Ben Rivers ‘A World Rattled of Habit‘
4 September – 17 October 2009
An exhibition of Ben River’s exquisite film works shown with River’s sculptural works and a new series of etchings.
His work often explores mankind’s relationship with the wilderness, and with ways of hermetic world-making. Primarily shot on black and white 16mm film, his works are difficult to place in a specific time, depicting lives lived at the edges of society, or imagined landscapes populated with the soundtracks of old films and cinematic trickery.
The exhibition at A Foundation will present many of Rivers’ existing works including the acclaimed Ah, Liberty!, winner of the Tiger Award at Rotterdam Film Festival, and This is My Land, a portrait of Jake Williams, who lives alone in the forests of Aberdeenshire separate from society and with a unique perspective on time – he creates hedges by putting up bird feeders, allowing the birds’ droppings to germinate and grow.
Rivers’ films and models will be shown throughout the space using the Furnace’s architecture and creating unique spaces for screening. The exhibition will also include a new suite of etchings produced especially for this exhibition.
Ben Rivers was included in ICA’s Nought To Sixty programme and has forthcoming screenings and exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery and Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh.
Ben Rivers ‘The Coming Race’ 2006