Highlighting under the radar arts and culture in Birmingham, UK

Seeing the Unseen

I am really impressed by Ikon‘s current show This Could Happen To You, a retrospective of the gallery in the 1970s. Works that particularly stand out for me are the beautiful screen prints of Tim Mara and a wonderful participatory piece by David Medalla which involves sewing memories, pictures, names into a long piece of fabric.

Until the beginning of September, Ikon also has an outpost in the Pallasades, near to where the gallery was located in the 1970s. The show, Seeing the Unseen, is a revisit of the 1976 exhibition of high-speed  photographs by the pioneering American scientist and photographer Dr Harold E. Edgerton (1906-1990).  Edgerton’s invention in the 1930s of a high-speed photographic process based on rapid, stroboscopic instances of light or ‘flash’ was a breakthrough in the history of photography, science, and art. Using this method, his images revealed in great detail aspects of reality otherwise invisible to the naked eye. He made great advances in reconnaissance photography during the Second World War and later became the first to photograph test explosions of atomic weapons.

The photographs break down intricate movements such as tennis players serving and swimmers diving or as the picture above illustrates, milk hitting a hard surface. Quite spectacular.

The temporary gallery space is situated next to Peacocks  in the Pallasades Shopping Centre (up the ramp, then right). The show is open Tuesday – Saturday 12-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm. The show continues until 5 September.


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This entry was posted on July 22, 2010 by in Art, Photography and tagged .
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