2 March - 30 March 2016
Commune.1 is proud to present UK artist, Roger Palmer’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. Palmer’s landscape photographs mark geographical moments throughout his numerous journeys between southern Africa and northern Europe. Although ‘Spoor’ brings together images from places that seem to have little in common, it also proposes parallels between these regions, the southern- and northern-most cultural limits of a common time zone. Palmer’s large lattice-like vinyl installation- a gently curving line from ceiling to floor- is central to the exhibition. This line represents the Struve Geodetic Arc, a chain of triangulation networks constructed in the early 19th century by an Estonian astronomer. The Struve Arc was the first attempt to map an accurate segment of a meridian. Stretching 2,820 km from northern Norway to southern Moldova, it crosses ten countries. If the arc had continued south, it would link arctic Europe with South Africa. The vinyl works as a bridge between the seemingly disparate groups of photographs.
The installation of these photographs mimics Palmer’s longitudinal travels: on the ground floor gallery there are a series of digital colour images made on road journeys following rail routes in the Cape. These pictures frame unremarkable spaces, buildings and occasional human presences near where roads and paths intersect with abandoned or active railways. A group of silver gelatine photographs can be found on the upper gallery balcony, Palmer made these on a road journey through the arctic regions of Finland, Sweden and Norway, as far as its border with Russia. Black and white images of landscapes, infrastructures and roadsides reflect on a climatic and cultural zone that is markedly different to South Africa.
Roger Palmer is based in Glasgow, Scotland. This is his second solo exhibition at Commune.1: his first, ‘Sediment’, took place in April 2014. Palmer’s solo exhibition ‘Plume’ was exhibited at both Michaelis Gallery in Cape Town and The Premises, Johannesburg (2006/7). A concurrent project, ‘Winter Garden’, is at The Tetley, Leeds, UK, January-March 2016, Palmer’s solo publications include Jetty (Fotohof edition, Salzburg, 2014), Phosphorescence (WAX366, Glasgow/Fotohof edition, Salzburg 2014), Macao Macau (Black Dog, London, 2014), Circulation (Fotohof edition, Salzburg, 2012), Shanty (Aspex Visual Arts Trust, Portsmouth, 2008), Overseas (Fotohof edition, Salzburg, 2004), International Waters (John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, 2001), Remarks on Colour (Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, 1995) and Precious Metals (Serpentine Gallery, London/Cambridge Darkroom, 1986),