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Guy Dickinson: Lines, Overlays and Interleaves


8 February – 4 March 2023

"in order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion"  

Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, 1942


Born in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, Guy Dickinson trained as an Architect in London, winning a number of awards including the RIBA President’s Medal. The seeds of his tracing silence project, established in 2011, were sown during a 14 day immersion in the Yorkshire Moors in 1992. Experimenting with methods of construction, weaving, stitching, thatching and casting, he created a series of simple shelters that sought to unearth the deep nature of the places he inhabited.


“In the dark belly of the valley

A coming and going music
Cutting the bedrock deeper
To earth-nerve, a scalpel of music"  

Ted Hughes,  River,  1983


Now, using photography and poetry, Guy's work continues to explore place, but also the resemblance between the passage of thoughts and the passage of the body. He scours, combs and sifts, eyes shifting from foreground to background, from details to horizons, looking to tease out some essence of how we perceive the world around us, sensing and feeling it.  Horizon, depth of field and perspective have been slowly relinquished in favour of texture, tone and surface. 


If you would experience a landscape, you must go alone into it and sit down somewhere quietly and wait for it to come in its own good time.

Paul Gruchow, The Necessity of Empty Places, 1988

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