Artist Abigail Reynolds sheds New Light on Plymouth's post-war vision
IT'S back to the future in the name of art in a new exhibition.
New Light, by Abigail Reynolds, examines the post-war vision for a Plymouth alongside other plans for better futures.
The start is the present, how the city today is a relic of Abercrombie's bold suggestions from the 1940s about how Plymouth should be re-developed after the World War Two Blitz.
Abigail takes the title from a vibrant geometric 1953 painting by Kenneth Noland, which has been clipped from a 1965 book and "dropped" into a 1950s city scene. The effect gives a drab view a futuristic edge.
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That feel is reflected in Reynolds' other works which mix and sample, creating visual echoes.
She lives in St Just, West Penwith, and is the Rambert Dance Company resident artist.
The show runs at Plymouth College of Art from March 11 to April 5.
On March 11 at 5pm, Abigail will discuss her work with Martin Clark, artistic director of the Tate St Ives.
And on March 20 at 6pm there's a chance to see a highly influential film made as the new city plans were unveiled.
Jill Craigie's The Way We Live (1946) discusses the planning issues through the eyes of a bombed-out family.
The film enjoyed a national distribution and broke box-office records in Plymouth.
Jill married then Devonport MP Michael Foot – they met while she was making the film.
A tribute to her is across the road from the college at Plymouth University where the cinema in the Roland Levinsky Building, home to the faculty of Arts, is named after Jill.