Ruskin’s Good Looking! Exhibition at Brantwood, Coniston

6 February 7 April 2019

Exhibition: Ruskin’s Good Looking! Absence and presence in John Ruskin’s clothing. Drawings by Sarah Casey  Blue Gallery, Brantwood

Visiting artist, Sarah Casey applies Ruskin’s ideas about drawing, looking and appearance to explore the details of his own clothes, items of which survive at Brantwood and Keswick Museum. Ruskin thought of architectural and natural ornament as forms of dress which simultaneously cloak and reveal. References to textiles and clothing occur throughout his work and he famously inspired the local linen industry with the production of Ruskin Lace.

Ruskin thought of architectural and natural ornament as forms of dress which simultaneously cloak and reveal. References to textiles and clothing occur throughout his work and he famously inspired the local linen industry with the production of Ruskin Lace. Sarah Casey applies Ruskin’s ideas about drawing, looking and appearance to explore the details of his own clothes, many items of which survive at Brantwood. Sarah has been artist in residence at Brantwood throughout 2018 studying Ruskin’s garments. This exhibition, which includes Ruskin’s christening gown, will open in time to mark the 200th Anniversary of Ruskin’s birth on 8th February 1819, and his christening 13 days later.

 

Sarah Casey’s drawings test the limits of visibility and material existence, operating somewhere between image and object. She sees drawing as a form of touching and has worked with a number of historic dress collections to explore the uncanny sense of human presence in garments. At Brantwood, her large, ghostly drawings made of wax document Ruskin’s clothing and reflect on the intimacy of folding and touching clothing within the domestic environment of Brantwood. Sarah Casey is Senior Lecturer in Drawing and Installation at Lancaster University.

 

An illustrated catalogue with essays by international scholars of Ruskin and dress accompanies this exhibition.

 

https://www.sarahcasey.co.uk/ruskin-s-good-looking

‘Ruskin’s Good Looking!’ will be on display in the Blue Gallery at Brantwood, open every day Wed-Sun 10.30am – 4.00pm and daily from 18 March 2019 10.30am-5.00pm.  Admission is included in the house ticket. For further information please contact Brantwood, Coniston, LA21 8AD, Cumbria.  T: 015394 41396. www.brantwood.org.uk

 

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