New Exhibition at Ryedale Folk Museum
A Hidden Landscape, by Paul Musgrove (7th June – 20th July 2014)
The Ryedale Folk Museum, situated just outside Kirkbymoorside, on the edge of the North York Moors is a little gem of a museum which combines archaeological, architectural and craft collections with one of the most comprehensive collections of treen and other post-medieval domestic artifacts to be found in any rural museum in Britain. It also has a small but stunning single room art gallery, established in 2011 for a small temporary exhibition of works by Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Terry Frost.
The gallery provides a splendid setting for the latest exhibition by printmaker and glassworker Paul Musgrove. More than 30 works are in the exhibition which combines a number of unique glass ‘standing stones’ and a variety of Japanese wood-block prints and etchings many of which have been inspired by the results of air-photographic and geophysical surveys and excavations undertaken over more than 3 decades by the Landscape Research Centre in and around the Vale of Pickering. During the first few years of the rescue excavations begun at Cook’s Quarry, West Heslerton in 1978 Paul was an active member of the excavation team and site photographer.
The gallery is little publicised, but must be one of the best exhibition spaces to be found in the region. In addition to examples of work derived from the major archaeological surveys a lot of new work influenced by the buried archaeological landscape of the Vale is joined by others influenced by visits to Orkney and other part of Scotland, where Paul is based.
Having visited a number of Paul Musgrove’s exhibitions over the last few years this is exceptional both in terms of the work presented and the gallery space. The work on display is exciting and affordable whether you are interested in his Archaeoprint series or by the fabulous glass table-top sculptures. A very fine example of the influence of archaeology on contemporary art.