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



Paintings and works on paper from this new series will be exhibited at the Adam Gallery, 24 Cork Street London, from 18th September to 6th October 2012. Thereafter it moves to Bath until 18 October. Images and details are on the gallery website


The territories mapped out by Luke Elwes in these works have all the appearance of a recorded space grounded in memory, while remaining elusive and fluid. Serpentine forms and dynamic gestures emerge and dissolve in the falling light and rising water, where space - a fusion of sea and desert - seems simultaneously to be stretched and erased. Oscillating between presence and absence, the paintings induce a state of contemplative reverie. ‘What I find so unusual and compelling about the work', the author and traveller Robert Macfarlane has written, 'is the hover between encryption and archetype, enigma and fabulous openness'.

There will be an exhibition catalogue available, with short texts by the art historian Brendan Prendeville (Goldsmiths, University of London) and the writer Robert Macfarlane (author of The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, Penguin 2012)