Karen Ingham: Wonder Chamber
10 March – 14 April 2012
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Millennium contributor Karen Ingham is set to have a solo exhibition at ffotogallery to coincide with her new book entitled Wonder Chamber which will be published by Cornerhouse
The Wunderkammer, or Wonder Chamber, is related to and at times synonymous with the Kunstkammer (art chamber) and Cabinet of Curiosity. Wonder Chamber encapsulates the interdisciplinary nature of Ingham’s practice which embraces natural history, medical science, art history, museology, theatrical spectacle and lens-based media (the notion of the chamber, or camera, to quote the Latin origins, being inscribed in photography through the camera obscura, or ‘darkened room’). In particular, Ingham is concerned with notions of layering and concealing and revealing dichotomous states through optical science and illusion. Wonder Chamber and its accompanying publication, acts as an imaginary museum bringing together many of the key works Ingham has been developing over the past few years.
Project Supported by Swansea Metropolitan University.
Ffotogallery at Turner House
Plymouth Road, Penarth CF64 3DH
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Opening times Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm
More information on the exhibition here
Karen Ingham is an artist with a keen interest in the natural sciences and how scientific ideas and processes inform contemporary image making. Wonder Chamber brings together various bodies of work produced by Ingham over the last decade in the form of “an imaginary museum with its interconnected spaces for the display of seemingly disparate and eclectic objects and artifacts”. A key element of Ingham’s practice is to play on and subvert the way objects are collected, archived and displayed in science museums, putting them in the service of contemporary art.
Alongside her exploration of earlier scientific ideas and phenomena, Ingham embraces the creative potential of digital image making technologies. By looking forward and looking back at the history of science, Ingham’s work reminds us that scientific progress relies as much on imagination and creativity as on physics and mathematics. Engaging with science, playfully mimicking and reconstructing its ideas and methods, the artist sheds light on the complex process of technical, biological and cultural formation that both shapes our futures, and defines human experience.
* Artists Karen Ingham
* Authors David Drake, Ken Arnold, Karen Ingham
* Publisher Ffotogallery
* ISBN 9781872771892
* Format softback
* Pages 68
* Illustrations 65 colour illustrations
* Dimensions 275mm x 220mm
* Weight 0g
More information on the book publication here