Claude Heath | IN AERE AEDIFICARE BUILT IN THE AIR
We are pleased to announce the first exhibition by the British artist
Claude Heath in the Galerie für Zeichnung.
9 September 29 October
Opening: 9.9. 2005 from 7 pm
Claude Heath was born in London in 1964. Prior to his career as a visual artist he studied philosophy at King's College.
He has been concerned for many years with the artistic analysis of perception in general and the correlation between spatial experience, tactility and drawing processes in particular, and has created a large number of blind drawings of objects (plants, sculptures and other items) made out by touch.
Heath has now entered a new media terrain, while retaining the practice of drawing. He has become interested in the possibilities of animated three-dimensional drawing in virtual space. Taking map material and stereoscopic photographs as his starting point, and with the aid of a computer programme "on holiday from mathematics," Heath's most recent work a video projection explores galaxies, texts in various languages and landscapes.
Heath has borrowed from St Augustine for the exhibition's title, "Built in the Air" with its evocation of the proverbial "castles in the air" to indicate his inhabitation of that most insubstantial of elements. The certainties of the natural-historical way of interpreting the world, and the one correct perspective standpoint, have long since vanished (at the very latest with Cezanne and the consequences of cubism). But seeing and perceiving, according to Heath, remain a problem whether in the light of the glut of pop-cultural everyday images, or the high-tech telescopic gaze into other universes or upon Ben Nevis, Scotland's highest mountain, whose name, aptly translated from the Gaelic, means "mountain with its head in the clouds."
Claude Heath has exhibited in numerous international galleries (including Hales, Saatchi, Whitechapel in London, and Klagsbrun and Kasmin in New York).
His drawings were most recently seen at the widely noticed exhibition in Baden Baden Gegen den Strich.
Works by Claude Heath are contained in the following collections:
Arts Council Collection
Hayward Gallery, London
The British Museum, London
Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt am Main
Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Supported by the BRITISH COUNCIL
by Edinburgh College of Art, Research Department/ Tacitus project. Leeds University, School of Computing/ Spatiality in Design, with AHRB/EPSRC.
We will be participating in this year's first edition of Preview Berlin - The Emerging Art Fair
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