TRACE is the second in a planned trilogy of exhibitions inspired by Cambridge and uses imagery drawn from another lost area of the city connected to Rawlinson’s past; the former ward of Barnwell. Whilst working on this project the artist has produced a range of work including drawings, collages, prints, mapping and a second short film. His family history is once again an influence on the work and the search to find streets, buildings, features and names which remain intact amidst all the change, form part of his ongoing investigation into ideas of place and memory.
Rawlinson’s drawings are based on an adjusted street plan of Barnwell, reflecting the period that he lived in Cambridge Other works include collages combining drawing with fragments of maps and prints of significant streets and buildings incorporating black shapes and voids. His film, also entitled Trace, combines Super8 footage and stills of Barnwell’s streets, buildings and spaces in a depiction of the interface between past and present.
The work is presented in an installation at the Leper Chapel, reputedly the oldest complete building in Cambridge. The chapel is located next to Barnwell Junction on Newmarket Road and has links to this area of Cambridge dating back to 1125. This medieval building not only provides further historical context for the area but also acts as a physical reference point for the location of Barnwell within the current city. The chapel’s ancient structure acts as a counterpoint and a container for Rawlinson’s multi-media odyssey into his own history.
Born in Cambridge, Ian Rawlinson grew up in the city during the 1960s and 1970s and studied art at Hills Road Sixth Form College and Cambridge College of Art & Technology. He left in 1982 to further his studies and since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1987 he has lived and worked in London. To date his work has been shown in many group and solo exhibitions both in the UK and internationally. He has also travelled and worked in Europe, the USA and Mexico. His practice includes aspects of painting, printmaking, writing, construction, installation and film-making. He is currently producing a series of short films and working on a third Cambridge-inspired project.
TRACE runs 18 – 21st September
Artist Talk Sunday 20 September 14.00 – 16.00
Open Saturday & Sunday 11.00 – 1800 Monday 11.00 – 17.00