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Media, Matter and Energy: The Sketchbook and the Collider, Ian Andrews
30th July - 21st August 2021
Wednesday - Saturday 12:00-17:30
Private view: 29th July 5:30-8:00pm
Talk: Saturday 21st 7-9pm book here


Ian Andrews uses drawing to build equivalents between the visual forces inherent in the language of drawing and particle interactions explored within the field of particle physics. Both are elemental building blocks of these diverse specialisms that reveal a history of shared ideas on the nature of reality since the early 20th Century.


Ian has been collaborating with Professor Nikolopoulos from the University of Birmingham particle physics groups for five years. Through The Sketchbook and the Collider project, Ian has worked with hand-drawn books, light boxes, large drawings and moving image to explore the ‘choreography’ of particles as they transform, annihilate and decay.


Media, Matter and Energy is a new site-specific installation of large-scale drawings that explore the naturally occurring radioactive material that can be found in North Devon, and will utilise the 17 foot high walls at Studio KIND. The large-scale drawings will reflect the giant apparatus necessary for generating the energy for particle physics research. These new drawings, based on the large hadron Collider at CERN where Professor Nikolopoulos is conducting his current research, will engulf the viewer within the quantum world, and responds to the tremendous forces operating at the quantum level.


After undertaking a residency at University of Birmingham in 2018, The Sketchbook and the Collider project has been shown at Rotunda Gallery and The Particle Event at Mac Birmingham, accompanied by a performance by dancer/choreographer Mairi Pardalaki in 2018. Collision Event, an Arts Council England funded solo exhibition at the Library of Birmingham in 2019, included a programme of events and educational workshops on the theme of trans-disciplinary collaboration, and Ian recently completed a residency at Stryx Gallery in 2020.


Media, Matter and Energy will be accompanied by a series of workshops.

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