I am pleased to announce that I shall be curating an exhibition of Computer Drawing in Spring/Summer 2018 at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich. This coincides with the Gallery’s 40th birthday celebrations.
The exhibition will consider how the writing of code has been used to explore the nature of drawing since digital computing technology became accessible to artists from the mid-1960s. It will feature important pioneers including Darrell Viner, Frieder Nake and Vera Molnar and examine their place within Modernist art history alongside Paul Klee, Kenneth & Mary Martin, Sol LeWitt and others.
Visitors will learn how the writing of an algorithm – constructing a set of pre-determined instructions to produce art, was influenced by aspects of Surrealism, Constuctivism, Fluxus, Op Art, Systems Art, Paul Klee’s “taking a line for a walk…” & Sol LeWitt’s “The idea becomes a machine that makes the art”. A catalogue will accompany the show and the Computer Arts Society will hold a conference.
I am also proud to have recently been made an Ambassador for the Sainsbury Centre and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for this great museum (seen here with a Henry Moore sculpture in the foreground).
Jackson Pollock, Yellow Islands 1952, collection of Tate
I will be giving a lecture on Jackson Pollock and Post-War American Art on Wednesday 30 September for the Richmond Art Society. The venue is the American University in London, Queen’s Road, Richmond TW10 6JP (non-members are welcome: £5.00) Hope to see you there!
Emily Allchurch, Albert Square, Manchester (after Valette), 2015. Collection of Manchester Art Gallery ? Emily Allchurch
Congratulations to Emily Allchurch on her newly-completed commission for Manchester Art Gallery. (Emily was a British Computer Society-featured artist of the month in 2013) This latest work references a painting from the Gallery’s collection by French Impressionist Adolphe Valette, who lived and taught in Manchester, influencing a generation of artists in the North, including LS Lowry. Albert Square, Manchester (after Valette), seen here, was crowd-funded through the Art Fund’s programme Art Happens. Typically of Emily the composition features many subtle details of the goings-on in this city as well as incorporating suggestions submitted to the artist via twitter. See the exhibition in Manchester 13 March – 7 June, or later in Nottingham
Sally Sheinman, What Makes You, You? number 215 My continued inability to understand most of the rest of the human race! inspired by Keith H On Lin
Congratulations to 2014 Lumen Art Prize winners Andy Lomas (Gold award for Cellular Forms) and Sally Sheinman (Founders Prize for What Makes You, You?), both outstanding artists who featured in my BCS column last year. The Prize is a major international competition with 800 submissions from 45 countries. The vast array of different styles and approaches which this prize attracts demonstrates the vibrancy of contemporary technological art. Exhibitions will be taking place around the globe this year, check it out.
An exhibition of Wells based artists at Catesby Court, an historic 17th-century Merchants House located on the harbour of Wells next the Sea., organised by me, with the kind permission of Valerie Chitty. For a private view invitation please email me.
Gustav Metzger, Liquid Crystal Environment, 1965/2005, exhibition view. Kettles Yard, University of Cambridge, photo: Paul Allitt
On view last month in Cambridge was Gustav Metzger’s Auto-Creative art, a variety of materials and methods demonstrative of his long interest in kinetic art, particularly movement and random activity. His 1964 statement At a certain point the work takes over, is in activity beyond the detailed control of the artist, reaches a power, grace, momentum, transcendence is apt for an installation which has both a hypnotic visual and a psychedelic delivery. Read the full review and learn about his connection to the Computer Arts Society here.
Art Everywhere 2014 –
Antony Gormley, Feeling Material, courtesy of Art Everywhere 2014
the people who put posters in public places around city centres of famous art works (voted for by the public), have commissioned Antony Gormley to produce this drawing. Created by the artist using the stylus in one continuous motion on an iPad, Gormley says, “I’ve never drawn on an iPad before and was thinking should I draw on a blackened piece of glass? Then I thought this is really stupid, we’ve got this extraordinary facility that everybody knows about […] so why don’t I give it a try?”
I think the end result is really quite fun. Only time will tell if this marks a new direction for this veteran of the British art establishment. Antony Gormley tells me that for several years he’s been using the digital as tools – all his sculptures start ‘life’ in the computer. 3D scans of his body facilitates manipulation of forms digitally, giving countless permutations and allowing valuable feedback. He also uses 3D printers. A new way of approaching the maquette?
You can see the work, which also consists of the animation of its creation, on digital screens nationwide including Piccadilly Circus & Manchester’s Trafford Centre, supported by the The Art Fund. Downloads and limited edition prints are available.
Usman Haque, Assemblance, a 3D interactive light field, 2014. Currently on view at the Barbican. Image courtesy of Umbrellium, reproduced with permission.
An ambitious exhibition of digital art and design opens this month at the Barbican Centre – Digital Revolution, featuring several works specially commissioned for the show – including our featured BCS image this month by Usman Haque, and much else besides to surprise and delight followers of the digital medium. Read all about it here.
Andy Lomas, Cellular Form 14_0017_0011, 2014
Andy Lomas is a self-confessed code junky, saying, I write it for my own pleasure. His Morphogenetic Creations on view earlier this year at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, has just been awarded one of the best artworks at the Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) conference recently held in London. This month at the BCS he shares with us this amazing image and his coding vision.
Anna Hill, Stardust, 2014. Copyright the artist, reproduced with permission
This month we are considering a truly extraordinary use of the digital. Artist and creative entrepreneur Anna Hill is exploring how immersive art can communicate the human experience of space travel and, in her words, bring space down to earth. Read all about her unique approach in our BCS feature here:http://www.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/52588