Ian Andrews

The Sketchbook and The Collider

“DRAWING LINKS BETWEEN FINE ART AND PARTICLE PHYSICS”

Monday 19th July 2021 1pm-2:30pm

 

ABOUT

"My current work is centred on drawing, building equivalents between the visual forces inherent in the language of drawing and particle interactions explored by the physicist. Both are elemental building blocks of our diverse specialisms that reveal a history of shared ideas on the nature of reality since the early 20th century.A residency at the University of Birmingham working with Prof Nikolopoulos from the particle physics group in 2018 changed my life as an artist as I made transformational changes to my practice. A series of exhibitions resulted, “The sketchbook and the Collider” at the University’s Rotunda Gallery and “The Particle Event” at Mac Birmingham with dancer/ choreographer Mairi Pardalaki both in 2018. “Collision Event” an ACE funded solo exhibition at the library of Birmingham in 2019 included a programme of events and educational workshops on the theme of trans-disciplinary collaboration. Shortly before the pandemic I completed another residency at Stryx Gallery in 2020 testing new work.Previous work, following my mother’s diagnosis for dementia, explored how neuronal connections are created in the brain and develop into larger networks enabling complex processes to take place. These connections can slip and fracture however and her greeting, “You remind me of my son” was a heart rendering illustration of this cognitive slippage.This developed into research regarding the relationship between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind. I’d realised that I use unconscious scanning techniques for deciding on the best way forward from the multitude of artistic possibilities. I started to relate this to my interest in particle physics and speculated whether the relationship between classical physics and quantum mechanics corresponded to the relationship between the conscious and unconscious parts of the mind.Overall the idea of “networks” and the interrelationship of elements underpin my thinking. Whether neuronal networks in the brain, the relationship between conscious and unconscious parts of the mind, the interactions of elemental particles or the spin networks of loop quantum gravity."

 

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DRAWING LINKS BETWEEN FINE ART AND PARTICLE PHYSICS

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  • FREE TO MEMBERS- USE CODE: FREEMEMBER