Keith Brown is one of the foremost digital sculptors currently working in Europe. He has made regular representations at an international level as a contributor to, and organiser of, symposia, and exhibitions, in electronic and digital art. He has done much to encourage and support digital art at a national and international level, with assistance from the Arts Council of England, Manchester City Council, and MMU. He has gained international acclaim as a pioneer and leader in his field. Recent venues have been as broad and diverse as 5th Beijing International Art Biennale, National Art Museum of China 2011; Agents of the 3D Revolution, University of Johannesburg Gallery, South Africa 2013; TCT + Personalise, NEC, Birmingham; World Design Capital 2014 V&A Waterfront Gallery, Cape Town SA; Irish Design, Dublin Castle, Ireland 2015; CES 2016 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Solid Works World 2016, Dallas, Texas, USA. SIGGRAPH Asia Art Gallery 2016, Macau, China.
A postgraduate student at the Royal College of Art 1972-75, for the past thirty years he has directed his research and practice from within the digital arena. His work embraces a wide range of digital media, including, 2D, 3D, 4D, time-based installation and video animation.
Annie Cattrell was born in Glasgow and studied art at Glasgow School of Art, University of Ulster and at the Royal College of Art. She is Reader in Fine Art and Fine Art and Photography Research Group Leader at DMU and teaches at the RCA.
Her artworks have been shown widely nationally and internationally including: Medicine and Art (imaging the future for life and love) Mori Museum, Tokyo; Out of the Ordinary at the V and A in London; Hybrid, MIC Auckland; Not Nothing, curated by MUKA, Antwerp; Invisible Worlds at Freiburg Kunstverein, Germany; The Body, Art and Science, National Museum in Stockholm; Einfach Complex at Museum Gestaltung in Zurich; Paper Cuts, Fredericke Taylor Gallery, New York.
Cattrell’s practice is often informed by working with specialists in neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science. This cross-disciplinary approach has enabled her to learn about cutting edge research and in depth information in these fields. She is particularly interested in the parallels and connections that can be drawn within these approaches in both art and science.
Bruce Gernand has been working with 3D computer modelling for some years. The concern is always to embody these virtual explorations in sculptural form. This method of working is a kind of subject matter reflecting the all pervasive digital technology haunting our lives but which is grounded in the material world. This journey involves working with abstract forms, representations of the architectural, and zoological references of transformation.
Formerly head of sculpture at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Gernand continued an academic connection through a Senior Research Fellowship. He has been in receipt of numerous awards including a Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, several artist in residencies at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Holland, and an AHRC award supporting work with the Natural History Museum and the Cambridge Computer Lab titled Coded Chimera: exploring relationships between sculptural form making and biological morphogenesis through computer modelling. Bruce continues to work in his studio in Norfolk.
James Hutchinson was born in 1968 in London. He graduated in Painting from Chelsea College of Art and Design (1990) and in Fine Art Printmaking from the Royal College of Art (1998). He is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Sunderland. His practice has expanded to embrace a wide variety of media. He runs a studio in Whitley bay, has ongoing: painting, animation, 3d computer modeling, print, proggy mats and photographic projects, has worked with architects on regeneration projects for Ouseburn (Newcastle) and Roker and Seaham (Sunderland). He has collaborated on sound and performance works as one half of H+M and is a member of the space/socialspace research group.
His work has been exhibited in Ny Space Manchester,The Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern UniversityTexas, the India Habitat Centre Delhi,Times Square NewYork, BildMuseet, Umeå University, Sweden; Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco; Gare de Metz (salons d’honneur), Metz, Lorraine; Cité des sciences et de l’Industrie, Paris; Berlin Liste, Germany; Unit 24 Gallery, London, and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art Gateshead.
Jon Isherwood’s most recent sculptures represent the further development of his ongoing dialogue with the associative sensations of form and surface. Forms are compressed, distorted, or squeezed, and made more intimate by subtle adjustments of scale. He does not imitate the body; however, the sensual aspect of the manipulated shape proposes physicality to the viewer even in the absence of figuration. Carved lines contour the surfaces to emphasize the form, create the illusion of expansiveness and provoke associations to patterning, layering and veiled imagery. We are invited to investigate the visual grasp of intuitive perception.
Isherwood has participated in solo and group exhibitions at venues on three continents, some of which include: C. Grimaldis Gallery, Baltimore, MD; Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Venice, Italy; Denver City Art Museum, Denver, CO; Omi Sculpture Park, Omi, NY; Kunsthalle, Manheim, Germany; Hertogenbosch, Holland; Hualien County Cultural Center, Taiwan; and many galleries in the New York City and Chicago areas.
Sumit Sarkar is a sculptor and painter working with digital and analogue techniques, taking inspiration from a variety of sources, including religious iconography, science fiction and graffiti, with recent work focusing on themes of emergence/disappearance inspired by the 3D print process. Cutting edge technology is at the forefront of Sumit’s practice and recent projects include the exploration of the use of video mapping, motion capture, virtual reality and multi material and full colour 3D print.
Sumit has exhibited in various solo and group shows, with solo exhibitions at Cornerhouse in Manchester, DLi Art Gallery in Durham, Lanternhouse in Ulverston, and the Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington Spa, with a recent residency and exhibition at the Colombo Art Biennale in Sri Lanka. He has directed public collaborative art projects in Shetland with UZ Arts, in Exeter with Mischief La Bas and in Finland with Spearfish. Sumit also works as a designer, curator and workshop leader.