Newlyn Art Gallery

24th April - 16th May 2009

In this exhibition, both literal and metaphorical ‘wastelands’ were represented by a range of contemporary art.

Desolate landscapes, dysfunctional societies and broken minds were portrayed in a variety of media including painting, installation and performance, which in different ways seem to evoke the geographical and psychological themes of T.S. Eliot’s poem The Waste Land of 1922. The show included work by Jane Bailey, Sarah Bunker, Paul Chaney, Joe Doldon, Andy Harper, Ally Mellor, Kate Parsons, Alison Sharkey, Lucy Willow, Alexandra Zierle and Paul Carter.

The exhibition was co-curated by Rebecca Darch, Jeni Fraser, Ruth Gooding and Phil Rushworth, who were students on MA Curatorial Practice at University College Falmouth, graduating in September 2009

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Joe Doldon

My work aims to comment on, and provoke questions about our place within the planet. Since man’s beginning, we have left traces of activity, adapting things to our needs along the way. Over a period of time, we have become increasingly distanced and sheltered from the life of the world we inhabit, creating a formidable discord. With population continuously rising, our demands on its resources are more apparent than ever.
Our attempts to control and intervene with certain aspects of nature can
often lead to catastrophic repercussions. My concern lies with these environmental disasters, and how they serve to erase marks of our existence. Using a juxtaposition of natural and man-made materials, and organic and constructed forms, I attempt to create beautiful objects in celebration of life whilst simultaneously questioning our actions towards this remarkable planet which we find ourselves upon.
- Joe Doldon

For wastelands Joe Doldon will be creating a new piece - Redressing the Balance


Joe Doldon’s miniature urban landscapes appear desecrated by an unknown disaster. Smooth, natural curves of sand bury the rigid architectural shapes that form the infrastructure of the piece – hiding the last evidence of humanity. The small scale of the cityscape is dwarfed by the audience, emphasising man’s vulnerability when faced with cataclysmic natural disasters.
Like archaeological remains we are left to construct our own stories based on what evidence we see. Is this wasteland the remains of a community purged by a vengeful God, or evidence of nature fighting back against civilization’s attempt to control it?
- Phil Rushworth

Shiva's Rainbow

Recent Exhibitions
2008 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, A Foundation, Liverpool
2008 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Rochelle School, Club Row,
2008 Fleet, Trinity Buoy Wharf, London,
2008 Hitchens, Robert Hitchens Road, Falmouth
2007 Responding to Climate Change, Tremough Campus Library,

Joe Doldon's website

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