- Gallery 286
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015
- Saturday, May 30, 2015
- 286 Earls Court Rd, London SW5 9AS
- Gallery 286, 286 Earls Court Rd, London
‘The Electric Microcosm’ by Ben Yates
Influenced by a love of science, geometry, counter-culture and all things Japanese, in the past few years I have been working to produce series of works best viewed in dark spaces. They all involve electronics and provide their own illumination. I have always had a love of the aesthetics of electronics, particularly circuitry, which to me has always appeared to be a miniature-scale society.
Adding LED lighting, and a populace of tiny model people, reinterprets the recycled circuit boards into sprawling cityscapes which I encase inside clear acrylic and glass coffee tables. They conjure a highly detailed glimpse into a colourful yet somewhat dystopian future, which double as practical pieces of modern furniture. What makes them particularly intriguing are the tiny people – they bring a host of never-ending urban stories as you follow them on their daily business and shopping trips, back-alley deals and leisure activities.
Functionality has also become a feature of these installations, including such items as CD players/speakers, digital photo frames, and fully working computers.
Along with projections and other electric sculptural innovations, The Electric Microcosm exhibition is a unique sensory experience.