Uncommon Ground is the new show at Flowers Gallery, Kingsland Road. It is a difficult thing the exhibition attempts to do - that is to explore a series of environmental concerns through the work of contemporary photography. Its success is surprisingly satisfying. The gallery has always had a reputation for thorough, well-intentioned and aesthetically pleasing displays; this exhibition demonstrates this further.
A wide range of artists are included in this show, including work by photographers and land art practitioners. Edward Burtynsky, Andrea Galvani, Andy Goldsworthy, Scarlett Hooft Graaafland Nadav Kander, David Spero - and more. Inspired by the work of Keith Arnatt and Gabriel Orozco, this exhibition explores how the environment intervenes in contemporary photography. Sometimes, to understand something, it's worth trying to understand its opposite. Instead of simply photographing nature, this exhibition documents how external elements intrude into environmental landscapes. These are largely artist interferences.
One of the most rewarding aspects of visiting any of the three Flowers Gallery sites (either in East London, or West, or in Manhattan) is how clearly care has been taken to make a show that actually looks good; that is pleasing to the eye. This is a sensual show, and it lives up to its objectives in giving the ol' cerebral cortex a thrill as well. A very worthwhile way to spend some time in Shoreditch.
Uncommon Ground is at Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road, until 01 September.