Temporary Spaces Archive

Bodelwyddan Castle: The Phantoms of Surrealism

29 September – 6 January 2012

Bodelwyddan Castle, a partner of the National Portrait Gallery, is
pleased to present The Phantoms of Surrealism, a solo exhibition of
new work by Neil Coombs. Please join us on Saturday 29th September,
from 3-5 p.m. for the exhibition opening and to meet the artist.

The exhibition is the result of a year-long project carried out with
the support of the Arts Council Wales. Coombs has travelled across the
UK seeking out locations that have a historical connection with
British Surrealism. At each location, he has taken a series of
photographs of landscapes and details that he has encountered. These
photographs have been arranged within a rigid repetitive matrix to
form a series of faces, one from each location.

Neil Coombs is an artist and writer based in Wales who has exhibited
photographic, installation and multimedia work in galleries and
festivals both nationally and internationally. His work was recently
included in group shows in Turkey, Germany and USA. Coombs is also
founder and editor of the surrealist journal Patricide.

The exhibition at Bodelwyddan fills three of the Castle’s galleries
and also includes collage and photographic work alongside some
examples of recent collaborative projects that Coombs has been
involved with or curated.