19 September – 30 October 2019
Lisson Gallery is pleased to present the first exhibition of Richard Long in its Shanghai space, where a number of works in stone, photography and text will be displayed. Also on show will be evidence of the artist’s previous trips to Mainland China in the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces, including documentation of his River Yangtze Stone Line, China (2010) produced at the same time as the ephemeral performance, A Thousand Stones Thrown into the River Yangtze.
Rivers hold a special place within Long’s iconography as an artist, from the walk she has made along sections of the Rio Grande in Mexico or the Murrumbidgee River in Australia, to the River Avon, his local waterway. The mud he gathers there or else from rivers such as the Hudson in New York, Long then uses to create drips and gestures on walls, panels or paper. A major floor-based installation entitled Gravity Rocks (2016) incorporating 103 river rocks from Spain, will be on show for the first time since being included in Long’s survey show at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga in 2016.
Long mediates all his experiences of place through his footsteps or by using materials gathered at each location to create temporary works of passage. These walks or interventions are then recorded through photographs, prints, drawings, maps and text works, where measurements of time and distance, as well as place names and phenomena he has encountered become vocabulary for original ideas and powerful, condensed narratives.