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Towner Opens New Exhibition; John Skoog: Redoubt
On 25 January, award winning Towner opens new exhibition ‘Redoubt’, which is a newly commissioned film by Swedish photographer and film maker, John Skoog, for his first solo exhibition in a UK public gallery.
Skoog’s work follows in the tradition of Scandinavian film through the use of stark landscapes and slow–pacing, leaving much to the imagination of the viewer. It alludes to a narrative by creating a highly atmospheric but emotionally bare approach to storytelling. Redoubt is set in the flat farmlands of the southern Swedish provinces and centred upon a concrete monument that was once a traditional Swedish farm.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said “Towner has had many exciting exhibitions in recent years and we are thrilled to host John Skoog for his first solo exhibition here in Eastbourne. The contemporary exhibition shows a new way of storytelling and I highly recommend attending!”

The home of Karl Göran Persson, the farmer made it his life’s work, until his death in 1975, to fortify the dwelling for fear of Soviet invasion. He used junk from scrap yards cast in cement to reinforce the building. As the years have worn away the concrete, the outlines of the objects he used reappear in the cement, creating a peculiar monument which rises up in the idle of a rye field.

Although it was imagined as a landscape, the film constructs a portrait of a man and proposes that there are many different ways to live ones life.

The free exhibition opens on 25 January and runs until 6 April 2014.

For further insight into the exhibition, visitors can go to the artists talk on Saturday 22 February at 3pm. John Skoog will present the history and development of his work including his newly commissioned film for Towner. The talk is £6 for adults, £5 for concessions and £4 for members.

In addition, visitors can go to the curators talk on Thursday 20 March at 12.30pm for free. Sanna Moore will discuss the development of the exhibition and commission in relation to John Skoog’s artistic practice.

For more information go to www.townereastbourne.org
28 January, 2014

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