"Paterson's work is brilliantly thoughtful, not just within its own context, but also the imaginative journey it takes the open-minded viewer on, into an appreciation of their place within the universe."
“Katie Paterson grapples with some of the biggest ideas in cosmology and deep time and offers up work which makes them more understandable, whether that’s on a beach or in a gallery”
We’re delighted to be able to extend the run of the sixth and final exhibition in the NOW series. This exhibition focuses on the theme of time and highlights the work of Scottish artist Katie Paterson (b.1981). Born in Glasgow, and a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art and Slade School of Fine Art, London, Paterson is considered one of the leading artists of her generation. Her works are the result of long periods of research and involve collaboration with specialists in scientific and other fields in order to translate complex ideas into physical, often poetic works of art.
Paterson’s work explores deep time, the cosmos, and the place of humans in relation to these phenomena – ideas that have been central to the artist’s work for more than a decade. Among the works featured are Paterson’s mesmerising installation Totality (2016), a large-scale mirror ball featuring almost all known images of solar eclipses captured by humankind, and Light Bulb to Simulate Moonlight (2008), held in National Galleries of Scotland’s collection, which provides a lifetime’s supply of moonlight.
Time appears as both a subject and a process of making in works by three further artists: Darren Almond, Shona Macnaughton and Lucy Raven.
Please note that to ensure we can meet necessary health and safety requirements, two rooms in the NOW exhibition are closed: Room 5 featuring Katie Paterson’s film Future Library: A Century Unfolds, 2019 and the exhibition Resource Room. Paterson’s film can be viewed below.
Darren Almond is a British Artist who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2005. NOW includes six works from his evocative series Fullmoon, long exposure photographs made by the light of the full moon. Time is a central aspect of the creation and subject of these ethereal works.
Shona Macnaughton is an artist based in Glasgow whose work Progressive 2017 brings together a script, photographic documentation and props from a performance she made in the east end of Glasgow in 2017. Performed when Macnaughton was nine-months pregnant, the work responds to the politics of change embedded in regeneration projects, as well as the changing nature of the pregnant body.
American artist Lucy Raven uses animation and moving image in her work, often incorporating different media including still photography, installation, sound and performative lectures. In her short, four-minute video work The Deccan Trap, 2015, Raven animates collaged photographic images to explore image-making through time in urban and rural sites in India.
The NOW programme has been made possible thanks to the support of the NGS Foundation, Kent and Vicki Logan, Walter Scott and Partners Limited, Robert and Nicky Wilson, Boris Yeung and Amy Ng, and other donors who wish to remain anonymous. Katie Paterson’s presentation is generously supported by the Katie Paterson Exhibition Circle (Robert Devereux, Geoff Ainsworth and Johanna Featherstone, Francis H Williams, Alistair and Susan Duff, Anthony and Jean Harrison and Chris O’Hare), and Ingleby Gallery.
Image: Katie Paterson, Totality, 2016. Photo © Ben Blackall, 2016 Courtesy of the Lowry.
Future Library: A Century Unfolds
This film tells the story of Scottish artist Katie Paterson’s expansive, 100-year artwork, Future Library, based in Oslo, and brings together the artist and the many collaborators who have made it possible.
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