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TechX showcases artwork by Farnham's technical staff

From 11 September - 11 October 2019, the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Farnham presents TechX, an exhibition showcasing the work of the technical staff at UCA Farnham. From glass, textile design, photography, moving image and sound-sensitive light sculptures, this exhibition recognises the creative talents of UCA’s technical staff and showcases the highly specialist skills and knowledge that supports UCA’s students and their creative education at UCA. 

The exhibition will explore the development of technical specialism and the creative opportunities that can arise from linking up across creative subjects, collaboration and cross-disciplinary practice.

Accompanying the exhibition will be an events programme that will include presentations by the technical staff and discussions around materiality and technical approaches to creative education. Along with practical activities, there will be an opportunity to Meet the Maker, where you can learn more about the techniques, equipment processes used to create the work.

'Venice in Printed Colour' by Joanna Hayward

'Venice in Printed Colour' is a work by Joanna Hayward, a printed textiles technican. Her piece is an 8-meter length of milk fibre cloth. Each stripe is printed using a silk screen method called breakdown printing. Joanna starts by painting spontaneous and organic marks on the reverse of a silk screen with a black paste and leaving it to dry, once the paste is dry, she then prints through a Procion dye paste.

Joanna added: "I have created all the colour recipes by hand and have built up my own catalogue of personalised colour swatches. The colours used in this project were inspired by a recent trip to Venice. I am always drawn to urban decay and found myself taking photographs of the fascinating old doors and shutters with their many layers of peeling paint."

'Metameric Landscape' by Edmond Byrne  

'Metameric Landscape' is by Edmond Byrne, a tutor technician for art. His mould blown glass aims to evoke an emotional response in the viewer. From his large ethereal stacked vessels to his signature sprawling tableaux, Byrne's vessels use the materiality of glass to examine the science and psychology of colour. For the Metameric series, Byrne examines the metameric phenomenon; when two individual colours appear indistinguishable to the human eye, their difference revealed with a change in ambient light.

'Anthropocene' by Michelle Shields

'Design in the Age of Anthropocene' is by Michelle Shields, tutor technician in ceramics & glass. Michelle says: "Clay- the stuff of the earth, is a constant source of fascination for my practice as an interdisciplinary maker. At present developing my own porcelain clay bodies, using ingredients found in every ceramic studio. The clay undergoes an unusual chemical reaction in the oxidation firing, resulting in an expanding clay body that subverts the process of firing objects to vitrification. In combination with using the robotic arm, which encodes by milling the surface of wet clay before being hand-built, resulting in soft, hybrid developable forms."

'Inter-spective' by Gideon Fisher

'Inter-spective' is by Gideon Fisher an analogue photography technician. "The objective of lnter-Spective is to explore the concept of simultaneous interconnectivity and isolation. Two subjects sit opposite each other, engaged in direct eye contact. The camera is then focused on a pair of mirrors, positioned in-between the subjects. The mirrors split the subjects whilst visually placing them much closer together in the frame. Recording both subjects in such a manner on one sheet of film creates a permanent document of their relationship to each other in a way that a digital composite or two separate images would not," explained Gideon.

l-r: 3-DELEQ, DNA Light Sculptures by Jamie Barrett

 'A Visual Representation of Sound' is an installation project by Vangelis Katsinas, a technician tutor in sound production. He explained: “In this installation, I've used a series of sound-sensitive light sculptures designed by sculpture artist Jamie Barret-FUTURETRO, which have been connected to a computer, via a multi-output audio interface. I will be remixing a popular composition consisting of guitars, violins, viola, percussion instruments and more, all of which will be recorded in UCA. Each instrument will trigger a different sculpture (or part of the sculpture) and all light-sculptures interact as a virtual orchestra, along with the sound.”

To see the full range of works on display, visit the TechX exhibition, in the James Hockey Gallery at UCA Farnham from 11 September - 11 October 2019.

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