31.01.13 Alistair McClymont - 'Everything we are capable of seeing', solo show at CAM Raleigh

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Alistair McClymont
‘Everything we are capable of seeing’

A solo show at CAM Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
1st February – 28th April 2013

McClymont’s practice incorporates a range of materials and practices that include sculpture, photography and video. His most recent works reproduce natural phenomena as a means of exploring scientific and philosophical ideas. The means of production and installation of the work often reveals the science behind it. At the same time, it acknowledges that there is something inherently unknowable and uncontrollable about the way in which naturally or artificially induced phenomena behave that is capable of inducing awe and wonder.

Works planned for the exhibition include several large inflated steel forms that demonstrate the effect of changing air pressure upon a sealed form, and a tornado produced using a humidifier and fans strapped to a simple scaffolding structure. The title of the exhibition is borrowed from the eponymous artwork Everything we are capable of seeing, McClymont’s nighttime rainbow. The colors produced by this installation represent every hue that a human being is capable of seeing. McClymont made this work in riposte to the poem Lamia by Keats, to demonstrate that knowledge of optics and of the relationships between visible light and color does not “unweave a rainbow” or undermine the sense of wonder and awe it can affect. Other works pick up on this epistemological theme and seek to demonstrate a connection with knowledge, process and beauty.

For more information visit CAMRaleigh.