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Earth Gallery – Bristol University

Friday 25 November 2016 – 31st March 2017

Mon-Fri 10am-4pm. The porters can give visitors access to the gallery if they have enough staff on site.
To ensure access please book an appointment via Claudia Hildebrant – c.hildebrandt@bristol.ac.uk or 01179545412
The exhibition can also be viewed as part of the Wills Memorial Tower Tours.
University is closed 24/12/2016 – 3/01/2017
Location: Wills Memorial Building, University Of Bristol, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RJ

The artworks displayed are part of an ongoing collaboration between staff and students from the School of Earth Sciences and visual artists based in Bristol.  The idea for the exhibition space grew out of a Leverhulme Artist in Residence grant to Rodney Harris in 2015.

The current exhibition shows a selection of works which are the results of alchemical experiments from the ‘Is It Magma?’ project.  Jo Lathwood’s interest in using molten rock as a sculptural material comes from a keen desire to understand and explore  processes. The majority of works on display have been created by heating up Andesite to a molten state and then pouring it into bespoke moulds.  Much of the skills required to execute this work have been transcribed from a background in metal casting.

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Past events…

Institute of Making – Public Open Day: Geology

Saturday 05 November 2016 1:00pm – 5:00pm. FREE.

Location: Institute of Making, Malet Place, UCL, London, WC1E 7JE

Along side some other very interesting material / art / geology investigators, I will be presenting a selection of sculptures that I have been making and talk to anyone and everyone about the processes I have explored during this research project.  Hosted by the grand Institute of Making; materials library at UCL.

For more information have a look at www.instituteofmaking.org.uk/events/detail/public-open-day-geology

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Jo Lathwood & Solveig Settemsdal – Exhibition

University of Gloucestershire, Hardwick Campus, St Paul’s Road, Cheltenham, Glos. GL50 4BS

A Solid Above is the first time Lathwood and Settemsdal combine forces to make new collaborative work.  Lathwood and Settemsdal investigate material processes with an alchemical approach from opposite ends of the material spectrum. Lathwood’s practice currently investigates the sculptural properties of dense materials such as iron, bronze and rock whereas Settemsdal explores more ephemeral materials like wax, gelatine and plaster.  The metamorphic properties of these substances feed into their process-led practices.  Both artists share a fascination with the shifting boundaries where known reality blurs into the fictional, and how this has impacted our understanding of the world throughout history.

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Jo Lathwood & Solveig Settemsdal – Workshop

Exploring materials in the exhibition ‘A Solid Above’ Lathwood and Settemsdal introduce and explain the processes used to make their work.   Initiating a discussion around narrative and mythos to properties of substance and how these can be used to construct thoughts and relationships in literature.  Focussing on Primo Levi’s ‘Periodic Table’, Keats’ concept of negative capability and Arthur Koestler’s ‘The Sleepwalkers’.

http://hardwickgallery.org/exhibition/a-solid-above/

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Open Studio

Friday 29 April 2016, 6–9pm (party till late) / Saturday 30 April 2016, 11am–5pm / Sunday 1 May, 11am–5pm / Monday 2 May, 11am–5pm. FREE.  Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Rd, BS1 6UX

To share my finding so far and answer some questions about the project please feel welcome to join me at Spike Island Open Studios over the May Bank Hoilday.  I will be showcasing works-in-progresses with Solveig Settemsdal in Studio 19 and studio 80.

Spike Open: http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/events/activities/spike-island-open-studios-2016

Solveig Settemsdal’s work: http://settemsdal.com/

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Live Lava Pour

Monday 2nd May 2016 3pm – 5pm. FREE. Sculpture Yard, Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Rd, BS1 6UX

As part of the Spike Open weekend I will also be doing a live lava pour in the sculpture courtyard, so members of the public have the opportunity to see molten rock, and further understand how I have been creating some of these new artworks.