CURRENT:QUICKSAND Selfridges Art Block 2020/2021
‘Quicksand’ (2020) by Emma Gibson
This triptych of sculptures by artist Emma Gibson sees miniscule grains of sand transformed into megalithic forms, putting this endangered but seemingly ubiquitous material – used to make anything from phone screens to windows, plastics to paint – quite literally under the microscope. Using micro-3D scanning technology, Gibson worked with The Imaging and Analysis Centre at the Natural History Museum to discover the otherworldly shapes of individual sand grains before recasting them as colossal forms. Each piece was made using recycled plaster, cliff chalk, timber and a pioneering resin made from recycled plastic bottles.
more information on the project can be found here.
Working with the Imaging and Analysis Centre, Core Research Laboratories, The Natural History Museum, London. Commissioned for Selfridges ART BLOCK, curated by The Yorkshire Sculpture Park
POINT BREAK - infra red reflective paint, Jesmonite, iron rebar 2019
Presented in a kind of ‘post-augmented reality’ where the real world simulates software driven environments and a parallel universe is detected only via smart devices’ hardware, Point Break is an installation about obstructions that cause a wave to break – like the momentary release between preparing for the end of surfing the internet and submitting to it. Sculptures of British Female World Champion sumo wrestler Hali Keenan made from 3D scans form a blockade of concrete tetrapod sea defences that float inside a grid that is only visible through a smart phone camera's infrared detector - creating the illusion of an augmented reality app made entirely of physical means, a simulation of a simulation.
Generously made possible by Arts Council England with National Lottery Funding, Kent County Council Arts Investment Funding and Albedo 100 sponsorship.With thanks to the National Sumo Federation, Hali Keenan, South Eastern Railway, Well Projects and Spacer.
LAST TO GO - mixed reality installation (3D scanned sculpture, wood/tape, AR application) 2018
Will you survive when the world is automated? Will you even see it coming?
Set: The holodeck is a fictional plot device from the television series Star Trek. It is presented as a staging environment in which participants may engage with different virtual reality environments. From a storytelling point of view, it permits the introduction of a greater variety of locations and characters that might not otherwise be possible, such as events and persons in the Earth's past or future, and is often used as a way to pose philosophical questions. Although the Holodeck has an advantage of being a safer alternative to reality, many Star Trek shows often feature holodeck-gone-bad plot devices in which real-world dangers (like automation) become part of what is otherwise a fantasy. The first appearance of a holodeck (originally called a 'recreation room') in Star Trek came in the animated series (1974). Some say they were leaked into the public conscious in popular tv shows by the ‘Deep State’, as a way to prepare society for the near-future inevitabilities of technology. Model wears: Industry grade orange trash bags, routinely adapted by "survivalists" in order to provide basic shelter, to weather a storm or the aftermath of a disaster until help comes.
Commissioned by Turner Contemporary, Dreamland Margate, Kent County Council and Margate Festival for Margate Arts Festival NOW 2018.
R&D Generously made possible by Arts Council England with National Lottery Funding.
SHELLING OUT- plaster, acrylic, mixed media, found objects 2015
installation consisting of creation processes and display areas, based on ‘shell lunacy’ or Conchlyomania - tanks holding pairs of completely identical sea shells for sale lets the viewer decide which are real and which are valuable. Original shells collected from Thanet and Kent coastline, fake shells hand-cast in plaster and meticulously painted over several months.
Generously hosted by Crate Gallery
MATT WHITE EMOTION - unlimited coverage - white wash, tin, vinyl2019
Durational performance/happening inside Selfridges Art Tank, Oxford Street London, as part of 'State of the Arts' one day artists' takeovers. Continually painting and cleaning after each other using whitewash with an unlimited edition paint tin created for the Art Shop along side.
Commissioned by Selfridges.
MACGUFFIN found objects (paper, leather) revolving platform, audio speakers 2017
A revolving installation and radio program trailer (audio) piecing together the mystery surrounding coded documentation hidden in a house in 2007 through interview snippets and ASMR SFX*as yet undeciphered - The Well, Open School East
*to hear the audio work press play below