RE: SEARCH at The Glasgow Science Festival
RE:SEARCH – a conversation between Art and Science is an exhibition by painters Jonathan Meuli and John Robertson and ceramicist Jonathan Wade. All three artists are near neighbours in the WASPS Hanson Street Studios in Glasgow.
The show will run in two Wasps gallery venues: The Briggait, (141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ) and South Block, (60-64 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH).
During the Science Festival there will be a complementary series of events – a play workshop, and talks and discussion sessions featuring contributions by the artists and by Professors Paul Soler and Aidan Robson of the University of Glasgow and CERN.
John Robertson has produced some magnificent large scale works in acrylic: highly expressive motifs and gestures are thrown down onto the paper or board and almost endlessly repeated and varied, but always retain their shape. They represent Energy itself – in different states – and also the attempts of the artist to locate himself as viewer of what he himself is performing (and so cannot view?).
Jonathan Wade is also producing new large scale ceramic pieces specifically for the show – investigating deep texture, materiality on this and other worlds, and ideas of permanence, transience, coincidence and intervention. The arrival of an exploratory space mission on Comet Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko becomes, for this show, a respository of symbolic meaning about the interaction of the natural and the created.
Jonathan Meuli has been working for the last four years on large abstract pieces which have a metaphorical connection with contemporary scientific research. His latest piece, The Great Wave, 3 was finished in April. None of his pieces in this exhibition have been shown before.
6th June – 6th July: Mon – Fri, 10am to 5pm at two Wasps Studios venues:
The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ
South Block, 60-64 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH
For events & additional opportunities to view: visit www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk
The artists are very grateful for the participation, conversation and wholehearted support of Professor Aidan Robson and Professor Paul Soler, (CERN and the University of Glasgow) and of Dr Jessica Argo (Glasgow School of Art).
RE:SEARCH events programme
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE and places can be booked online at http://www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk/
For more details contact – Gemma Mannion: email@example.com
Weds 6th June, Briggait Galleries
6pm – 8pm
Science Festival Launch/ exhibition opening
The launch of the Glasgow Science Festival and a preview of RE:SEARCH, the exhibition.
Launch/opening open to all: groups of 10 for tours of the exhibition.
Fri 8th June, South Block
SEARCH for truth and beauty: “What's the matter with antimatter”: a short talk by Professor Paul Soler, followed by Q&A
Paul Soler is fascinated by the way that artists think and see connections that lay people do not see. He will be discussing the art-work on show, and relating it to the thought processes behind his own research.
The experiment which he helped design at CERN explores differences between matter and antimatter, to understand how the universe filled with matter rather than antimatter after the Big Bang.
“It is interesting that the two heaviest quarks, sometimes known as top and bottom, are also know as truth and beauty. The experiment I work in is the LHCb (LHC Beauty) experiment since we predominantly work with the beauty quarks. So, science also makes a link between truth and beauty.”
Sat 9th June, South Block
SEARCH for underlying reality: “Visualisation: how particle physics represents the world”: a short talk by Professor Aidan Robson, followed by Q&A
The talk will range from Feynman diagrams as 'cartoons' to the way in which particle physics models underlying reality, taking in contemporary art and music.
Aidan Robson works at the high energy frontier. He is one of the team on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, searching for the Higgs boson, imaging and imagining a new physics. He is also Outreach Champion for the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow, among other things, running the Glasgow Particle Physics Masterclass, which has been experienced by more than 1000 pupils since 2009.
He has a keen interest in contemporary art and music, and in the parallels and differences between creation in science and in art.
Sun 10th June, South Block
Artist and scientist discussion: chaired by Dr Jessica Argo.
A conversation between art-makers and scientists: they will discuss the relationships and similarities between art and science: from the scientific method to metaphors and myths of creation, via wave theory, human intervention in alien worlds, and deep texture.
The discussion will be followed by optional tour of Briggait and South Block exhibitions.
Mon 11th June: Briggait
SEARCH: the pattern in the weave: “Aesthetics and symmetry in particle physics”: a short talk by Professor Aidan Robson, followed by Q&A
Join Professor Aidan Robson to consider what constitutes a 'beautiful' theory in his work.
Followed by optional tour of South Block and Briggait exhibitions.
Sat 16th June, South Block
Artists on art: a discussion chaired by Dr Jessica Argo.
All three artists talk about the new work which they made for this exhibition, and reflect on how the dialogue with science has affected their thinking.
Sun 17th June, South Block
2pm – 4pm
An experiential play workshop suitable for all ages. Artist John Robertson will lead the participants through the playful process of mark and image making. Everyone will have the chance to make their own images and play together to make some collaborative art-works. “Be warned, at its best play can be a messy business, maybe don't wear your Sunday best?!"