Emerging Peterborough: separates the man from the horse

Opening Reception
Friday November 14, 2014 - 7pm to 9pm

  • Esther Simmonds-MacAdam, Man Down (detail)
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Curated by Fynn Leitch

The Art Gallery of Peterborough is pleased to present an installation separates the man from the horse created by Esther Simmonds-MacAdam for the Emerging Peterborough exhibition series.

separates the man from the horse is an exploration of public equestrian imagery combined with a
fascination for the aesthetics of power in contemporary culture. Visitors are immersed in a large-scale drawing of a fallen white horse, first projected down the entrance ramp of the gallery, and then applied in charcoal directly on the ramp’s 10‘x13’ back wall. Viewed in their figurative entirety only from a distance, both parts of this work ultimately engulf visitors in abstract monochromatic forms. The installation is animated by movement through the space and the multiple readings the figure of the horse engenders.

Looking to the future as we come to the end of our 40th anniversary year, this exhibition series showcases the work of regional emerging artists. Esther Simmonds-MacAdam has challenged herself to respond to the site, with its angles, narrow pathways, and long vantages.