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Hamish Fulton
Drawings from Walks
November 16 - January 18 2003

The Christine Burgin Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of the work of Hamish Fulton. On exhibit are drawings made during the walks which constitute Fulton's art. Probably best known for his photographic works and wall drawings, this exhibition is a rare and intimate view of Fulton's daily experience as a "walking artist."

Born in London in 1946, Hamish Fulton first came to prominence in the early 1970s with his inclusion in such influential exhibitions as "Information" at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1970) and documenta 5, Kassel (1972). He is one of a generation of artists who questioned the form that sculpture might take and asked what kind of activities could 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, in the British countryside and in many countries around the world. He makes no work in the landscape, nor does he remove objects from the landscape for display in the gallery. In an effort to explain the nature of his work and how it differs from the sculptural tradition of other artists who have worked with the land, such as Richard Long or Robert Smithson, Fulton has written: "What I build is an experience, not a sculpture. My wish is to leave as few traces of my passing as possible. My walking experiences are the reverse of creating sculptural changes, subtraction or additions to the land." The act of walking and the creation of works for exhibition related to this experience are necessarily, suggests Fulton "facts for the walker and fictions for everyone else."