Grundy Art Gallery
Queen Street, Blackpool, FY1 1PU. Tel: +44 (0)1253 478 170
20 January – 14 April 2018
Terraforma is a solo exhibition by Blackpool-based artist and educationalist Adrian Pritchard. Brought together for the first time as a single body of work, the paintings that make up this exhibition explore the artist’s ongoing interest in physics, space exploration and the fluidity and flexibility of paint as a medium.
Deeply rooted in and inspired by his ongoing research into extrasolar planets (Exoplanets), the paintings that make up Terraforma demonstrate the scientific approach that the artist takes to his work. Pouring resins and metallic pigments onto rounded discs, the artist physically manipulates the paint by tipping and turning it. Over time, and as a result of chemistry and gravity, the materials then settle into their own shapes and patterns creating multi-layered compositions that reference the dynamic and ever-changing surface of planets.
With its domed ceiling, the Rotunda gallery adds to the themes of the exhibition by providing an observatory-like atmosphere to the space.
A talk and viewing with the artist and curator will take place at the Grundy Art Gallery on Saturday 24th February from 3pm - 5pm.
Grundy Art Gallery is supported by Blackpool Council and also receives regular funding as one of Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisations.
Please note: Adrian Prtichard's Terra Forma is on display in the Grundy's Rotunda Gallery space, located on the first floor and only accessible by stairs. Grundy apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.
OPENING HOURS: 10-5PM TUES-SAT. CLOSED SUNDAYS AND MONDAYS. FREE ADMISSION
Set in the confines of the magnificent gallery at Blackpool & The Fylde College. This exhibition showcased re-discovered paintings many of which had never been seen before along side new works and old favourites.
Adrian Pritchard Retrospective:
20 Years of Painting 1997-2017
25th September - 17th November 2017
This exhibition was a reflection of key developments focused on the artists primary subject of painting over the past 20 years.
For a number of years Adrian has been producing precipitated paintings, using the forces of gravity to channel the paint over canvases and objects. He has created numerous puddle paintings, which vary from the tactile and sumptuous to the smooth and fluid born out of the use of the tensions between different painting mediums.
Fundamentally Adrian is a contemporary artist, whose work explores the materiality of his medium, allowing the paint to create its own shapes and patterns through gravity and time. Adrian has a deep rooted interest in physics and therefore has a scientific approach to his art, which culminates in his creative use of geometric patterns combined with free flowing fluids. His work has always been a play between ordered and disordered states.
The Thin Veil
Tanner Street, SE1 3PL, London
Kinetica will mark its 10 year legacy as a leading platform for international new media art with an anniversary show featuring an experiential exhibition of performative and immersive artworks and a programme of mind-blowing holographic performances.
Adrian Pritchard's Award Winning Gloop Tower One will be on display.
Gloop Tower One is a kinetic live evolving installation which uses time, gravity and a viscous substance known as gloop.
The rainbow colours of gloop are placed in a revolving tube which then spreads the viscous material over a net which hooks the gloop making it fall randomly into thin veils of strings that snap, bounce or coil in the air before slowly sinking to the floor where an accumulation builds up that ebbs and flows slowly like molten lava.
The patterns and formations change due to the subtle differences in humidity and temperature and the movement of the mixture. The resulting work is something strangely organic yet artificial contextualised within the apparatus space
Full line-up of artists:
Analema Group - Adrian Pritchard - Philipp Artus - Lauren Baker - Martin Bricelj Baraga - Gregory Barsamian - Jenny Bennett - Ivan Black - Balint Bolygo Lucio Cavalleri - D-Fuse - Paul Friedlander - Jose Manuel Gonzalez - Dianne Harris - Holotronica - Scottie Chih-Chieh Huang - Jonty Hurwitz - Antal Kalle - Kimatica - Hans Kotter - Ray Lee - Chris Levine -Tim Lewis - Jiayu Liu - Andy Lomas – MDH Hologram – Andras Mengyan - Oblak & Novak - Delphin Ortiz - Jon Pigott - Shama Rahman - Stanza - Lionel Stocard - Trope Scope - UBIK Teatro – Tom Wilkinson
The exhibition, entitled The Thin Veil will focus on what is real, perceived or imagined. Invisible realms will be explored to create an awe-inspiring and engaging experience. The exhibition will feature 35 artists from more than 10 countries with over 50 performative artworks as well as a programme of live performances and events.
Down by the
Friday 1st & Sat 2nd June 2018
Down By The Riverside is a Unique Festival set on the banks of the River Wyre in the beautiful heartland of Bowland, the ancient hunting ground of the Kings. We deliver all the usual festival goodies with Live Music Stages, DJ’s, Craft Ales, Cocktails, Foods from around the world, Funfairs, Activities, Workshops, camping & Glamping, but what sets us apart is our stunning Outdoor Theatre & Riverside beach with Mermaid.
Adrian Pritchard will be conducting Gloop (PVA SLIME) workshops though out the day on the 2nd of June
For more than ten years Adrian has been touring Science Festivals, Museums and Art Galleries conducting visual and tactile experiments with young people in order to teach scientific methods with viscous materials.
Students are invited to make substances called Gloop . The Gloop is a mixture of PVA (polyvinyl acetate) and Borax (Sodium Borate). When combined with water the borax reacts with the glue molecules binding the polymers together to make a substance a bit like putty which you can squish in your hands and even bounce.
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"Gloop Tower One" This Installation explores the artist’s ongoing interest in physics and fluidity with liquid based mediums.
In this case the medium is called Gloop or PVA Slime. Gloop itself is made from a salt crystal called Sodium Borate which when dissolved in water interacts with silicone polymers in PVA glue. This creates a non stick putty substance which stretches and moves like liquid only in slow motion.
Adrian creates sections of primary colours by using food colouring; the gloop is then placed in a revolving tube which spins at 2RPM then stops and starts every 15 minuets. This then spreads the viscous material over a net making it fall randomly yet evenly. The patterns and formations change over time due to the subtle differences in humidity and temperature. The resulting work is a performance of something strangely organic yet artificial.
Gloop Tower One was awarded the Visitors Choice at the Neo Art Prize in 2013 and since then it has exhibited widely all over the UK as part of science fairs and art exhibitions.
Lancashire Science Festival
Saturday 30 June - Workshops Programme
Glooptastic ( Gloop PVA Slime workshops )
The title of the show "Inertia" is based on Newton's first law of motion which describes the movement of objects and how they are affected by applied forces. It describes the resistance in objects and their change in direction and speed.
With both Adrian's and Michaels work we can see a play with motion and performance allowing the paint to be itself as marks are often made via motions of drag and gravity. In Michaels' case he drags the paint neatly twisting and turning to create snake like patterns or tracks that leave a trace event; the work is then juxtaposed from playful individual pieces into a complete random picture. This comes from Michael's fascination with rainbows, mirrored opposites and symmetrical properties.
Adrian physically manipulates the paint by tipping and turning the surfaces allowing the paint to find its own channels under the pull of gravity. Over time the materials then settle into their own shapes and patterns creating multi-layered compositions that reference the dynamic and ever-changing forces of nature. Metallic and translucent pigments are often used to give a sensation of depth and reflect light within a chosen space.
The Osmosis Machine
@ The Grange 28th-31st August 2018
Bathurst Avenue, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 7RW
"The Osmosis Machine" is a live dripping slime tower. It’s the brainchild of Blackpool science artist Adrian Pritchard who developed the work with a focus on making the arts and sciences more accessible and fun for young people. The Installation has now returned from a UK tour to its home town of Blackpool after several years and during this summer Adrian has actively been teaching the kids of Grange Park how to make slime safely.
This particular Installation explores the artist’s ongoing interest in physics and fluidity with liquid based mediums. Adrian creates sections of primary colours by using food colouring; the slime is then placed in a large revolving tube which spins at 1RPM then stops and starts every 15 minuets. This then spreads the viscous material over a net making it stretch and drip eight feet or so randomly. The patterns and formations change over time due to the subtle differences in humidity and temperature. The resulting work is a performance of something strangely organic yet artificial.
The Grange is run by Groundwork on behalf of Blackpool Council and offers opportunities for local residents to learn new skills, meet new people and improve their health and wellbeing.