Wednesday, 1 April 2015

8 Minutes 20 Seconds

                                                                                                                              Sun Rocket - Helios Rocket 2, Helen Schell

THE LATE SHOWS EVENTS: 15 & 16 May, 7pm - 11pm
EXHIBITION: 16 May - 4 June (Gallery open 11am - 4pm, Tuesdays - Saturdays)

The Holy Biscuit is collaborating with Northumbria University's Think Physics project for an exhibition and events to coincide with the Late Shows. This show will be an artistic interpretation of the science behind the sun, marking 2015 as the UN International Year of Light. It takes 8 minutes 20 seconds for the light from the sun to reach the earth. Forming the basis for life on our planet, this enormous effect has been recognised since prehistoric times. Through artist interpretation and scientific exploration, we will look at how the sun creates light and how we interact with it.

Featuring work from artists Helen Schell, John Jo Murray, Sarah Davis and Emily Simpson, the show will be interspersed with fun scientific exhibits from the Think Physics team. This will be an interactive exhibition bringing both science and the arts to new audiences. Be among the first to see it as it comes alive at night with engaging activities that bring sunlight to The Late Shows on 15th & 16th May. 

Think Physics is a three year project based at Northumbria University. Their aim is to show students that studying science, particularly physics, opens doors to a wide range of interesting careers. As well as working with schools, they take physics out to the wider public through collaborations with art galleries, festivals and other community organisations. Visit their website for more information.

Helen Schell                         John Jo Murray             Sarah Davis                     Emily Simpson                                                           

Schell specialises in art projects inspired by space exploration and science of the cosmos. This involves collaborating with scientists and takes the form of mixed media installations, large paintings, smart materials, costumes and experimental books. Over the last year, she has been developing artworks about the visual appearance and science of the sun.

Murray's work hovers around notions of subtlety, he has been working with subtle errors in production for the last few years but has begun moving back into subtle changes in colour, variance and reflection of colour through light.

Thematically Davis is interested in Nature and the colossal age of our Earth. Her bright colours and bold motifs chart the Earth's origins and the part the sun and subsequent light played in its development, addressing our scientific understanding of light.

As part of an ongoing photographic exploration Simpson has been examining notions of the photographic 'truth', reinterpreting the act of looking. By opening up a discourse between image and referent she gently questions notions of the assumed photographic 'truth', that the photographic image is a stencil of reality. This is achieved through the camera's capabilities, playing upon how the camera filters and processes light as distinct from the human eye.
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