On a beautiful evening here in Newcastle upon Tyne last Friday, one of the hottest tickets in town was the opening of Tomás Saraceno’s 14 Billions (Working Title) at BALTIC—an event for which applications, by all accounts, were oversubscribed by two or three times…
It was a fantastic evening with an engaging discussion between the audience, Saraceno and Dr Peter Edwards from Durham University chaired by the curator, Alessandro Vincentelli.
From the accompanying literature, “Spanning some 350 cubic metres, 14 Billions (Working Title) took two years to develop and made in collaboration with arachnologists, astrophysicists, architects and engineers. The web is composed of 8000 black strings connected by over 23,000 individually tied knots….Scientists have used spiders’ webs when describing the early origin and structure of the Universe and the title ’14 Billions’ refers to the approximate known age of the Universe.”
You may have read in my previous post that I was commissioned by BALTIC to make three large pieces for the show, which look stunning in the ‘back room’, float-mounted on Dibond against black walls.
The production of these works truly tested the technological and hardware capabilities here in the studio—miniature type and hair-line vector artwork beautifully laid down onto Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308gsm.
Never before have I had such a sensation of data pouring, Matrix-style, from a printer—thousands of tags and lines on 44″ paper cascading from the machine.
More images showing the prints in production at Jack Lowe Studio can be viewed in this gallery.