Our new exhibition “As swiftly as they arrive …” is about those avian visitors riding the equatorial summer heat wave who land on our shores every May ish… Because the arrival of the Swifts, Swallows and al invite us to look up… And because this action of tilting our head back to look into the sky changes our perception ever so slightly… Thus, the series of work presented play with perception in some ways…

Fast by Adrian Baynes captures a Swift in flight but at a scale that is never possible to see in real life, or only swiftly as they cross the lenses of your binoculars.

This pastel drawing by Adrian Baynes reminds us that “You always know when it’s the first… but never if it’s the last! For bird watchers, the arrival of the swifts and swallows brings the most simple of joy. Equally, always dreaded around July, their departure brings tears in the eyes of grown-up men. They know before us that the summer is ending. Bird watchers have a different perception of time, their season clock is in tune to the migration of the birds.

This installation combines the sculpture Swallow by Paddy Hamilton, Fields by Adrian Baynes and a quote by William Stanley Merwin. Here’s the full poem: https://merwinconservancy.org/…/shore-birds-by-ws-merwin/

The quote “Tracing a memory they did not have, until they chose to remember it…” was referenced in the book Greenery – Journeys in Springtime by Tim Dee. This line describes the mystery about how birds that are born here, one day leave back for Africa knowing where to go. We don’t know how they know this…

This installation plays with representation, showing different point of view: a bird eye view of a landscape and a semi-abstract representation of a swallow… Art can change the way we see things…

Made by Adrian Baynes, this kinetic installation titled Glance… Glimpse is an assemblage of a special view control film and a mobile by Christian Flensted… It is for what is only noticed from the corner of our eyes… It is for slowing us down and taking the time to look… It is for changing our habit of looking only in front of us… Only from looking at the side, will the moving mobile be seen…

Specifically created for this exhibition, Migrating Birds by Chris. Dugrenier is a kinetic installation of 3 cylinders with Rorschach blot inspired birds. A gently moving kind of zoetrope with infinite possibilities…