Cross Country

cross country explores the subtle graphic and spatial interplay between the work of three artists who each recover, through the cryptic tracery of lines and marks, crossings and erasures, the tactile experience and remembered contours of their chosen territory.

The large wall piece, a ‘spatial re-enactment’ in white chalk created for this project by Andrew Vass, concentrates on ‘the performative nature of drawing, the trace in relation to spaces, as a direct response or an internalized choreography’.

Alongside, Kate Palmer shows three of her recent portrait format drawings which relate to her snowboarding experiences, while Luke Elwes extends through his new work on paper an enquiry into the mind as landscape and how mark making becomes a means of crossing it.


New work by Andrew Vass, Luke Elwes & Kate Palmer

Broadbent Gallery, London

29 November – 15 December 2012


Kate Palmer

Kate Palmer makes an unusual but vivid connection between her approach to painting and the act of snowboarding: ' snowboarding feels like slow rolling mercury, tight and contained but quick and reactive. Sometimes the rhythm of my carved arcs is interrupted by rocks, trees or people, needing a sudden response, a recalculation'.

So with her new ‘Ride Switch’ paintings, which are the result of what she describes as ‘a counter-intuitive discipline, requiring embodied and cognitive skills, and a desire in the rider (and painter) to leave their comfort zone’. The results appear fresh and impulsive but also rigorously controlled, her combination of delicate tracery & swift brushwork carefully calibrated within the picture plane.

The dimensions of her most dramatic new painting (2 x 2.4 meters) were partly inspired by seeing Cy Twombly’s Bolsena Paintings at the Tate in 2008 (left) and employ a similarly dynamic diagonal drift across the surface, as well as a spare and suggestive calligraphy which in her case refers to musical notation. It sets up a kind of minimalist score beneath the staccato stops & turns being energetically played out on top, and the result is visually exhilarating.

Kate Palmer: Riding Switch, Broadbent Gallery London, until 21st April 2012