SHACKLETON NEWS ARCHIVE
HARRY ADAMS: A SHORT HISTORY OF OUR PROGRESS PART II: COLLECTED PAINTINGS, 2011-2012
Key moments in the Endurance expedition are celebrated in a new series of paintings currently on show at the L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, 31 Eyre Street Hill, off Clerkenwell Rd., London EC1R 5EW, until Saturday 3 April.
Central to the exhibition by the artist Harry Adams is a series of paintings based on the photographic records of early polar exploration, in particular those of Sir Ernest Shackleton.
The exhibition, Harry Adams: A Short History of Our Progress Part II: Collected Paintings, 2011-2012 (featuring items from the Shackleton Antarctic Series) includes a series of individual portraits, based on original photographs, of the litter of puppies, Nelson, Toby, Roger and Nellie, born during Shackleton's Endurance expedition, and who were a popular feature while the men were stranded for months in the ice.
Unfortunately, like all the dogs, the puppies did not survive, but were shot and (presumably) consumed. The sad task was allocated to Shackleton's trusty second-in-command, Frank Wild. Frank is reported to have said, "I have known many men I would rather have shot than these dogs."
'Harry Adams' is not a single artist, but in fact a joint venture between two artists: Steve Lowe and Adam Wood. The pair have worked together and collaborated over the years since they met at art college, and take pleasure in the common spirit, camaraderie and mutual inspiration this engenders. Rather than exploring the narrative of the Shackleton exhibition, the works are raw, elemental and a response to the story rather than strictly descriptive.
L-13 is the shortened title for the intriguingly named Light Industrial Workshop and private Ladies and Gentleman's Club for Art, Leisure and the Disruptive Betterment of Culture. Opening Hours during Exhibitions are Tuesdays to Thursdays, 12.00-7.00 p.m. and Sundays, 12.00-6.00 p.m. The Tel. No. is 0207 713 8255. Eyre Hill Street runs north from the Clerkenwell Road, just to the east of junction with Rosebery Avenue.
The venue is a working studio as well as a gallery, and provides a comfortable environment in which to experience the art produced by the studio's artists as well as a reading area and archive.