From the development of the camera obscura, through ready-made oil paint in tubes, to the growing presence of expansive digital media, technological advancement has been explored and exploited by artists throughout history.
A new exhibition opening at The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts is bringing together an impressive combination of contemporary works that address the mechanisation of both art and artist’s process. A Machine Aesthetic opens to the public on Tuesday 30 September, showing the works of 11 artists whose works are discursive of the most up to the moment advances, uses and mechanisations of contemporary art practice.
– Emma Hart, To Do
Neil Powell, NUA Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic), says: “Throughout history, successive generations are persuaded that the limits of art and technology are fully extended and perhaps unassailable – yet artists persist in exploiting and questioning the applications and function of available technologies with imagination, wit and ingenuity; A Machine Aesthetic offers a view of the unimagined and often unintended consequences of the some such encounters between aesthetics and functionality.” A Machine Aesthetic includes works by curators Eric Butcher and Simón Granell, as well as Andrew Bracey, David Connearn, Robert Currie, Paul Goodfellow, Emma Hart, Dan Hays, Natasha Kidd, Tim Knowles and Michael Roberts.
– Dan Hays, First Light & (detail)
The show is brought to the Gallery at NUA with the support of Transition Gallery London, Arts Council England, Northumbria University, Arts University Bournemouth and University of Lincoln, and is open on St Georges Street until Saturday 25 October, 12pm to 5pm (closed Sunday and Monday). Admission is free.
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