Curator: Pep Benlloch
Artist: Hamish Fulton
29 October 2021 - January 2022. Ground floor and basement
In the nineteen-sixties, Hamish Fulton (London, 1946) became known as one of a group of British artists exploring new ways of understanding sculpture in the context of the dematerialisation of the artistic object. In particular, Fulton's practice was characterised by his desire to forge an intense relationship with nature through the act of walking, which became the focus of his work.
After leaving art school in 1968, he travelled to the United States, where he began to develop the ideas that would eventually determine his artistic practice: the physical union with nature through walks and, consequently, the understanding of art as a practice that emerges from subjective experience.
Since then, Fulton has gone on multiple walks of varying lengths across the five continents. On the Iberian Peninsula he has so far been on a total of 17 walks, often alone and sometimes accompanied by one or more people, between 1978 and 2017. Walking along paths and roads through the landscape, is a form of expression for him. He doesn’t work in the landscape, nor does he take objects from it; on the contrary, his interest is precisely to leave as little a mark as possible.
His exhibition at the CGAC, which is articulated around these walks through different countries or geographical areas, brings together a selection of photographs, drawings and sculptures produced during (or based on) the walks, which constitute the real ‘material’ of his work. We propose four sections through his work, one focusing on projects carried out in different countries, another on projects carried out in Spain and a third in which most of his work will be shown, which has given rise to numerous editions. Finally, a fourth section will present the result of the specific project carried out in collaboration with the Museum of the University of Navarra, in which Hamish Fulton will walk the French Way of St. James in the opposite direction from Finisterre to Hendaye, passing through Pamplona and Roncesvalles.
The documentation of these itineraries is completed by a series of wall texts, some of which were conceived specifically for this exhibition, and which, like a conceptual map, will show the course and duration of the walks in giant format.
Hamish Fulton does not document or describe, he simply allows the viewer, through the combination of images and words, to ‘touch’ the experience of the walk in some way.