CREATIVITY AND CURIOSITY: A COLLABORATION BETWEEN ARTISTS AND ASTRONOMERS 

8 Feb – 14 Mar 2020

Creativity and Curiosity is an established art/science project led by contemporary artists Gillian McFarland SSA and Ione Parkin RWA. For this exhibition, opening at An Lanntair as part of the Hebridean Dark Skies Festival, they will show a selection of the artwork created through their on-going collaborations with astrophysicists, cosmologists and planetary geologists.

Gillian and Ione are also teaming up with An Lanntair to curate A Day of Creativity and Curiosity, a day of collaborations and conversations between artists and astronomers on Saturday 8 February.

Ione Parkin’s large-scale abstract paintings express her fascination about the early formation of the universe; massive clouds of cosmic dust and gas; vast webs of colour and shimmering light; luminous visions of immensity. Her richly textured mixed-media works on paper are inspired by planetary surfaces, extremes of temperature and geological process. They resemble samples of the undiscovered terrain of distant moons.

Gillian McFarland collaborates with the glass-blower, Graeme Hawes, using experimental techniques to produce multiple ‘space globes’ that echo ideas of rotation, expansion and contraction. She works with extreme heat and the raw materials of silica, nitrates and UV-sensitive uranium glass. Her collagraph rust prints and punctured paper works explore orbit tracking across otherwise untouched space.

This exhibition includes the work of contemporary book artist, Kate Bernstein, who has joined the C&C project for Research Visits to the Royal Astronomical Society’s collection.