'Situation' is an exhibition being held at Williams Art, Gwydir St, Cambridge between July 30th and August 17th 2014.

Within this, there will be various installations from artists Steve Smith and Richard Fraser.

The two installations from Fraser are based around a concept called the Transect. Please read below for details:

What is the Transect?
The Transect is a categorisation system that organises all elements of the built environment on a scale from rural to urban. It is both a descriptive theory and a system of land use. The central notion is of a gradient of habitats, from wilderness to urban core. As one moves along the gradient, differences in design, ecology and social structure are apparent.

An early understanding of the Transect was applied to the built environment is found in the work of Ian McHarg in his influential book, Design With Nature. However, McHarg focused almost exclusively on determining areas of environmental quality to be preserved, not on the form or function of the built environment. The concept of New Urbanism is to extend the Transect and continue it into the human environment. Applying the Transect to human environments suggests that we think not of human and natural environments in conflict with each other, but rather of ecosystems that are affected by humans, to a greater or lesser degree.

The Zones
The New Urbanist Transect is a method of classifying the natural and built environments as a continuum of conditions, ranging from rural to urban. Each point along the continuum has distinctive unifying characteristics that are reflected building forms, urban design, relationships to the natural world and public infrastructure. A transect might follow these conditions:

1 Coastal space
2 Rural space
3 Industry and/or conurbation edge
4 Suburban space
5 Urban core

How does this relate to the photography on the wall?
Inspired by the likes of Burtynsky’s work on ‘Oil’ and ‘Water’, the photographs presented in this collection all have one common aim: To document the ‘overlooked’ areas within each zone along the Transect, particularly within areas in which humans earmark for use/use/have used.

These are often transient spaces, A to B type spaces which serve a function first and foremost (such as a road, storage yard, quarry or sea defense). We pass through and spend time in these spaces every day yet do not give them a second thought; we use the space. The aesthetics therefore are not considered as primary to the design process, more an afterthought. Indeed, the viewer may even find these spaces familiar in some sense even if they have not been to that particular photograph’s location. This collection aims to stop and arrange these spaces in all their awkwardness and intrigue.


To see the details of the gallery, Williams Art, where the exhibition is being held, click here: http://www.williamsart.gallery/

'‘Situation’ will be an exhibition of subtle and unusual works that showcase two fascinating artists who create art and images that raise questions of our understanding and connection to the places and environments that surround us.'

C. Williams, Owner and Curator, Williams Art.