Drawings from Walks
November 16 - January 18 2003
The Christine Burgin Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of thework of Hamish Fulton. On exhibit are drawings made during the walkswhich constitute Fulton's art. Probably best known for his photographicworks and wall drawings, this exhibition is a rare and intimate view ofFulton's daily experience as a "walking artist."
Born in London in 1946, Hamish Fulton first came to prominence in theearly 1970s with his inclusion in such influential exhibitions as"Information" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970) and documenta5, Kassel (1972). He is one of a generation of artists who questionedthe form that sculpture might take and asked what kind of activitiescould constitute art-making. In Fulton's case, he went on to make walks.
Fulton's walks are made on paths and roads, across empty landscapes, inthe British countryside and in many countries around the world. Hemakes no work in the landscape, nor does he remove objects from thelandscape for display in the gallery. In an effort to explain thenature of his work and how it differs from the sculptural tradition ofother artists who have worked with the land, such as Richard Long orRobert Smithson, Fulton has written: "What I build is an experience, nota sculpture. My wish is to leave as few traces of my passing aspossible. My walking experiences are the reverse of creating sculpturalchanges, subtraction or additions to the land." The act of walking andthe creation of works for exhibition related to this experience arenecessarily, suggests Fulton "facts for the walker and fictions foreveryone else."