Thursday, 11 October 2012

Project Synthesis: Exhibition starts November 2nd

Private View:
Thursday 1st November 6:30 – 8:00 - all welcome.

The project I've been working on all summer is entitled “Synthesis”. I received a grant earlier in the year from the Arts Council of Wales to support the development of a new body of work, which is now going on show in a one-man exhibition at the Radnorshire Museum in Llandrindod Wells.

Exhibition details:

“Synthesis: New works on paper by Martin Herbert”
at the Radnorshire Museum, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1 5DL
Friday 2nd November 2012 – Saturday 12th January 2013
Open Tues-Fri 10:00 – 4:00, Sat 10:00 – 1:00

For more information, mail me, or call the museum on 01597 824 513

Private View:

Thurs. 1st Nov. 2012 - 6:30 - 8:00 - all welcome

About the Project:

The “Synthesis” project has two distinct strands with one theme in common – they both concern the relationship between digital 'new media' and traditional drawing and painting techniques. My goal is to explore ways in which computers and the internet can be used to source material which inspires illustrations and innovative new work to be carried out using traditional materials and techniques.

The first strand concerns the production of new organisms, machines and organic constructs using 3D computer modelling technology, which I then use as inspiration for new drawings done using the earthiest and most organic of materials – sepia ink, clay pencils, earth pigments etc.

Design for a Flying Machine to Escape the Bank Manager” (Detail)  : Ink, pencil, gouache & transfer print on Khadi handmade paper : Copyright © 2012 by Martin Herbert
The second strand involves sourcing written material from the internet - I am using these texts as the basis for new illustrated editions of neglected or beloved books which have now passed into the public domain through expiry of copyright and are now available to anyone who cares to download them from web archives. The illustrated editions will then be uploaded back to the internet as e-books, completing the cycle. The first book to receive this treatment is Irish author James Stephen's 'fairy tale for grownups', The Crock of Gold (Reviews here). The illustrations are a work in progress, leading up to publication of a new illustrated edition in 2013.

Pan in Ireland” : Ink, pencil, gouache & pigment on Khadi handmade paper
Copyright © 2012 by Martin Herbert
Video installation:

A selection of work from the “unlikely realms” series of digital organic abstract prints, which were part of the original inspiration for the Synthesis project “organic construct” strand.

Project Synthesis has been made possible with the support of:

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