6second, An Experiment
Guest curator, artist film maker Alice Evans. This exhibition comprises of thirteen contemporary interpretations of the painting An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, Joseph Wright, 1768. A travelling scientist is shown demonstrating the formation of a vacuum by extracting the air from a bell jar containing a white cockatoo. The bird will die if the scientist continues to deprive it of oxygen, and Wright leaves us in doubt as to whether or not the creature will be spared. Here science usurps the more familiar historical and religious subjects as a source of the dramatic in painting of this time.