The Old Police Station
114 Amersham Vale
London SE14 6LG
Friday February 26th 2010
Volume is proud to present the UK premiere of Eliel and Engel, two digital animations by Glasgow based artist Patrick Jameson. The films will be screened on a loop throughout the evening.
Using 3-D modelling software and sound to create âfictions of mediated realities', Patrick Jameson uses the deconstruction of objects and their re-assembly as models to examine the inter-relation of technology and belief, and the inseparability of our beliefs from cultural products.
Eliel (2009) takes the Bjurböle Meteor which fell to earth in southern Finland in 1899, and formed the centrepiece of Eliel Saarinen's Finnish Pavillion at the 1900 World Exposition in Paris as its starting point. Like a meteor hitting the earth in reverse the film Eliel transports the viewer upwards from the meteor and through the space of the pavilion, a space evocative of the underlying designs found in organic material. Through distortions of scale the architecture is abstracted into coruscating shapes, suggesting something more than nature or human endeavour. The animation is ultimately an exploration of the wonder inherent in material objects and, by recreating an architectural space founded on the principles of hidden crystaline truths, it is evocative of those aspects of the material which are outside of human understanding.
Engel (2008) uses a single camera movement through a model of the Vartiovuori Astronomical Observatory in Turku, Finland, designed by German architect Carl Ludvig Engel. The animation begins with a single line referencing the blueprint of the building and the single note of a viola, increasing to 50 notes as the camera moves through the main space of the building signifying the 50 illuminated treads on the spiral staircase. As the camera moves into the dome, the incomplete staircase points toward the night sky. Outside the building there is no sound. Space is a vacuum and all we are left with is a spherical representation of the earth a microcosmic understanding of our position in the Universe.
Born in 1976, Patrick Jameson graduated with an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2001. A multiple recipient of the Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award, Patrick has exhibited widely in Scotland and internationally including the Glasgow Film Festival, Dean Gallery (Edinburgh), Tramway (Glasgow), Ginza Art Laboratory (Tokyo), AK28 (Stockholm) and Hunter Gallery (New York). This is his first solo exhibition in London.