Splitting the Beam, a joint project by two artists Nye Thompson and Geoff Titley, is a visual dialogue created with digital photography, techno-sculptures and electronic waste exploring the relationship between the tangible and the virtual.
Private view Thursday 17 March 5-9pm | Rum Factory, Bow Arts, Unit 4 Pennington Street Warehouse, Pennington Street, London E1W 2BD
As we wade through our technologically tempered present we add new layers of meaning. We absorb views of what we see, who we are, where we are, from other angles, from different perspectives.
Splitting the Beam is a collaborative project by Nye Thompson and Geoff Titley, two artists whose practices address the relationship between the tangible and the virtual, from very different standpoints. Geoff works primarily with photography, using digital intervention to invite us to question the nature of the imagery that surrounds us. Nye builds techno-sculptures using light and electronic waste and creates objects and experiences that depend on user input. The goal of this project has been to create a visual dialogue between the two practices, with each artist responding directly to the other’s work; in order to create brand new work for this show.
The show title Splitting the Beam references the way in which our attentive gaze now strives to process the physical and digitally mediated worlds simultaneously. Into this ambiguous space the two artists, deliver the ‘familiar’. Or is it the ‘unfamiliar’? Whether it is the colour, the shape, the material or the size, there is something both recognisable and obscure about the 3D and 2D objects on show.
Within this space of call and response, Geoff’s digital prints of birds in flight in primary printing colours become Nye’s flashing points of light in space; a print of a solitary monumental rock is answered by a series of wire boulders constructed from telecoms waste. Small scale quasi-industrial objects are transformed into images of monumental ruins.
In this show, the differing standpoint of two artists, working with different forms, but exploring a common theme, offers the viewer glimpses of the complex and even curious experience of Splitting the Beam; of several perspectives becoming viewed as one.