Andrew Carnie Visual ArtistPresentation Transcript
Andrew CarnieIs an artist and academic. He is currently part of the teaching team in Fine Arts at Winchester School ofArt, University of Southampton, England. He was born in 1957. He studied chemistry and painting atWarren Wilson College, North Carolina, then zoology and psychology at Durham University, beforestarting and finishing a degree in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, London. Andrew then completed hisMasters degree in the Painting School, at the Royal College of Art. He has continued as a practising artistever since. In2003 he was the Picker Fellow at Kingston University.His artistic practice often involves a meaningful interaction with scientists in different fields as an earlystage in the development of his work. There are also other works that are self-generated and developfrom pertinent ideas out side science. The work is often time-based in nature, involving 35mm slideprojection using dissolve systems or video projection onto complex screen configurations. In a darkenedspace layered images appear and disappear on suspended screens, the developing display absorbing theviewer into an expanded sense of space and time through the slowly unfolding narratives that evolvebefore them.His work has been exhibited at the Science Museum, London, the Natural History Museum, Rotterdam,the Design Museum, Zurich, at Amnesty International Headquarters London, at the School of Hygiene andTropical Medicine, London and Exit Art, in New York, the Williams College Museum of Art, and the GreatNorth Museum, Newcastle. He regularly exhibits with GV Art in London. A new static version of MagicForest has been installed at the Wellcome Trust headquarters, London. His work is represented incollections in England, Germany, and America.Increasingly he talks about his collaborations with scientists and recently he was a keynote speaker at theSLSA, Society of Literature Science and the Arts, conference in Amsterdam, and completed a web radioshow for PS 1 in New York.
early biological work
Magic Forest. 2002.Was made for the exhibition Head On in 2002, a show at the Science Museum on neurologyand the brain. The work was produced in collaboration with Wellcome Foundation. The finalwork is a dream-like journey through a sea of developing neurones, expanding and expandingin number. The work was dependent on research about the Spanish anatomist SantiagoRamon Y Cahal and on the contemporary work of Dr Richard Wingate of the Medical ResearchCentre for Developmental Neurobiology, Kings College, London. Magic Forest was shown atthe Science Museum in March 2002, at the Rotterdam Film Festival, Rotterdam, Holland, 2003and at the Natuurmuseum, Rotterdam, a show called Mensbeeld, in 2004, in Simply Complexat the Design Museum in Zurich in 2005, and in Neuroculture, at the Westport Art Centre,Connecticut, USA in 2006. Two articles have appeared in the journal Nature about MagicForest. A static version of the time-based piece is now based at the Wellcome TrustHeadquarters, London.
Disperse. 2002.A dissolve work made for the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London,in 2002. Ostensibly Disperse is a work that explores the hygiene aspects of thedisposal of the body after death through various cultural forms of burial, fromcremation to burial at sea. More though, it relates to thoughts about the departureof the human body at death. The work looks at processes of how the body mightbe physically dispersed; be rendered back to atomic particles. This work wasshown later at the Headquarters of Amnesty International, London, at theWinchester Gallery, Winchester and at Kingston University during the Drawingconference of 2005.
451. 2004.Is a panoramic work over six meters wide and two and half meters tall. It is a slide-dissolve work where a panoply of household objects, from tables and chairs to a roastjoint, from a suitcase to a car, appear on the screen and then gradually disappear inflames as they fall from top to bottom. The images are projected from front and thenfrom the back by four projectors, two each side. The slides fall on layered screensbetween the projectors, one image coming from one end and then the next arisingfrom the other as the first image falls away. 451 was first shown at the WinchesterGallery 2004, this was the first chance to show a collection of time-based slidedissolve works based on the transitory and cyclic life of objects and the body. Alsoexhibited were the works Disperse and Calcium Caving.
we are where we are
WAWWA. 2006.With Arts Council Funding and linked with neuro-architects and scientists the work WeAre Where We Are was developed for the Space, Architecture and the Mindconference March 2006, part of Art and Mind, www.artandmind.org. The work, anexamination of the architecture of the body, is projected by eight slide projectors ontoa square of voile screens. The piece can be viewed from inside or outside the square.Through a sequence of slides, the various systems and component structures of thebody come and go on a gigantic scale and walking figures come and go through thebody forms created. Prints from the work were exhibited in the London Print StudioGallery in 2006.