Water. Reflections of strength and beauty, transparent layering of leaves and stone, transposed by light immersing itself in the thousand crystals of marble and lying in wait in the luminous pond below. A feeling of quiet meditation in the whole exhibition. Jacob Cartwright has drawn inspiration for this series of photographs from his excursions walking through the marble mountains and disused quarries of Carrara and Pietrasanta.
The opening night at La Rondine, on 24th August, was hot and full to the brim with art lovers and friends, sipping on prosecco. It was an exhibition that constantly drew attention to itself, with guests engaging in the work, delighting in the painterly abstraction of stone and water despite it being the ‘first night’ when people are usually more happy to engage with one another.
Jacob’s photographs are large format and their subject benefits from the sense of space they create. In ‘Quarry Reflection 2’, the work feels ‘inky’, like an abstract etching, luscious thick black lines criss crossing each other over soft dark grey and deep forest green, white dashes, alleviating the heaviness. ‘Quarry Pond’ is a truly beautiful work of just the reflection without its life mirror. This piece is full of light and the colour is delicious in its painterly turquoise greens and blues. All the works in the series feel special, but I especially enjoy the more undefined and elemental works that keep you uncertain of whether they are a photograph, a drawing, a painting or an etching – it is only the art that matters.