Human Nature is the fourth exhibition by Richard Long at Haunch of Venison. A pioneer of the UK's Conceptual Art movement, this is Long's first show in London since a major retrospective of his work at Tate Britain in 2009. Walking is Long's modus operandi, and the inspirations for his sculptures, photography, texts, wall drawings and paper-based works come from the land. In this exhibition, the artist shows a broad selection of works, including large-scale, multi-coloured text printed directly onto the gallery wall, explaining in gnomic terms positions and directions of his journeys, sculptures of stone and slate that engulf the floor, and folk-inspired wall sculptures that represent indigenous cultures.
As a artist exploring a) the land, and b) the relationship between notion and materiality of art work, Long is consistently breaking new ground (if you'll excuse the wayward pun) in a career lasting in excess of forty years. That his works feel fresh and have a voice in a variety of contexts demonstrate the versatility and surprising nature of the earth and humanity.
Human Nature is at Haunch of Venison until 20 August.