Marilène Oliver at the Bluecoat

Extraordinary work by Marilene Oliver, part of The Negligent Eye @the Bluecoat .

While we were in Liverpool on Friday afternoon we called into the Bluecoat Gallery to have a look at their latest exhibition. Concentrating on  contemporary works their exhibitions are often challenging and the works they show are not always to my taste . But they always make you think. Which is what contemporary art is about.

The current exhibition – "the Negligent Eye" featured prints, or print type works, in most cases produced using new technologies such as 3d printing, photocopying, sonar scanning, computer modelling and other techniques. We found it very interesting.

I particularly liked a couple of sculptures by Marilène Oliver an English artist who lives in Brazil, produced using medical imaging technology. One, Durga, was a figures with 8 arms suspended from the ceiling made from plastic slices reproducing images from a CT scanner. Durga is a Hindu goddess with 10 arms so Marilène’s version is missing a couple! One of the gallery guides told us that the sculpture is a composite of scans from several people so the arms are all different.

The work I particularly liked was Family Portrait – reproductions of her parents produced from MIR scans. Images of "slices" across their bodies were printed onto plastic sheets that were assembled to produce an intriguing, ghostly, 3D image. And what you saw. Depended to some extent on the viewing angle.

Having experienced going through both a CT and MIR scanner on several occasions it was interesting to see these techniques used for artistic purposes. It’s good to see experimentation with technologies to produce new forms of art.


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