Preview: 17 January, 6-8pm
Exhibition dates: 18 January – 17 March 2019
Dan Holdsworth’s series of apparently abstract photographs are strange, alluring portraits of ‘objects‘ that exist “in simultaneous symmetry
within the virtual and the real”. They make vivid the ‘objects‘ that we now know the world through, but never really see.
In the 21st century, almost the whole world has been thoroughly mapped and made knowable as digital GPS points.
At the same time, almost all photographs are created as data, being made visible on our phones, computers and televisions
only as millions of individual red, green and blue pixels that magically coalesce into an image.
Each work here is a portrait of a solitary point in space from data compiled by the United States Geological Survey. The points are part of their
map of the astonishing Crater Lake National Park. As if with a microscope, Holdsworth has zoomed into each point in virtual space until it
becomes the scale of a human being or machine.
Holdsworth’s work is akin to a 21st century equivalent of William Blake‘s desire to ‘see the world in a grain of sand‘. Here, we
experience the sublime space of nature only through screens, as pure RGB colour and light.
The project is accompanied by both a book about the series and a major monograph surveying Holdsworth’s career.
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