09/02/2023 - 25/03/2023
Contemporary - Sculpture & Video
George Henry Longly - Microgravity
Presenting a new body of work including sculptural collages and video, the exhibition expresses the artist’s interest for life in space, its physical and emotional effects, as well as its representations in popular culture. Here, the artworks are composite assemblages of various materials such as marble, glass, aluminum and wood, in which Longly weaves multiple references ranging from NASA imagery, science fiction and horror film posters to Flintstones characters and moonscape paintings.
Microgravity – ‘the condition in which people or objects appear to be weightless’, according to NASA’s website – is responsible for metabolic and behavioural changes for space travelers, affecting the composition of their microbiome. Taking inspiration from the model of animal-bacteria symbiosis to think about the intimate relationships between countless microscopic elements within a single body, Longly looks at the tiny grips that hold us – and the universe – together, elaborating artworks that play with the imbrication of scales.
Throughout the exhibition, the artist invites us to reflect on our own relationship to space – whether scientific or fictional – and on the meaning of such projections: a quest for self – as both individual and species – across scales of existence.
Cambridge Heath 12a Vyner St, E2 9DG