Fall, River, Snow 10 minutes 40 seconds. Super8 transferred to DVD © Liz Rideal

Shown at Compton Verney, 29 October – 10 December 2006

Compton Verney premiered Liz Rideal’s film, shot at Niagara, Burleigh Falls and Big Cedar in Canada. Projected onto the Capability Brown landscape at Compton Verney it focused attention on the mesmeric power of scenery and provoked a visual debate between real and filmed nature. Shot on Super 8, this silent film is a conscious meditation on the beauty of the natural world. It tracks the movement of water, snow packed firm on land, a frozen lake, wheeling gulls, camouflaged deer, rainbows, and the snow laden branches of trees. The result is an enigmatic portrayal of a particularly distinctive terrain, which was projected onto the dramatic backdrop of a lake and trees at Compton Verney, illuminating the immediate landscape as it descended into dusk. Fall, River, Snow enabled the gallery to extend its programme beyond the confines of the building. The landscape at Compton Verney acted as a film screen for the projections, but rather than merely providing the physical backdrop for the project, it offered another context for the unfolding drama in Rideal’s films. Rideal’s work revolves around issues of repetition, scale, motion and colour.

Rideal’s photographic contextual work was shown concurrently in the galleries at Compton Verney.

Compton Verney
Fall, River, Snow - projected on Vimeo