TT Exhibition ViewTurbulent Terrain: Manifestations of the Sublime in Contemporary Art

Curated by Bryony Nainby

5 September - 1 November 2009 & touring 2010


Traditionally associated with the imagery of nineteenth century artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, the concept of the sublime originally referred to a sense of awe and fear inspired by the vastness and immense power of nature and the elements.

Today, shock and awe have become commonplace clich├ęs. Modern-day events of war, terrorism, scientific discoveries, space exploration and our growing awareness of the complexity and fragility of natural systems have transformed our traditional understandings of the sublime. The wonder, terror and exhilaration of natural forces that inspired artists such as Friedrich have new manifestations in contemporary artworks which engage with science, technology, military activity, environmental concerns and genetic engineering.

Turbulent Terrain: Manifestations of the Sublime in Contemporary Art explores postmodern notions of the sublime and presents work by artists who evoke forms of human experience beyond the everyday through painting, sculpture, sound and installation-based artworks.


Turbulent Terrain


Stephen Hurrel

Lara Merrett

Nicholas Folland

Olga Cironis

Peter Daverington

Charles Green & Lyndall Brown

Installation Images


Catalogue Essay



Image: Nicholas Folland, A job for tomorrow...2009, metal, glass, light globes, electrical freezer element, ice


This exhibition is proudly supported by:


Gordon Darling Foundation

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