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2002 at kettle's Yard Gallery

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Flights of Reality

A Measure of Reality

Ben Nicholson

Flights of Reality
12 January – 3 March 2002

Charles Avery, Matthew Ritchie, Keith Tyson, Grace Weir, Keith Wilson
From the revolutionary theory of the asymmetrical structure of the fish brain to the permutation of form within a monomolecular universe, scientific theories provide a point of departure for the work in the exhibition. Playful and speculative, the works create competing versions of a world forcefully nudged from its everyday axis. The exhibition will oscillate between the familiar and the unknown, between revealed truths and imaginary worlds. Paralleling science in uncovering new routes of thought, and the creation of new or rival cosmologies, the work is a reminder of the ways in which we do not see the world. Or in the words of Matthew Ritchie, a ‘conjunction of the fantastic and mundane suspended in an organic delirium’.

A Measure of Reality
9 March – 28 April 2002

From his studio in New York, the artist Dan Graham noted the distances from his cornea to the retinal wall and from there to the front door, to Times Square, to Washington DC, to the edge of the known universe. In his south London studio, the painter Euan Uglow would chart and measure the geometry of the life model he had posed in a meticulously organised setting. While Richard Long paces the landscape, Lizzie Hughes telephones every floor of the Empire State Building.

Measuring is often taken to be the business of scientists, but A Measure of Reality will look at how artists, over the last thirty years, have attempted to come to terms with the physical world, and our situation in time and space, through a multitude of processes of measurement. The exhibition will include painting, photography, film and installation work.

Ben Nicholson: ‘chasing out something alive’
Reliefs and drawings 1950-75
27 July – 22 September 2002

An exhibition looking at the later years of Ben Nicholson’s career. The exhibition will focus on Nicholson at his most personal and intimate, his drawings of architecture, landscape and the occasional nude, and at his most universal, the abstract painted reliefs.

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