Victoria Clare Bernie: Slow Water (3 stars)

Scottish landscape photography exhibition by the Edinburgh-based artist

Victoria Clare Bernie: Slow Water

A scientific orderliness contains Slow Water. Photographs, videos, digital drawings and animation made during a residency post at the Scottish Association for Marine Science Research Laboratory based near Oban are meticulously placed in contrast to the inherent dramatic qualities of water.

The images that are particularly arresting are those where Edinburgh-based Victoria Clare Bernie has made subtle interventions to the photographed landscape. Superimposed over a series of close-up fast-moving bubbling and foaming images of water, is an eight panel digital drawing reminiscent of nautical charts tracing the landscape topography. A similar motif is used elsewhere in which her drawings show up like subtle spider webs spun between land and water.

Like a closed-circuit television view finder, a large-scale projection allows one to observe the activities of industry in the Scottish landscape. But, here we are requested to invest time – the films are long and slow moving. In comparison, the image of Islas Orcadas is instant and timeless. It captures beautifully, through careful compositional consideration, the miniature shoreline of a frozen pond in the low light.

Street Level Gallery, Glasgow, until Sun 5 Jun.

Victoria Clare Bernie: Slow Water

  • 3 stars

A combination of digital video, filmmaking, drawing and photography, following the cycle of insect life and death in a Highland loch.

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