Reprieve Lamda print. I found a deflated congratulatory balloon caught in a tree in Macclesfield Forest. It was around the time of David Camerons U turn, due to public pressure, on the privatisation of publicly owned woodland. I reinflated the balloon, returned it and photographed it to celebrate the woodlands repreive. edition of 25, 2011, Exhibited in And Scent of Pine and the Woodthrush Singing, solo show at Castlefield Gallery
Hybrid Found tree with turned base A found silver birch tree suspended fromt he ceiling of the gallery. The bottom section of the tree has been tunred by professional woodturner SarahbThirwell And Scent of Pine and the Woodthrush Singing, Solo Show at Castlefield Gallery 2011
Idyll Found objects with water pump and live foliage, 2011, And Scent of Pine and The WoodThrush Singing, Solo Show Castlefield Gallery
Idyll Found objects, live foliage and water pump, 2011
Souvenir found knott of wood installed into the wall as a peep hole to view a slide projection of over 60 vintage found slides of woodland and landscape, some examples of which follow on from this image, 2011, Solo Show Castlefield Gallery
example of image seen throught he peep hole of Souvenir
Dead Wood Lamda Print of deforestation and taidemied fox, ed of 25, Castlefield Gallery 2011
The Late Great Planet Earth Collaged found postcards 2011 And Scent of Pine and The Woodthrush Singing at Castlefield Gallery
Teen Spirit Log, Human Hair and mirror 2011
Teen Spirit detail
And Scent of Pine and The Woodthrush Singing, was a solo show by Hilary Jack at Castlefield Gallery Manchester 2012, and explored issues surrounding the privatisation and use of publicly owned forest and woodland. This ongoing series of work was triggered by public protests against the governments proposed sale of woodland in 2011 and the chance finding of a deflated “congratulatory” helium balloon caught in the branches of a tree in Macclesfield Forest.
When David Cameron finally bowed to public pressure and committed a U Turn on the proposed sale of woodland Hilary had the found balloon reinflated and replaced it in the tree to congratulate the forest on its reprieve. Other works in this exhibition include Hybrid, a twenty foot tall silver birch tree suspended from the ceiling of the gallery. The base of the tree has been turned by a professional woodturner to resemble a table leg. Souvenir is a found knot of wood used as a peephole to view vintage slides from a variety of sources of wooded landscapes, wooden objects, deforestation and of moments captured in woodland on holiday.
A second incarnation of this exhibition …Singing Through The Fog will be installed at Carter Presents London