// ARTISTS //
An exhibition exploring the representation of black holes, voids and portals.
Opening Party: SOLSTICE, 21st June 2016, 6pm
With talk from Chris Welch, Professor of Space Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, where he is also Director of Masters Programs. Chris will be speaking about the representation of black holes and voids in space physics and science fiction.
Screening of Sarah Sparkes film, Time You Need and DJ set by CAETVS
Closing Party: FIRST THURSDAY, 7 July 2016, 6pm
Sam Battle / Look Mum No Computer Modular Synth Set
With Visuals from Dario Villanueva
Jane Grisewood's Black on Black series explores darkness, blackness – the void – through different black paints on black paper. Jane exhibited Black Hole photographs, a typology of voids found in numerous locations around the world. Grisewood, born and educated in New Zealand, worked as an editor/publisher in London and New York before studying fine art. She was awarded her PhD in 2010 at Central Saint Martins, UAL where she teaches experimental drawing, and has artist books in many collections, including Tate, V&A, MoMA, MACBA, Brooklyn Museum and Yale. Working across media, she investigates time and transience through the line, repetition and durational processes, where drawing is key. Recent work is inspired by boundaries between earth-bound and cosmic temporalities, invisible and visible, black holes and cosmic web.
Melanie King's current research considers how invisible forces are represented in the field of both art and science. Melanie presented a series of experimental films exploring the bubble and its' relationship to cosmological theories such as the multiverse and inflation theory.
Sarah Sparkes presented a series of works exploring infinities, the void and it's intrusion into the domestic and everyday. FLUE was originally created for a hollowed out space, once a fireplace, for Other Rooms exhibition in Basement Arts Project Space, Leeds. For VOID exhibition, rebuilt the work within a dark recess below a cupboard in the Belfry of St John's.
Sarah screened her film Time You Need on the VOID opening night, which explores the potential for consciousness to time-travel within the material limits of the human body. Using the symbolism of the portal and black hole, as they are conceptualised in both science, science fiction and the artists own work, the film presents a montage of narratives and documentation of performances and installations, which together with sonic and visual disruptions, create a liminal experience for the spectator. The proposition is that one may find, herein, the time one needs.