30 January – 6 May 2013
From Dan Flavin’s lurid neon tubes to Ann Veronica Janssens’ hazy colour washes, 23 large-scale installations will offer visitors the first UK survey of light-based art.
Art that uses electric light was born in the 20th century, and this show offers a chance to see the milestones of the last 50 years, from the pioneers of the sixties to brand-new commissions. Many of the works sit in their own own dedicated room.
David Batchelor’s Magic Hour, which was on display in Manchester’s Pavement Gallery in 2012, is a brooding mass of gritty, urban electronica – a cable-strewn stack of found plug boards and light boxes that emits an eerie, fairground glow.
In contrast, Conrad Shawcross’s Slow Arc Inside a Cube uses a sleek, precise mechanism – a light on the end of a compact robotic arm moving inside a small metal lattice. The effect is huge: an immersive, heady rollercoaster ride over a craggy geometric landscape projected on to the walls, floor and ceiling.