Sculpting With Light Residency supported by The Leverhulme Trust

It's been a busy year already with no sign of a creative lull for quite a while. I have recently started my residency, Sculpting with Light, in collaboration with Durham University, supported by the Leverhulme Trust. I have been settling in to my beautiful new home and studio at Ushaw College, with the help of Ushaw College staff, who are always on hand to tell me the history of the place or introduce me to a new gem I haven't yet discovered.

I have been busy meeting with my main collaborators, Dr Giles Gasper (history), Professor Richard Bower (computational cosmology) and Professor Tom McLeish (physics). I am working my way through the history of cosmology from Aristotle to Dante and have already begun some geometric explorations. Some subjects being discussed are the expanding and contracting of nesting spheres, the differences between a medieval and modern notion of the void, and modelling an origami universe. Suffice it to say there is a wealth of inspiration already.

Over the summer there will be a series of public events and talks about the project. So if you would like to be kept informed just subscribe to my mailing list. There will also be regular updates on the dedicated website www.sculptingwithlight.wordpress.com

Bodies of Movement - Solo Show at Ely Cathedral Science Festival 2017

Art and Science Galore

Well we had a group effort at trying to make a new molecule out of paper, at the Night at the Cathedral, we managed to escape the wrath of the Daleks who have been lurking, but most of all we've had a lot of fun and learned a great deal at the Ely Cathedral Science Festival. Click here for a glimpse of the fun.

It is now the final week of the Bodies of Movement show at Ely Cathedral with lots of science related activities still going on. I'll be at the exhibition on the last day of the show, Sunday 18th June, making some models of work in progress. If you would like to pop along to see what I'm up to or have a chat, you are more than welcome.

Below is a short video by Rosie Reed Gold showing the making of the exhibition.

There is still time to crack the code of the Helix, which is the sculptural centrepiece of the exhibition. We have encoded a word into the Helix using the colours of the squares of fabric. I will be giving away a signed and numbered, limited edition print to one person who can crack the code and submit the correct answer. The winner will be selected at random from the correct answers. If you think you've got what it takes to crack the code, take a tip from Dr Francis Lister..... 'The first letter in the sequence is an unnatural amino acid, so start in the middle and guess the last letter.

Submit your answer with your name and email address to info@alexandracarr.co.uk

Bodies of Movement is a solo show bringing together the worlds of physics and biology through site specific work and drawings whilst responding to the awe inspiring architecture of Ely Cathedral. Motion, structure, form and scale are at the height of this work. I aim to reconcile the very large and the very small, from single celled organisms to the motion of planetary bodies. The work raises questions about an underlying code that connects all of us to each other.

Bodies of Movement is supported by Arts Council England and is part of the Ely Cathedral Science Festival 2017.

The exhibition continues until 18th June 2017.

For more information please visit www.bodiesofmovement.com

In Transit at The Old Parcels Office

Photography by Rosie Reed Gold.

'In Transit'

Last autumn I was invited to co-curate and exhibit in a group show at The Old Parcels Office in Scarborough with Caroline Underwood. 'In Transit' is the outcome.

After much excitement we opened our doors last Friday night and for the Coastival Festival weekend, to launch the exhibition and this spectacular building as a vibrant new art space. We even had a visit from BBC Radio York who were frantically trying to beat the clock to get to the treasure for their weekly treasure hunt. We were the treasure! If you'd like to listen to the show click here. (20mins 30 seconds in if you want to skip to us).

In Transit’ is a group exhibition of established and emerging artists working in a variety of media, from sculpture and painting to projection and installation. We seek to bring together a variety of styles and approaches to represent the diversity of contemporary art, with artists invited to work as directly or loosely as they wish, in response to the theme and the Old Parcels Office setting. Taking the notions of space and place as its starting point, the exhibition showcases current themes and methodologies in contemporary art and present juxtapositions of static and dynamic installations that aim to challenge and celebrate the bold architecture and space that the unusual Old Parcels Office site provides.

In this show I exhibited 'Black Matter' for the first time in the UK. To see more images and a video of the piece please click here.

Alexandra Carr, Caroline Lambard, Caroline Underwood, Jennifer Hooper, Owen Bullett, Rosaleigh Harvey-Otway, Rosie Munro Kerr, and Rosie Reed-Gold were the exhibiting artists, each producing a unique limited edition print to accompany the show. You can see the prints here. For sales please contact the individual artists.

Exhibition runs: 17th February - 17th March 2017
Opening 'Coastival' weekend with live music: 18th-19th February 2017

Above is the Old Parcels Office, a developing artspace in the centre of Scarborough.

Phox Pop, Issue 2 Magazine Launch

Phox Pop Launch Event on Thursday 25th August 2016

I was recently commisioned to illustrate an article for Phoxpop magazine, an independant printed publiction consisting of 96 (advertising-free) pages of stories about thinkers, seekers, makers and doers.

The Launch event is tomorrow (Thursday 25th August 2016) at 6.30pm, where the final engraved illustration will be on show along with some other enticing displays and a chance to meet the team and raise a glass in celebration of their amazing achievement. It would be great to see you there.

25th August at 6.30-9.30pm
The Apricot Gallery @ The Rag Factory
16-18 Heneage Street (off Brick Lane)
London
E1 5LJ

You can also find the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/632834940217528/


Through carefully-crafted words and striking images, Phoxpop tell the stories of ambitious and inspiring people, and their creative and curious pursuits.

Inside their pages you will find tales of and by people from fields including art, science, history, exploration and experimentation.

They like to think of themselves as a cabinet of curiosities in paper and ink form.

Inside they examine:

  • The history of made-up musical instruments, and personifications of nature in Nordic folktales.
  • The on-again, off-again relationship between Britain’s first astronaut and her interstellar attire, and the scientist who’s spent 50 years studying “the most remarkable biological phenomena in the world”.
  • Plus, discover a cabinet-maker in a hospital garden, crystal formations in urban places, and find out what links pasta and hipsters.

Shorlisted for the Arts@CERN COLLIDE International Award

Shorlisted for the Arts@CERN COLLIDE International Award

I am absolutely thrilled to have recieved this news today. Below is the video entry which managed to catch the eye of some of the judges. I hope you enjoy it.

After months of application writing, trouble shooting kinetic pieces, travelling, meetings, missed trains, budgeting and laboriously trudging my way through to do lists I have begun to feel less and less like an artist. I have been yearning to get back in the studio, sketch the ideas that have been niggling at me and touch materials once more. Being in touch with the skills which bring you alive is important. I long to craft crystal forms, carve ice, mould porcelain and chip away at stone. That time is near but today I had confirmation that all my 'non-artistic' efforts have not been in vain. I have been shortlisted out of over 900 applicants for the Arts@CERN COLLIDE International Award. I feel honoured to be part of such a select group of hard working, established and well respected artists. So thank you CERN. I would also like to say a big thank you to all my friends, family and colleagues who pick me up when I'm down and keep me on the right path when I begin to doubt myself. Knowing that what I do touches people makes it all worth while.

'Blue'

I've been itching to share this piece with you all and now the time is finally right. The video above is a recording of the live performance from Phillipe Clause which was performed at List í Ljósi light festival, as a result of a collaborative project we worked on together with Laura Tack, which was filmed in Seyðisfjörður during an artist's residency.

Guts and Grit in the Framework of Play

Last night I had the pleasure of talking to Professor Tom McLeish, Professor of Physics at Durham University, about the importance of play in research and the creative process. The value of rambling investigation and unexpected forks in the road, en route to your destination is, we agreed, a worthwhile undertaking. The notion of letting go of the end goal as soon as it pops into your head is, all too often, is an impossible concept for many, nevertheless, a practice destined to furnish you with unexpected 'gems and nuggets' as Tom puts it.

Both art and science seem to those within these fields, to be vastly misunderstood. As a physicist, Tom challenges the notion that it is all experiment, data, hard graft and endurance. Science requires enormous creativity, open mindedness, philosophy and even a metaphysical approach to the questions at hand. Similarly I'm often met with the opinion that all artists simply float on a sea of creativity, effortlessly producing masterpiece after masterpiece, without the need to eat, drink , sleep or pay rent; we simply survive on the ecstacy of creation gifted to us by our muses! Not the case. We too have our experiments and failure after failure after failure. You must devote your lifetime to learning your craft, you must be resilient to rejection, you must commit to the surprising mundanity your practice will throw at you, you must accept the guts and grit it takes to keep going.

All sketches and 'play' form part of the investigation of Grosseteste's scientific texts. This is part of a collaboration with The Ordered Universe Project, an interdisciplinary, international collaboration.

All sketches and 'play' form part of the investigation of Grosseteste's scientific texts. This is part of a collaboration with The Ordered Universe Project, an interdisciplinary, international collaboration.

Despite these misconceptions, art and science have one thing in common, they both ask the vast, sprawling, powerful and essential questions about nature and our relationship to it. They ask the questions bigger than us and this moves us deeply.

Given our common goals perhaps it's time for these definitions to blur as they once did in the age of the polymath and the Renaissance Man, when Tom would have been known as a Natural Philosopher rather than a Scientist. It's a term, I would certainly feel comfortable with for myself.

The beginning of a framework for a 2D relief piece, born out of 'play'.

The beginning of a framework for a 2D relief piece, born out of 'play'.

By accepting the guts and grit in the framework of play you are embarking on a journey of discovery that can be obtained by no other means. So go, be free and soak up your path of illumination and find the Natural Philosopher within.

Play at Work

I'm a firm believer that letting your mind wander and your fingers play are of great benefit to productivity and creativity. I've been guilty of letting that slide towards the end of last year. So these little studies will be on the wall of my studio throughout 2016 to remind me of the importance of play. I hope you all take some time to allow the awe and inspiration in during 2016 and watch the creativity flow. Happy New Year.

Salisbury Ceramics Open

The Salisbury Ceramics Open is on until Saturday 14th November. So if you haven't seen it there's still time. With such a broad range of work in such a beautiful setting it is well worth setting aside an hour or so to soak it all up. If you happen to have the pleasure, don't forget to vote for your favourite piece which will recieve a prize at the end of the exhibition (hut hum!).

Click here for further details.

Elbow Room Preview

So the final touches are being made for the preview tonight. All is going well and we're very excited to see you all to bask in a wordy, arty, cakey (yes cakey), drinky evening in a lovely gallery in Battersea...all topped off with some live music.

Click here for a link to the facebook event and the details below also.