Exhibition: The Potato Eaters Discover Cold Fusion
This exhibition links the formal similarities between Van Gogh’s early and haunting masterpiece and found images of a control room of an experimental nuclear reactor. The artist uses these images as a catalyst for this large-scale painting exhibition.
Launch event: Wednesday 12 March 2014, 6 pm - 8 pm, to attend please email to confirm your attendance.
This exhibition is hosted by Bonington Gallery.
- From: Wednesday 12 March 2014, 12 am
- To: Friday 28 March 2014, 12 am
- Location: Bonington building, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LS
An exhibition by Sean Cummins
The exhibition title juxtaposes Van Gogh's agrarian meal with the utopian promise of cheap nuclear energy anticipated in the 1960's.
Cummins has used the formal similarities between Van Gogh's early and haunting masterpiece and a found image from 1963, depicting a control room of an experimental nuclear reactor called Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor (SGHWR). Cummins uses this image as a catalyst for an exhibition of paintings.
However, the poor protagonists in Van Gogh's day are a world apart from the futuristic and utopian ideals of a nuclear power program. Cummins explores the notion of 'Cold Fusion', a hypothetical type of nuclear reaction that would occur around room temperature, raising hopes of a cheap and abundant source of energy.
These utopian and ultimately impossible ideals are not too dissimilar to the trajectory and failings of western painting, Cummins very knowingly plays on paintings history and process, his images aspire to a collapse of space and time.
Wednesday 12 March 2014, 6 pm - 8 pm, to attend please email to confirm your attendance.
This exhibition is curated and hosted by Bonington Gallery.