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Tide Marks: Stephen Turner

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At Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London E14 until 11 November (Friday-Sunday, 1-5pm) Directly opposite the abandoned Dome, at the confluence of the River Lea and the River Thames, is Trinity Buoy Wharf - a cluster of old industrial buildings around a Victorian lighthouse, with Nick Lacey's Container City as a new addition (AJ 8.2.01), writes Andrew Mead .

As part of his 'Tide Marks' project, artist Stephen Turner has researched in depth the history of this site - once an orchard - and its surroundings: centuries of marshland dormancy before abrupt industrialisation (shipbuilding, etc) and present post-industrial uncertainty. But what Turner has done primarily is make works that draw directly on the materials and processes of the place - specifically, the river bed and tides of Bow Creek, the nearby stretch of the River Lea.

One day this summer, Turner and his assistants fastened large sheets of canvas to the river bed to physically record the actions of the tide, as the water first flowed in then withdrew.

Mud-stained and mottled, sometimes with green smudges of algae, these are now on show in the basement of a former oil-store of 1836.

Turner has also focused on the detritus, natural and man-made, old and new, that washes up as the tide retreats: a Victorian clay pipe, a squashed tin can, feathers, shells. 'I am interested in how we live with nature - and, generally, how badly we seem to live with nature, ' he says.

But his installation needs no polemical support - it is very atmospheric. With the influx of the tide, a pool of water forms in the oil-store basement, already dark and a little mysterious.

Three sheets are hung at intervals along one side - two lit from behind by artificial light, and softly glowing, the third lit obliquely and naturally - and all are reflected in the motionless water. As your eyes acclimatise, the three-dimensional illusions that the canvases create become ever more apparent. With their patches of colour and paler dispersions, they are full of visual incident - as if the tide was an Abstract Expressionist.

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