World Riddle at the Tipperary Excel - an installation by artist David Bickley is on show at Tipperary Excel Gallery until November 15th. Come and experience this installation at the Gallery Tipperary Excel Centre Monday-Friday 10am-5pm or contact the Gallery on 062 80520.
World Riddle takes as its inspiration and source the work of Victorian biologist Ernst Haeckel. Besides being an early pioneering scientist Haeckel represented a powerful voice in the dissemination of Darwin’s work and also coined the terms “ecology” and “stem cell”.
He is best known however for producing countless and unbelievably detailed drawings of never before seen microscopic life and consequently, he literally “blew the minds” of the Victorian world.
Drawing together, elements of Victorian science, etching, digital video, ambient music and 3D glasswork this piece creates a powerful gallery experience, representing a cutting edge fusion of techniques and art forms never before staged in Ireland.
David’s intention is to create an immersive installation that impacts on a modern audience at the same level as Haeckel’s original work in the 1800’s.
David says of his work: “I was first introduced to the work of Ernst Haeckel by West Cork-based musician Clodagh Simonds. Clodagh had used some of Haeckel’s images to illustrate and accompany her atmospheric music and songs. I was immediately struck by the other-worldly quality of these unique drawings and began to wonder what it must have been like, as a Victorian, to have gazed on these depictions of microscopic sea life never before seen by the naked eye, let alone by the general public.”
The images were subsequently created out of Haekel’s original engravings through the process of digital editing and live motion control.
David was a senior producer at RTE (1995-2001) before forming Alchemy Electronic Arts and producing a number of independent film projects. Having always practiced as an artist using a wide range of media, he began the most recent work in 2004 and have been encouraged by the reception of his work in recent exhibitions.
David Bickley is also director of RTE’s popular series Tracks and Trail which returns to our screens on November 16th.
Art Classes For Adults
Do you want to try a new hobby for the winter months? Then come and join us here at Tipperary Excel. Art classes are set to commence on Wednesday, November 7th at the Tipperary Excel. This art course will run from 2.30-4.30pm every Wednesday for six weeks. The classes will be facilitated by Catherine Daly from Thurles. Book or call to reception 062 80520.