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Solo Exhibition at General Practice Studios

Opening: Friday 21st June 2024 




Landing is a new solo exhibition by Lincoln-based artist Oliver Ventress. 

The exhibition theorises a top-down view of what extraterrestrial visitors might encounter as they descend onto the Earth. We don’t know what will exist when they do arrive – there might not be any people left, our present day architectural structures could be long gone. Within this work, it is imagined that monuments and structures that existed pre 1BC will remain as part of the Earth’s landscape.

The sculptural landscape which forms the central point of the installation references the Arbor Low monument in Derbyshire. The site is estimated to be 4000 years old and there are multiple theories as to why it was created. It appears to have been built to be viewed from above, and not necessarily from the ground, implying that it was perhaps not made for humans at all. With so many unknowns as to the sensory abilities of extraterrestrial visitors, it is perhaps our physical landscape that will become our language.

The installation consists of a landscape sculpture, a live feed of the extraterrestrial vision and a CRT monitor which dates to 1996, a critical period in the emergence of web browsing and global connectivity as we know it.

The exhibition also encompasses a preview of a new film produced by the artist in 2024, titled Landing: The Extraterrestrial Experience of Earth

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