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Mik Godley: Considering Silesia

Monday 7 June – 3 September
‘Considering Silesia’ observes the context of our evolving relationship with the internet, which increasingly enables us to virtually “visit” parts of the world and connect with strangers without leaving home.
Mik Godley is an artist and art school lecturer based in Nottingham. He is a painter who makes work using both traditional analogue painting techniques and digital iPad technology. His ongoing body of work ‘Considering Silesia’ was initiated in 2003, and explores the artist’s Anglo-German heritage, cultural memory, displacement and migration.  

‘Considering Silesia’ observes the context of our evolving relationship with the internet, which increasingly enables us to virtually “visit” parts of the world and connect with strangers without leaving home. Despite having never visited his mother’s homeland, Lower Silesia, Mik’s work documents the landscape and architecture of the region through images, video footage and maps found online. 

a large gallery with pictures and paintings on the walls
Mik Godley

The selection of works presented in this exhibition at Attenborough Arts Centre form just a small part of this major body of work that has occupied the artist for over 15 years. Alongside major paintings and digital works, there will also be a selection of small sketches and works on paper that give further insight into how the project has developed over time, through Mik’s own evolving artistic practice and the technological developments that have offered increasingly detailed and immersive experiences of physically distant places and people. 

“Godley has become one of the best, and best known, exponents of drawing using iPhone and iPad apps in the region and this work ably demonstrates that his drawing talent is just as expressive on a screen as it is on paper or canvas.”
Mark Patterson, Nottingham Post, January 28 2015

You can get a sneak peak of the work that’s been going on in our gallery to prepare for Considering Silesia through our new time lapse. Artists Peter Barber and Jakub Bachna have been copying one of Mik’s pieces onto the wall of Gallery One, using nothing more than pencils, paint and a rather large scaffolding tower.

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