For the second year running, Snape Maltings in Suffolk has hosted SNAP: Art At The Aldeburgh Festival.
Like last year, one of the things I like most about this exhibition is its inventive use of the space at Snape Maltings. Old derelict buildings and the beautiful scenery of Snape become temporary gallery spaces through projections, sound scapes and integration with the landscape. In fact, the siting of the work is often better than the work itself, and the location brings something of an improvement. For example, I was rather taken with the work above by Emily Richardson, which married a slideshow of stills of derelict buildings on Orford Ness on the Suffolk coast—something of a common art/photography project in these parts of the world—with sounds recorded there. The effect of derelict buildings displayed in derelict buildings had a mesmerising effect as the framing of the work became part of the work, despite the fact I’ve seen many Orford Ness projects to make me scream ‘enough already’ when ever I see another.
Some of the work is striking and I particularly liked May Cornett’s Walled Garden, with a series of pallets of bricks making giant raised flower beds. I’d debate that this was more design than art, and I’d readily have several of these in my garden.
Matthew Darbyshire and Scott King’s Ways of Sitting framed existing artwork dotted around various locations at the Maltings, with ‘quotes’ by King that poke fun at artist mythology. Some of the texts were a little obtuse and appeared to lack pertinence to the work they coincided with, although a couple, such as a ‘quote’ from Nancy Spungen about wanting to raise animals in the country with Sid Vicious next to Perceval by Sarah Lucas, did make me laugh.
I also enjoyed Gavin Turk’s oversized door, there was something very Alice in Wonderland about it, and my Grandson loved running through it. (Apologies for the saturated colour in these two shots, my camera changed settings without me realising.)
Overall, an exhibition worth visiting. Other artists on display include Glenn Brown, Brian Eno, Aston Ernest, Ryan Gander, Maggi Hambling, and Mark Limbrick. The exhibition runs until 24 June.