The intersection between visual experience, psychedelica and technology is the focus of this exhibition bringing together two artists from two different generations. The aim is to see how differently artists can explore ideas around perception, visual experience, and the influence of technology on culture.
Sture Johannesson (born 1935 in Sweden) is one of the most interesting and controversial artists in Sweden’s history. The poster artworks he sold through the space he founded in Malmo in the 1960s, Galleri Cannabis, reflected the palette, fluidity and counter culture politics of international psychedelic movement. His work, including the notorious poster ‘Hash Girl’, became representative of the youth upheaval in Sweden. Johannesson was one of the first artists to experiment with computers in the creation of artworks in the 1970s, co-creating on the FIELDS Program. In the early 1980s he founded The Digital Theatre, making pixel portraits using one of Europe’s first apple computers. He has exhibited at Raven Row and the 2003 Venice Biennale. sturejohannesson.com
Laura Buckley (born 1977 in Ireland) creates light and video installations using sculptural objects, reflection and refraction. Her inventive works combine mirror, wood and metal structure, projected imagery and sound elements. Past musical collaborators have included Andrew Weatherall, Andy Spence (NYPC) and Dave MacLean (Django Django). Her site responsive works are often accompanied by images from her series of two-dimensional digital print pieces, made through her experiments with scanners. She has exhibited at Cell Project Space, Kunstverein Ludwigsburg and the Zabludowicz Collection. laurabuckley.com
Francesca Gavin is a writer and curator based in London. Her past exhibitions have included The Dark Cube at the Palais de Tokyo, The New Psychedelia at Mu, Eindhoven and E-Vapor-8 at 319 Scholes, New York, which is being reconfigured at Site Sheffield in June 2014. She is the author of five visual art books and is the Visual Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused and a contributing editor at artsy.net, Sleek and Twin. roughversion.blogspot.com