Twinkling in Every Lung

2 May 2008 – 10 May 2008

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daily 12 - 18

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Lorem Ipsum Gallery

London, United Kingdom


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Twinkling in Every Lung


Twinkling in Every Lung 1/5 — 10/5 2008 Open daily from 12 — 6pm, or by appointment Private view: Thursday 1/5 — 2008, 6 — 9pm with musician Gareth Jones playing Kate William's Glass Trombone Lorem Ipsum Gallery is pleased to present Twinkling in Every Lung, an innovative exploration on the theme of breath, human and atmospheric, by welsh artist: Kate Williams. Kate Williams' work revolves around the theme of breathing, the forms that it takes and creates and the paths that it travels. Juxtaposing materials such as glass, ethereal gases, neon and argon: the composites of the air we breathe and a wide variety of light sources, Williams creates transparent representations out of glass to stand in for the real, acting as channels or vessels for human or earthly breath. In Cloud/Sky Breath, hundreds of tiny blown glass droplets, each containing a small quantity of water, are suspended from the ceiling on fibre optic threads forming a cloud like shape. The fibre optic threads transport light straight into the droplets giving them a powerful, almost supernatural glow. Williams' glass cloud acts as an indicator for the action of the land breathing. For Dounreay Nuclear Power Station Williams has created a miniature version of the Dounreay nuclear power station in the fluorescent material Uranium Glass. Lit up from below by ultra violet light the uranium enriched green day glow model radiates menacingly as if on the verge of exploding, thereby threatening to pollute the air with what resonates deep in our psyche as a mass destructive radioactivity. Dounreay Nuclear Power Station is from an extensive collaborative series of models of well-known nuclear power stations both real and fictitious. Made with British artist John Lloyd, the series was created for East international 2006. For the piece Instrument Williams has had a glass blower breath life — so to speak - into a transparent glass trombone that actually works. When, as on the exhibited documentation, played by trombonist Gareth Jones the transparent wind instrument makes visible the magical process that turns the air into music. The instrument slowly fills up with condensation bearing witness to the presence of the human breath. For the piece The Void Brightening Williams has programmed a series of red neon light rings set into a black infinity box to slowly turn on and off in accordance with the pace of the human breath. The red neon gas inside the clear glass tubing slowly lights up and disappears in a seeming eternity. Kate Williams graduated from Wolverhampton University with a Bachelor Degree in Glass Design in 1993. Recent exhibitions include the short list for the Bombay Sapphire Prize in Milan 2008, the ‘Summer Exhibition', at the Royal Academy of Arts London, 2007 and ‘Weather Report', at The Gallery, Adventure Ecology, London, 2007. Williams' work is held in public collections such as the National Museum of Scotland and Northlands Creative Glass. With thanks to: Gareth Jones, Dixons Glass, Chemglass & Neon Circus.

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