BEYOND OURSELVES – EXHIBITION AT THE ROYAL SOCIETY, LONDON

THE SHOW TITLED ‘BEYOND OURSELVES’ AT THE ROYAL SOCIETY, CARLTON HOUSE TERRACE, LONDON UNTIL 22 JUNE 2011.

This small exhibition was open for viewing during April, and now can be visited by prior appointment – for details go to the web site, noted further down.

Follow Beyond Ourselves on Twitter and you will read: “6 artists’ approaches to documenting the discoveries made through science that have challenged our understanding of the universe and place within it”

Here is a quote from the leaflet I was given:

‘Central to art practice is the artist’s subjective opinion or interpretation of the world. Science and maths cannot be directly bolted onto this……However there is a crossover as both artists and scientists are looking at the world and trying to understand it.”

It was interesting to go the Royal Society, in Carlton House Terrace, because I worked there part-time for a short period years ago. It has changed inside quite a lot. The objects provided by the six artists who made work on display are in the entrance area, the grand staircase, and on the first floor in a corner in the beautiful library, with large windows overlooking The Mall.

Most works were either three-dimensional, installations, video or sculptural. I saw a couple of paintings. The work could be described as ‘cutting edge’. I have a few photos and you will see what I mean more easily than if I try to describe further.

The artist who was at the exhibition, Chooc Ly Tan, is at present completing an MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths. Her work, Hill Falling Experiment, or Nonsense? is in the corridor and a structure, Problems, upstairs in the Library. Although I have been visiting art exhibitions for many years, I still find it difficult to understand the thinking behind such works, they are difficult.

What really interested me was the display case, or vitrine, which included some of the Royal Society’s scientific instruments. They are beautiful, and more important perhaps, it is possible to ascertain what is their use.

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