After stunning Berlin audiences and critics alike last year, UK artists United Visual Artists (UVA) are bringing their exciting new work Vanishing Point to Eastbourne.
Vanishing Point opens for the first time in the UK to Sussex audiences on 18 April 2014 at Towner’s award-winning gallery space.
Inspired by sketches of Leon Battista Alberti, Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Dürer, UVA sends lines into space from an arbitrary vanishing point, creating different volumes, divisions and rooms to be explored by the audience. Drawing upon their studies in programmable architecture, they will be developing a body of work for Towner using light, installation, print and screen.
A fascination with the physical presence of light is embedded in UVA’s work and they have explored different ways of creating a structure from light. Vanishing Point employs perspective as both a tool and visual outcome to reshape, redefine and represent a space.
Curator Sanna Moore explained how she chose UVA specifically for Towner’s impressive gallery spaces, the largest in the South East.
She says, “When I first came across UVA’s work, I was immediately impressed with the sophistication of the technology they use. Towner has large-scale gallery spaces which often require site-specific or bespoke installations to bring them to life. When considering artists for the programme, I need to consider how they will respond to the challenge of working with spaces of this scale.
“It was clear to me that Vanishing Point would create the right aesthetic to work in our exhibitions gallery, and it hadn’t been done before in the UK, which is a plus in bringing the work here. Working with the UVA team has been a fantastic experience, and I can assure you, the show will blow you away visually!”
Emma Morris, Director, Towner says: “We are delighted to bring Vanishing Point to East Sussex audiences. Their imaginative use of the latest digital, laser and light technologies pushes the boundaries of contemporary art. We’re sure this laser and light immersive experience will appeal to all ages and walks of life. Come down and enjoy!”
United Visual Artists (UVA) is an art practice that use design processes to combine a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and architecture. The studio has an open approach to collaboration, uniting diverse skills to continuously evolve new technologies and materials, which in turn suggest new artistic directions. UVA's lines of enquiry include the tension between real and synthesised experiences - the questioning of our relationship with technology, and the creation of phenomena that transcend the purely physical. In all their work, they aim to distill complexity down to its essence. Based in London, UVA was founded in 2003 by Matthew Clark, Chris Bird and Ash Nehru.
UVA’s installations consider each space an immersive environment where the visitor’s point of view plays an important role in the outcome. In High Arctic, 2011, visitors were invited to explore a vast abstracted arctic landscape made with sculptures, light and sound, in a monument to an Arctic past. Similarly, their installation Volume, the first commission for the John Madjeski Garden at the V&A Museum in 2006 transformed the space over the dark winter months. Audiences immersed themselves in a field of luminous, sound-emitting columns that responded to visitors’ movements to create an immersive, constantly shifting visual and musical experience
UVA has been commissioned by Artwise Curators, The Creators Project, La Gaite Lyrique, National Maritime Museum, Opera North, Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum and YCAM Japan. Their work has been exhibited at institutions and galleries including the South Bank Centre, the Wellcome Collection Durham and The British Library. Internationally UVA have shown in Barcelona, Beijing, Hong Kong, Melbourne, New York, Paris, São Paulo, St. Petersburg, Taipei and Tokyo. Their designs for live performance have led to commissions for venues such as the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, Serpentine Gallery and Madison Square Garden in New York. In 2007, UVA’s responsive light and sound sculpture Volume won a yellow pencil at the D&AD awards, and featured in the London Design Museum’s ‘Design of the Year’ show in 2008. Speed of Light was nominated for ‘Design of the Year’ in 2010, and High Arctic nominated in 2011. UVA were awarded a distinction for their kinetic installation Chorus at the 2010 edition of Prix Arts Electronica. In 2011, Speed of Light was awarded a Creative Review Annual and listed in the Annual as ‘Best in Book’.