In Towards Heilprin Land, volcanic stories gathered from the Smithsonian Institution in the USA collide with polar encounters from a fragile landmass in the far north. The nature of love is explained by a geoscientist; volcanologists talk about their long-term relationships with volcanoes from around the world and an eco-expedition aboard a ship to north-east Greenland is charted through a new series of drawings, photographs, watercolours, etchings, videos and text.
Ilana Halperin has a curiosity about the physical world. She has an interest in fathoming out the nature of geological change and the movement of time in relationship to her own life, encounters and travels. Since Nomandic Landmass, her last solo exhibition at doggerfisher in 2005, Halperin has continued her exploration of the geology and time. Last September, propelled by the discovery made while in the library of Geological Society, London that a stretch of land in remotest Greenland was named Heilprin Land, after the late 19th century American geologist and naturalist Angelo Heilprin, Halperin travelled north. The work in this exhibition records that journey. A series of watercolours act as trace memories of the icy terrain; a 2-channel projection shows the view from the deck of Professor Molchanov of the calm cold waters and a wooden interior recreates the ship’s reading room on board.
Ilana Halperin (born New York 1973) studied at Glasgow School of Art. Recent exhibitions include It Starts From Here, De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea; Sharjah Biennial 8. Sharjah, U.A.E; Alchemy Artists Fellowship Exhibition, Manchester Museum and Enlightenment; Collecting for the Future. Hunterian Art Museum, Glasgow (2007). Where the Wild Things Are, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee; Drawing Links, The Drawing Room, London and touring (2006). She was recently awarded the Esmee Fairbairn Residency at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute and is currently Alchemy Fellow at Manchester Museum. In 2006 Ilana was Artist-in-Residence with Oceanwide Expeditions/Tiffin Projects, Greenland and in 2005 did a Research Residency at Camden Arts Centre, London. Future exhibitions in 2008 include Estratos, group exhibition curated by Nicolas Bourriaud, Murcia, Spain; Conspire, transmediale 08, House of World Cultures, Berlin and Experimental Geography curated by Nato Thompson at Richard E Peeler Art Center, DePaus University, Indiana and touring. Ilana Halperin lives and works in Glasgow.
Ilana Halperin would like to thank Cove Park, DCA Print Studio, Tiffin Projects, Alison Stirling, Steve Dale, Sharjah Biennial 8; Scottish Arts Council, Hope Scott Trust, Oceanwide Expeditions, Global Volcanism Program, Rob Hanson and Frameworks.