Assessing astronomy and our place within the cosmos from an unexpected viewpoint is a central theme in Perfume as Practice SS19; my upcoming solo show at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London.
For the most part, this is achieved through perfumery and, specifically, comparing the intangible qualities of scent to the intangible qualities of space to see if our experiences of one inform the other. However, with the exhibition will also contain some visual work that also utilise astronomy, such as this piece, entitled Microscopium:
Microscopium comprises a set of constellations painted onto glass plates, which can then be looked at through a microscope. The piece seeks to rethink our relationship with the cosmos through placing it within the confines of a small installation, thus rendering it domestic, tangible and personal.
Perfume as Practice SS19 will run at Lumen Crypt Gallery, London, from 4th – 7th April with a Private View on 4th April from 6.30-8.30pm. Hope to see you there!
Although my forthcoming exhibition at Lumen Crypt Gallery will intrinsically involve scent, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be a few visual treats along the way and over the next few weeks I will use this blog to showcase them. As ever the overarching aim is to position perfumery within the context of contemporary art. Not only is this achieved by placing perfume directly within gallery contexts, but also by using perfumery as the subject for more established disciplines, such as drawing:
Taking direct influence from Urania’s Mirror – a set of star chart cards that illustrate the night sky – I have created a set of 6 ‘comprised constellations’ a set of drawings on blank playing cards that playfully position perfumery within the context of the astronomy. These cards will be exhibited at Lumen Crypt Gallery alongside 10 perfume portraits and other visual embellishments.
Incidentally I am looking at exploring Urania’s Mirror further in a forthcoming exhibition, which will have an open call element. Watch this space! (no pun intended.)