The Faculty of Arts, York St John University and Bar Lane Studios present together for the first time artists Greg Bright, Tracey Holland, Luke Jerram and Frédérique Swist in a new exhibition themed around art, science and neutrality.
The show, entitled Sphere of Accuracies/Zone of Truth explores a shared interest in and fascination with the complex and often problematic relationship between art and science within the wider context of critical art practice. Thus, unlike the increasing number of shows intent on simply illustrating the perceived links between the so-called “two cultures”, Sphere of Accuracies/Zone of Truth embarks on a more challenging course that is primarily engaged with questions of truth and knowledge, presentation and representation, objectivity and neutrality rather than the often spurious parallels drawn between the aesthetic and the scientific.
The exhibition runs 5 to 31 March and presents selected artworks in various media, including light installation, digital print, painting, drawing and glasswork. For more information, please contact the gallery: Email: or visit the website
About the artists
Musician, composer, actor, painter, writer, Greg gained recognition as the world’s leading maze designer and maker, with his work published in the bestselling Fontana Maze books, and the design of the famous hedge maze at Longleat. Abandoning music composition and maze design, he moved into a period of intense academic research in the 1980s, receiving a First Class Honours Degree from Sussex in philosophy and literature, and a further First Class Degree in maths and physics. The paintings presented in this show are the product of an extraordinary engagement with art history, philosophy, mathematics and geometry. Bright lives as a virtual recluse on the English coast, devoting his time to writing a novel.
Detail from "The Going of Man", acrylic on board, 135 x 75 cm, 1995 - © Greg Bright
Based in Spike Island Studios in Bristol, Luke has gained much visibility in recent years with public art projects such as “Play me, I’m yours”, displaying over 400 pianos across cities around the world for the public to enjoy; or the “Sky Orchestra” performance artwork, involving hot air balloons with speakers attached creating a surround-sound experience. It is his series of stunning glasswork replicas of viruses that gave him wide coverage in the press and excited interest from galleries worldwide, a selection of which will be displayed in this show.
Left: "Untitled future mutation"; right: "Smallpox, HIV and Untitled" - © photographs Luke Jerram
Artist and graphic designer for the academic science publisher IOP Publishing (part of the Institute of Physics), her interest lies in the latest research in physics and the complex problems associated with the aesthetic visualisation of scientific concepts and phenomena related to extreme scale, distance and mathematical abstraction: the “end of representation”. Using the digital medium for image-making and output, her artworks have been exhibited in Bristol, London, Budapest and St Petersburg, and commissioned by the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information, University of Bristol, Aston University, and York St John University.
From Left to right: "Nanoparticle gold ring" 2008; "Quadrature nodes" 2008/09; "Atom trajectories" (2006) © Fred Swist
Special thanks to:
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