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Mat Collishaw: 'The Centrifugal Soul' at Blain|Southern

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Time 10:00
Date 07/04/17
Price Free

The artist presents new sculpture, installation and paintings that emerged from his interest in a theory about why humans make and display art.

The Centrifugal Soul is a sculpture in the form of a zoetrope, a pre-film animation device that produces the illusion of motion through rotation and stroboscopic light. The zoetrope animates scenes of birds of paradise and bowerbirds as they perform elaborate mating rituals.

Elsewhere in the exhibition, a new body of work continues the examination of visual power play. Twelve trompe l'oeil paintings of British garden birds tethered to perches reference the seventeenth-century fashion for commissioning portraits of prestige pets.

Albion is a new installation that takes as its subject the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, a centuries-old tree which since the Victorian era has been supported by an elaborate system of scaffolding. Collishaw's near life-size rotating image of the oak is a ghost-like apparition generated by laser scanning. The image represents a living object which is trapped in perpetuity to present the illusion of life.