Alchemy and Algorithms

An exhibition of work by Tim Rawlins and students of Black Mountain Bronze with photos by Matthew Day.


Alchemy: Concerned with the transmutation of matter, in particular with attempts to convert base metals into gold or find a universal elixir, a seemingly magical process of transformation, creation, or combination.

Algorithm: A process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.

Bronze casting is an ancient craft. It has at its heart the alchemical sleight of hand to transform a fragile organic object into a resilient inorganic object through the agency of extreme heat and fire. The idea and sculpting of the piece is free form and still touches on ideas out of mind, felt but unseen. The actual casting process is an algorithm with its own rules and calculations that need to be adhered to.

Modern photography has moved from an alchemical, (literally a chemical process) to a myriad of computations and algorithms. Almost ironically, the rigid algorithms and digitalizing of the process now offers far more creativity and opportunity for serendipitous and magical outcomes.

Sculptor and Bronze caster Tim Rawlins and Photographer and artist Matt Day embarked on a 3 month project to explore the notions of craft, process and the power of creative opportunity that emerges from interdisciplinary collaboration. As well as producing new works through combinations of digital printing and more traditional craft, they have also produced a series of dynamic images that bear witness to an artist’s life and the skill of a narrative eye.

The collaboration is ongoing with new pieces planned and a book in its infancy.

Upstairs @ ASG – Metal – Digital Prints on Aluminium by Tottie Aarvold

Tottie was awarded our HCA Exhibition prize for 2018 and shows the beauty in metal in its various guises in building across the UK and Europe.

As usual, we are open for your Framing requirements, which includes bespoke mouldings and customised shapes as well as more conventional frames and mounts for 2D and 3D items.

Our opening times are Wednesday to Friday, 10.00 to 4.00 and Saturday, 10.00 to 1.00. Other times by arrangement.

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