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.