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NORTHERN GALLERY FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

At National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL
0191 515 5555

northerngalleryforcontemporaryart.co.uk
ngca@sunderland.ac.uk

10.00 - 17.00

10 min walk from St Peter's Metro 20 min walk from Sunderland Station


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Click to enlargeCHRIS CORNISH : THE ADVENTURE AND THE RESOLUTION
Sep 9, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018
Since 2015 Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and National Glass Centre have been working together to preserve important works of art of our time for Sunderland, creating a legacy for the city, for the future.
As part of a new exhibition that offers an initial glimpse into the first works acquired for these permanent collections, we are showing Chris Cornish’s astonishing digital animation The Adventure and the Resolution. Cornish presents us with a breathtaking illusion in which we encounter ‘smoke and mirrors’ in quite unexpected ways.

JOHN KIPPIN: BASED ON A TRUE STORY
Jun 29 - Sep 23, 2018 FINAL WEEK
Based on a True Story surveys forty years of making art in public by John Kippin, a central figure in the emergence of photography as an independent art form in the UK from the 1970s and 1980s through to the present day. The exhibition, and the 344pp publication that accompany it, bringing together contributions from nine leading scholars and curators in the field, including the Director of The Photographers‘ Gallery, Brett Rogers. Each of the nine contributors has selected works from Kippin’s forty-year archive to provide
new insights into his way of seeing the world through a lens. Kippin’s photographic artwork has contributed to debates about the nature of post-industrial landscapes, national and regional identity, forgotten spaces, and the power of the state and commerce to reshape the world. Since the 1980s, Kippin has created billboards for public spaces that intervene in the social realm directly – countering the messages of advertising with counter-cultural propositions, and questions.
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DAN HOLDSWORTH: CONTINUOUS TOPOGRAPHY
Oct 26, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019
Private view Thu Oct 25 6pm - 8pm
Since 1996, the English artist-photographer Dan Holdsworth has explored the “extreme” territories that characterize humans’ changing relationship to the ‘natural’ world in the Anthropocene. Since 2012, the artist has worked alongside academic geologists to map the exact contours of Alpine glaciers and rock formations, by using drones, lasers, photography, and high-end software ordinarily employed by the military and climate scientists. The result is the series Continuous Topography, consisting of images created from millions of points marked in space, each a millimetre-perfect registration of the precise contours of a rapidly changing landscape. This landscape is the Argientière glacier in the Alps. Indeed between the recording of the landscape, and its presentation as artworks made to be conserved in perpetuity, the landscape has already begun to change beyond recognition.
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DAN HOLDSWORTH: SPATIAL OBJECTS
Jan 18 - Mar 17, 2019
Private view Thu Jan 17 6pm - 8pm
Holdsworth’s Spatial Objects are strange, alluring portraits of the ‘objects' that every one of us encounters every day, and which are the building blocks of vision in a digital age, but which ordinarily lie beyond our perception. The titular ‘objects’ are single “data points” – pixels marking a unique point in space, as GPS co-ordinates. The starting point for these works has been geological mapping data from the US Geological Survey of Crater Lake, a protected National Park in the western United States. When transformed into a 3D model, the data allows us to see every single point in the landscape in virtual space. Holdsworth has created photographs of individual pixels, blown-up to a scale that they become possessed of a monumental physicality. In each work, we encounter the edges of an individual plane of one pixel: each image shows only “a fragment of a fragment” of the landscape, in the artist’s own words. Here, we experience the space of nature just as it is mediated through our omnipresent screens – as pure RGB colour and light.
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KELLY RICHARDSON: PILLARS OF DAWN
Mar 29 - May 26, 2019
Artist Kelly Richardson has spent three years imagining a world at one remove from our own, working with digital imaging software to create a vision of the near future. In each of her works, we encounter millions of glistening crystals that have somehow encrusted every square inch of the planet’s surface. The artist pushes the limits of what our eyes can register, the mind can conceive of, and the most high-tech computers can calculate. Each crystal has been ‘sculpted’ in three dimensions, so that in each work, there is one crystal for every extant species on Earth. ‘Pillars of Dawn’ presents us with what seems to be the dusk of humanity ̶ the sixth great extinction ̶ where only the hardiest of trees seem to survive. These are akin to photographs outside of time: from either the Earth’s earliest days or humanity’s final hour, acting as documents of nuclear conflagration or environmental depredation.

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