A Lakeland Scene (after Sidney Richard
Percy) & In the Llugwy (after William Henry
Mander), 2018
Digital print on advertising billboards
610 x 305 cm
Installation view, New Bridge St, Newcastle

Motion-blurred landscapes are presented on commercial billboards in the public realm. For each of these artworks Long has digitally manipulated the image of a historically significant 19th Century oil landscape using computer painting techniques. The effect created is of the rural environment being moved through at high velocity, as if captured by photographic means from the window of a locomotive. Paintings by artists

expressing a romantic outlook of tranquility and contented country life, are reconsidered in relation to a modern reality that no longer moves at a stable, orderly pace. Moving Landscapes prompt us to examine whether we are exhilarated or baffled by the acceleration of modern life and whether access to more information at a faster speed means a greater or lesser experience of the world around us.