SALTBURNARTISTS’PROJECTS presents ‘Fire in the Eye (Painting with Electricity),’ a selection of works by acclaimed artist group Disinformation. Disinformation makes electronic music, sound and installations and pioneered the use of amplified electromagnetic noise as the raw material of musical and fine art presentations. The exhibition is funded by Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme.
The exhibition features the highly interactive, entertaining and accessible sound, light and live performance installation The Origin of Painting. This enables members of the public to photograph their projected shadows onto a giant phosphorescent painting – to a soundtrack of live (and surprisingly musical) electromagnetic noise. The installation also enables visitors to draw with light directly onto the phosphorescent surface – producing portraits, abstracts, graffiti etc which are literally incandescent. The installation references the myth of “The Corinthian Maid, or The Origin of Painting” depicted by the painter Joseph Wright in 1782.
Reflecting this preoccupation with simple technology, Barry Hale’s Blackout video documents monolithic, ruined, concrete air-defence Sound Mirrors found at various sites on the UK coast – including Boulby and Markse. The Sound Mirrors formed a primitive, acoustic version of radar – an early-warning system designed to pick up sounds of attacking enemy aircraft and ships. “Blackout” articulates Friedrich Schelling’s concept of “architecture as frozen music”.
Joe Banks from Disinformation will be at SALTBURNARTISTS’PROJECTS to talk about the group’s work on Saturday 10th February from 2-4pm.
The preview for ‘Fire in the Eye (Painting with Electricity)’ takes place at the Saltburn Gallery on Friday 19th January, from 7-9pm. The exhibition continues until 11th March. The gallery is open Wednesday – Sunday, from 12 noon – 4pm.