TO THE SUMMIT OF ACONCAGUA AT 6959 METRES VIA THE RELINCHOS VALLEY AND THE FALSE POLISH ROUTE ARGENTINA FEBRUARY 2003, Inkjet print, edition 39 of 50, 23.5 x 18.4 in
Hamish Fulton, MELTING ICE NO TRAILS A 21 DAY CROSS COUNTRY WALKING JOURNEY GUIDED AND RESUPPLIED WRANGELL SAINT ELIAS ALASKA USA LATE SUMMER 1999, Silver gelatin print, acid-free cardboard with text, wood frame, unique, 30 x 35 inches framed

Hamish Fulton, Installation View, 2016

Hamish Fulton, MOUNTAIN SKYLINE 28 PIECES OF WOOD FOR A 28 DAY GUIDED WALKING EXHIBITION IN NEPAL FROM JOMSON IN LOWER MUSTANG TO POTAGAON IN DOLPO. CONTINUING TO HILSA AT THE BORDER WITH TIBET. POST MONSOON SEASON 2011, Walk text on 28 pieces of used wood
Hamish Fulton, UNTITLED 1970-1971, Silver gelatin print, acid-free cardboard, wood frame, vintage photographs, unique, 4 photographs: 3 x 4.5 inches each, 12.25 x 16 inches framed

Hamish Fulton, Installation View, 2016

Hamish Fulton, A 21 DAY WALKING JOURNEY VIA THE TOPS OF SEVEN SMALL ENGADIN MOUNTAINS SWITZERLAND 2007, Walk text on 2 pieces of used wood, 3.25 x 12.5 inches
 
 
Hamish Fulton, MOUNTAIN SKYLINE A 21 DAY WALKING JOURNEY VIA THE TOPS OF SEVEN SMALL ENGADIN MOUNTAINS SWITZERLAND SUMMER 2007, Watercolor and graphite on paper, unique piece, 12.5 x 15.75 inches framed

Hamish Fulton, Installation View, 2016

Hamish Fulton, A SEVEN DAY WALK IN THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA U.S.A. ENDING ON THE NIGHT OF THE OCTOBER FULL MOON 1981, Walk text on used wooden ruler, 5.5 x 13.75 inches
Hamish Fulton, NAKOTA SEVEN DAYS WALKING SEVEN NIGHTS CAMPING ROCKY MOUNTAINS ALBERTA CANADA AUTUMN 1978, Walk text on used wooden ruler, 7 x 4.5 in
Hamish Fulton, TSAMPA KAILASH KORA WALKING ONE CIRCUIT OF THE PILGRIMAGE ROUTE ROUND MOUNT KAILASH TIBET 5+6 OCTOBER 2007 COLD WIND AND SLEET OVER THE 5668 METRE DROLMA PASS FOLLOWING IN THE ENERGY OF A BUDDHIST NUN, Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper, 11.25 x 8 inches, 15.75 x 12.5 inches framed
Hamish Fulton, THE SECOND FULL MOON OF MAY MOUNT FUJI A 19 DAY COAST TO COAST ROAD WALKING JOURNEY TOYAMA BAY ONTAKE SUMMIT FUJI SUMMIT SURUGA BAY HONSHU JAPAN 1988, Watercolor, ink and graphite on paper, 7.75 x 7.75 inches, 12.25 x 12.25 inches framed
Hamish Fulton, WALKING FROM SEA LEVEL UP TO THE 3340 M. CRATER RIM OF MOUNT ETNA AND BACK DOWN TO THE WATERS EDGE SICILY ITALY OCTOVER 2014 WALKING FROM SEA LEVEL UP TO THE 3340 M. CRATER RIM OF MOUNT ETNA AND BACK DOWN TO THE WATERS EDGE SICILY ITALY OCTOVER 2015 A GUIDED WALK TO THE 5916 METRE TOP OF VOLCAN UCANBUR BOLIVIA 17 NOVEMBER 2012 A COAST TO COAST WALK ACROSS HONSHU VIA THE TOPS OF ONTAKE AND FUJI SAN JAPAN 1988, Walk texts on 8 pieces of used wood, 14 x 12 inches overall
Hamish Fulton, TWO DAYS OF SUNSHINE. A GUIDED WALK TO THE 4810 METRE SUMMIT OF MONT BLANC. FRANCE ITALY JULY 2009, Walk text on used wood, 6 x 18 in

Hamish Fulton

WALKING ARTIST

September 8 - October 12, 2016

Opening: Thursday, September 8, 6–8pm

 

Communal Walk: Friday, September 9, 11:30am
Meeting Place: Josée Bienvenu Gallery

 

Josée Bienvenu is pleased to present WALKING ARTIST, Hamish Fulton’s first exhibition with the gallery and his first solo show in New York in over a decade. While his drawings, sculpture diagrams, murals, and photographs have led to him be considered a practitioner of Land Art, Fulton considers himself instead as a “walking artist.” Through representations of walking itself, nature is neither conceived as a subliminal “other” existing to be conquered nor as an anthropocentric landscape, nature exists rather to be lived, endured, and left to thrive. In our own lives, Fulton’s journeying through wilderness points to a palpable lack of adventure, unmediated experiences, and connectedness to nature.

 

In 1973, after walking over 1,000 miles in 47 days from Duncansby Head, Scotland to Land’s End, England, Fulton made the decision to “only make art resulting from the experience of individual walks.” Purposefully made of humble materials like paper, wooden rulers, and photographs, his recreations align with the belief that these walks should directly engage with the environment yet leave no traces upon it. Calls for political justice also recur in Fulton’s work, corresponding to his commitment to individual and artistic freedom.

 

In this exhibition, Fulton presents a body of work that exemplifies his ongoing commitment to art as a quiet protest against the alienation of people from the natural world. Included are two large scale vinyl works: the first refers to a guided and sherpa assisted climb of Mount Everest using bottled oxygen in 2009, the latter describes a pilgrim circuit of the Barkhor Kora and the Jokhang Temple in Tibet. These bold textual works attest to Fulton’s passion for typography in tandem with his ongoing commitment as a walking artist. Several watercolors are included, evoking walking journeys from Switzerland to Bolivia. Unique black and white gelatin silver prints portray journeys through the Pyrenees from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea. In the project space, there will be a selection of vintage photographs and small sculptures. For the past 20 years Fulton has devised many group walks, with more than 30 realized transnationally.

 

Born in 1946 in London, Hamish Fulton lives and works near Canterbury, UK. Fulton studied at the St. Martin’s School of Art, London and the Royal College of Art, London. Select solo exhibitions include Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2011); Museo Transfrontaliero del Monte Bianco, Courmayeur, IT (2010); Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo, Badajoz, ES (2009); Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyshu, JP, and Museum of Modern Art, NY (2006); Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Bolzano, IT,  and Museion Bolzano, Bozen, IT (2005); Haus Konstruktiv, Zuric, CH (2004); and Tate Britain, London (2002). Select group exhibitions include Ends of the Earth, MOCA, Los Angeles, CA which traveled to the Haus der Kunst, Munich, DE (2012) and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011).

 

Selected public collections include: Tate Gallery, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Princeton Art Gallery, NJ; Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA; Los Angeles County Museum, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; Eastman House, Rochester, NY; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo, JP; National Museum, Osaka, JP; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Biblioteque National, Paris; IVAM, Valencia, ES; Australian National Gallery, Canberra; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, CA; National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK; British Council, London; Kunstmuseum, Basel, CH; Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City, MX; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, CH; Musee de Grenoble, FR; Musee St. Pierre, Lyon, FR; FRAC, Rennes, FR; National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík; Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, JP; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, AT; University of Lethbridge, CA.

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White Hot Magazine | October 2016