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03 Mar 2014 - 11 Apr 2014

Gallery North presents PAINTING THE PIXEL Exhibition and Artists' Talk

Public Preview and Artists' Talk Tuesday 4 March 2014
Artists' Talk: 4 - 6pm
Preview: 6pm - 8pm
Exhibition: 3 March - 11 April 2014, weekdays 10am - 4pm

Exhibiting Artists:
Andrea Champlin, Joy Garnett, Paul Goodfellow, Dan Hays, Rachel Lancaster, Cara Nahaul, Daksha Patel, Rachel Sharp and Jo Wilmot

PAINTING THE PIXEL includes the work of nine international artists who are navigating the inherent paradoxes between the computer's immaterial, encoded matrix and the handmade. The exhibition investigates how digital technology is used as a conceptual tool in painting, how the virtual 'non-space' is reconfigured through the material presence of paint, and how the cultural currency of the image has shifted in relation to the phenomenon of the Internet. Curated by Rachel Sharp as part of her practice-led PhD research at Northumbria University. 

On Tues. 4 March, Gallery North will host a tour of the exhibition and artists' panel from 4-6 pm followed by a wine reception from 6-8 pm.
Both events are free to attend.

Additional Event:
Colour in a Digital Light
Tues. 25th March 10:00-12:00
Location: Colour Studio (Please meet at 10:00 at Gallery North)

Red is a colour with primal associations - how is this affected by the mediation of the computer screen? This workshop will explore the colour in a digital light. It will be led by Practice-led PhD researcher, Rachel Sharp, who recently curated Painting the Pixel at Gallery North. Rachel's work is based on digital images. She uses a palette knife to maximize the material qualities of the paint medium and to provide an antidote to the elusiveness of her digital source material.

This two hour workshop will begin with a brief visit to the Painting the Pixel exhibition. This will provide a chance to see first-hand how nine artists are engaging with digital colour. This will be followed by a painting session in the Colour Studio, in which students will work from images sourced online. Using a palette knife as a primary tool, students will learn approaches to colour mixing, limited palettes, and techniques for painting directly on to digital source images.

Materials List
Palette knife or painting knife. A diamond shaped, 2 to 3 inch blade is ideal.
Prepared surface (gessoed board, canvas or paper for painting) measuring 8 x 10 inches
Two colour copies of an image from the Internet in which red is the predominant colour. Please crop and print the image to 8 x 10 inches. The image should be the same size as the prepared surface.

Gallery North
Squires Building
Sandyford Road
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST