Kirsty Harris - From This Crude Lab - Open studio event

5 Sep 2015

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12:00 – 17:00

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England, United Kingdom


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  • Nearest bus station: Gateshead Interchange
  • Nearest Metro station: Gateshead Metro
  • Nearest Railway station: Newcastle Central
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Ten weeks on the Experimental Studio residency have flown by and it's time to invite you to my open studio event in Newcastle, running alongside Vane Gallery's closing celebration of their current exhibition - which marks the tenth anniversary of the opening of the gallery.


I've had an amazing time up here in the North East, it would be great to see you and show you what's been occurring.

To mark the end of her residency at The Experimental Studios, London-based artist Kirsty Harris is opening her studio to the public and will be present to discuss her work.

Harris has spent the last ten weeks developing her practice based around the imagery and data collected on nuclear tests. Creating oil paintings on linen and glass, cyanotypes, short films, silverpoint and carbon paper drawings, she has used the space and time provided to step up in scale whilst still keeping a strong element of experimentation. Quotes are scattered, shadows are thrown through glass paintings of mushroom clouds with un-stretched linens pinned directly onto the wall.

‘From this Crude Lab’ is taken from an anonymous short poem bandied around Los Alamos leading up to the first atomic test, Trinity:
“From this crude lab that spawned a dud. Their necks to Truman’s ax uncurled. Lo, the embattled savants stood, and fired the flop heard round the world.”

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Kirsty Harris


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