Following the closure of Londonewcastles original project space in Shoreditch, after a successful eight years, the new and more intimate Gallery 46 has opened in Summer 2016.
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Gallery 46 in Whitechapel is our new sister gallery to be used as Londonewcastle Project Space. The new space, established through the partnership of Martin J Tickner and Sean McLusky and Fruitmachine founders, Martin Bell & Wai Hung Young breaks fresh ground for the open-source, non-conformist curatorial approach Tickner and McLusky employed at their (rightly) notorious MEN Gallery, in Shoreditch.Housed in a pair of newly renovated Georgian houses in the grounds of Whitechapel Hospital, GALLERY 46 is set over 3 floors and 8 rooms and is a kaleidoscopic addition to Whitechapel’s burgeoning gallery scene and close by its artistic...→
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Jeff Robb’s solo exhibition, ‘Three Acts of Will’ is the first ever exhibition for holographic sculpture, an entirely new 21st century art form invented by the British artist.
Robb’s innovative concept of holographic sculpture combines cutting-edge 3D image-making and sculptural form. ‘Three Acts of Will’ is a true world first; a culmination of the artist’s longstanding experiments in 3D combined with interactive lighting and 4D ambisonic sound.
Visually, the interactive nature of Robb’s 3D work makes it very hard to represent the experience in 2D; adding a tangible sense to one’s physical enjoyment of spending time with the work.
The sound, created and designed by sound technician John Was, has emerged from a new creative process coined as ‘Dimensional Composition’, a technique developed specifically for use with installation art-works.
Developed to only be triggered live, subtle variations make each listening encounter unique. Was will play live sound throughout the duration of the exhibition, meaning each individual experience of the show will be completely unique.
The exhibition comprises of three large scale interactive and immersive 3D sculptural installations, described by Robb as ‘Acts’. Each room has its own theme with the final room concluding the show with a multi-sensual, moving and thought-provoking piece featuring Robb’s own daily recordings of his son from birth.
Jeff Robb *“The Three Acts examine human action from three different perspectives: as idea; as physical intervention; and as effect. Each Act is a manifestation of the power of the human will.”*
**‘Three Acts of Will’**
**ACT I: ‘Genius Loci’**
‘Act I’ considers action as a function of thought. This installation is conceived to resonate with the very seat of our emotions and character; our soul. Here, Robb combines interplay of colour, form and spatial relationships with images of neural networks, a truly probing visual exploration of the landscape of the mind. Robb’s new sculptural language dissects, pulls and re-imagines space, forming new spaces which beguile and confuse, but which are at the same time beautiful and immersive. Each structure’s double membrane permits ephemeral boundaries between layers of meaning. The three-sided forms represent a geometric platonic trinity; at once individual, yet bound by relationship and memory.
**ACT II: Liminal States**
‘Act II’ considers the translation of an ephemeral idea into material reality. Images of the female body, one motionless, others in motion, are combined – ethereal and solid figures that fracture and flit in and out of existence. The cyclic, multi-dimensional, dance-like movements of the nudes are echoed by those of the viewer, walking around and between them. Innovative, interactive lighting adds an aspect of performance to this work, where the images speak to each other of feminine beauty and allusions to motherhood. The sound composition features the poetry of Pele Cox interwoven with music and abstract soundscapes, creating a contemporary concertino for voice.
**ACT III: Coming Into Being**
‘Act III’ considers an act in its ultimate form: as effect, where our actions take on lives of their own. ‘Coming into Being’ documents the ultimate result of human action – a child coming into being. A monumental three-dimensional sculpture of holographic panels forms a centrepiece to a unique audio experience. Tracing an evolution of identity and personality expressed in sound, and fashioned from recordings of a child from birth and gathered each day over years, this piece documents the coalescence of prosody (rhythm and intonation) and meaning into speech. Allowed a privileged glimpse of the evolving awareness and identity of Thomas, a young boy, within the installation, we stand amidst this transformation and observe the emergence of a new voice in the world.
*“The power of speech bestows upon us an abstract means to change the world and the people in it. Each new voice creates an inevitable shift in the future trajectory of us and our world: with each voice, a new future. Perhaps every new voice deserves a monument to its arrival.”* Jeff Robb
**About the Artists**
**Jeffrey Robb BSc MA (RCA) ARPS FRSA:** Jeff Robb is a visual artist working with holography, photography, film and video to produce three-dimensional images and installations. He is a pioneer of lenticular photography used in a fine art context. His work examines a liminal state between the conscious and unconscious, the known and unknown, and how the forces of nature interact with the human psyche. He is a Darwin Scholar from the Royal College of Art and has an honours degree in science. He is represented by Mauger Modern Art worldwide and his work is held in the permanent collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and the Getty Museum, Los Angeles and in the private collections of some of the world’s top art collectors.
**John Was** is a composer and musicologist. His work often takes the form of collaborative dynamic audio-visual pieces, with powerful emotive undercurrents. Inspired by the relationship of ancient monuments with their environmental settings, he has recently turned his attention to the creation of audio installations where sound melds with architecture and light to produce a living, undulating 'genius loci' (spirit of place). John has a PhD in Behavioural Musicology. His knowledge of psychology and neuroscience of audition and aesthetic judgement bring an extra dimension to his artistic vision. His long-term quest is the development of new compositional theory and practice.
**Pele Cox** was the founding Poet in Residence at the Royal Academy of Arts between 2011 and 2012 and former Poet in Residence at Tate Modern
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