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Through a glass darkly [Research Portfolio]

Rennie, Colin (2018) Through a glass darkly [Research Portfolio]. 3 artifacts.

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Research portfolio including artefacts:
Concurrents, Magnitudo 1 and Colour Field

Displayed at the exhibitions:

Illuminating Colour (2017) [Exhibition]. at the main gallery of the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. 21 October 2017 - 11 March 2018.

Embodied Light(2018) [Exhibition]. at the JCR Art Gallery, Pembroke College, Oxford. 25 April 2018 - 13 June 2018

Magnitudo 1 (2018) [Exhibition]. Toyama International Glass Festival, Japan. 15 September – 25 November 2018

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Additional Information: The artworks Concurentes and Magnitudo 1 and Magintudo 2 developed out of the ‘Ordered Universe Project’ with academics from Durham University and artists from the University of Sunderland (Colin Rennie and Dr Cate Watkinson). Their research generated new glass artworks illuminating the thirteenth century medieval scholar, Bishop Robert Grosseteste’s treatise De-colore of In De-colore, Grosseteste re-articulated the Aristotelian linear, one-dimensional colour spectrum from black to white, through all colours, to a novel three-dimensional colour space.  Concurentes and Magnitudo 1 and Magintudo 2 are the resulting sculptural works, expanding on the digital remapping of De colore from this medieval colour space to the RGB colour cube proposed by the Ordered Universe team.  These new glass pieces enhanced the graphical representations and lexical translations of this revolutionary historical idea by re-imagining them in physical form. Using a methodology that blended traditional glassblowing techniques with digital scanning modelling and manufacture, the works refer to both historical and modern paradigms. The unique clasps, frames and armatures that fit the glass parts precisely holding them in exact positions, were designed using high precision 3D scanning and 3D CAD and constructed from waterjet cut steel and brass. All three works were funded and shown at the National Glass Centre in the exhibition ‘Illuminating colour’ from September 2017- March 2018 (with 20,882 visitors). Magnetudo 1 was also exhibited at Pembroke College, and Toyama Glass Prize Japan 2018 as a shortlisted work. A short film, produced by Alan Fentiman, records the making of Concurrentes. Magnetudo 2 was acquired by the National Glass Centre for their permanent collection. The work was presented in a talk at the Napa Light festival in January 2019. A paper, discussing the works and given at Pembroke College Oxford 2018, was selected for publication in the peer reviewed volume: Robert Grosseteste: Nature, Craft, and Society.
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Depositing User: Leah Maughan


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Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2021 11:19
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2021 13:44


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