Currently on exhibition at the Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB), Baddiley-Clark Building, Newcastle University. “Shifting Worlds” a selection of current paintings by Derek Hill, accompanied by his interactive film work with Dr Richard Daniel, demonstrating many months of collaboration between his studio and the labs at the CBCB, Newcastle University. Artist Ian Hall, film post-production & editing. The exhibition runs until January 25th, 2020.
The paintings and films currently on display at Newcastle University’s Centre for Bacterial Cell Biology (CBCB) demonstrate months of interaction between Hill’s studio and the CBCB microbiology labs. Flat-screen movies and large-scale industrial-relief paintings deliberately juxtapose the individual qualities between the two diverse worlds. The movies appear to project giant landmasses, travelling randomly in rhythmic sequence but are interacting colonies vying for territory. The paintings are the flesh and bone of the work and have evolved over some time. “Bacteria is a source that I feel connected to and is one of the reasons why I have become curious to explore it as live interactive material. It has a multitude of qualities that are important to my method of painting, which leads me to incorporate a variety of industrial products and applications that provide a cultural, public and industrial dimension; that shift the focus away from the purely scientific and onto the streets for people to engage in.”