Sainsbury Centre exhibition opens 8th January 2011
20/12/2010 Nuage Vert, Nov 2010, Paris
Invisible Dust has been invited to display video, photos and drawings by residency artists Hehe and Liz Ballard together with Townley and Bradby from 8th-16th January at the Sainsbury Centre of Visual Arts, Norwich.
The artists will show related works from their residency with the School of Environmental Sciences, led by Atmospheric Chemist Professor Peter Brimblecombe and hydrologist Dr Kevin Hiscock at the University of East Anglia which continues until February 2011.
HeHe are part of the 2011 Invisible Breath series that highlights the consequences of air pollution on breathing. Their work (see above image of laser beam outlining smoke cloud from Paris incineration plant recently) draws from the aesthetics of emission clouds that both enthrall and disgust. During the residency they have explored Brimblecombe’s interest in how air pollution has been portrayed by artists throughout history from Monet paintings to Pink Flloyd’s album cover of Battersea power station. HeHe create provocative acts, and the artwork continues afterwards as video documentation. On show will be two such video works, Nuage Vert (Paris 2010) and Toy Emissions (New York 2007).
Liz Ballard is interested in notions of the temporal and infinite, with working methods that view the activity of drawing as a performative trace. During her residency Ballard is researching water pollution and the water cycle in regard to climate change, and has been inspired by geological and hydrogeological mapping. She has been working with Dr Kevin Hiscock who is conducting the Wensum Demonstration Test Catchment project to assess the effectiveness of a variety of land management measures aimed at reducing diffuse pollution from agricultural activities in the River Wensum.
Townley and Bradby’s practice explores the routines and rituals of everyday life. Sometimes the aim is to introduce a subtle addition to a familiar routine in order to load it with new meaning. At other times they use a performance approach, intervening directly in routines like the drive to work in the morning. During the spring, Townley and Bradby will be looking at how different visions for the future and sustainability of Norwich are prefigured in different housing estates around the city’s edge.
Invisible Dust is also working in association with the SCVA’s Culture of the Countryside project, with artist Bryony Graham delivering creative workshops at The Ark Children’s Centre in Lowestoft and Gisleham Middle School. Science Café’s and public talks in Norwich and Cambridge will be held in the lead up to the festivals.
Hehe and Liz Ballard will be at the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2011. Townley and Bradby will join them in presenting works as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in May 2011.
Further info: Hehe