Walking In Relation To Everything
18 July–26 September 2020
b. 1946, London (UK)Download CV
Since the late 1960s, Hamish Fulton has grounded his art in walks that he undertakes as a «walking artist». The act of walking, the experience of movement and the relationship to nature are at the centre of his artistic practice. Distinct from the positions of Land Art, which intervene physically in a landscape or create work from found materials, Fulton leaves as few traces as possible. He does not seek to change the landscapes he encounters on his walks, but emphasises experience as the starting point for his work.
Besides walks undertaken alone or with a companion, Fulton also takes part in guided summit ascents and since the 1990s has initiated so called «public walks» in urban space, which invite interested members of the public to participate. Walking becomes a constitutive element of a group, the participants move in accordance with just a few conceptual instructions by the artist during a defined period of time.
The objects exhibited by Fulton – photographs, drawings, murals or wood pieces – are abstracted references to these experiences of walking, initially as markers of absence: they testify to an experience that has already passed into memory. The work recalls a completed «art walk» in concentrated form and thereby creates spaces of association and imagination for the viewers. Language is an essential component of Fulton’s work; since the 1970s every piece includes a so-called «walk text», which outlines the walk in a few words, often with distinctive typography. Fulton also publishes his work in numerous artist books.
Hamish Fulton studied at Hammersmith College of Art from 1964-65, at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art from 1966-68 and at the Royal College of Art from 1968-69. Since his first «Art Walk» in 1967 he has undertaken walks in Asia, Australia, Europe as well as North- and South America. Reception of his work has been extensive and it has been honoured with several solo exhibitions, beginning in 1969 at the Galerie Konrad Fischer in Düsseldorf, followed by the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centre Pompidou Paris, Centre for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu and Tate Britain London, among many others. Fulton’s work is represented in numerous collections internationally, including for example at the Art Gallery of Ontarion in Toronto, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, at centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City, the National Gallery of Iceland in Reykjavik, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London or the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum.
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