In spring 2019 Turner Contemporary will stage the largest UK exhibition of Scottish artist Katie Paterson to date, paired with a group of works by JMW Turner.
Over the last 10 years, Katie Paterson has developed an extraordinary and unique practice. She has worked with NASA to recreate the smell of Saturn’s moon, Titan (Candle (from Earth into a Black Hole), 2015), and the European Space Agency to send a meteorite back into space (Campo del Cielo,Field of the Sky, 2012-1014). Of such collaborations she says, “I am asking people to access all they know.”
Paterson (born 1981, Glasgow) first captured imaginations in one of her earliest works, Vatnajökull (the sound of). From anywhere in the world you could call a mobile phone number to be connected to a rapidly eroding glacier in Iceland and listen to it melting.
Paterson is currently working on her most ambitious project to date. Future Library, 2014 – 2114, has seen her plant 1000 trees in a forest near Oslo which will supply the paper for an anthology of books, one century from now. A new text will be written each year by a different author, kept in trust and not read by anyone until 2114, when the library is complete.
This exhibition will include the majority of Paterson’s existing works, which explore our relationship as humans with the vastness and wonder of the universe; our desire to see the un-seeable, to know the un-knowable.