A NEW exhibition by artist Mik Godley will explore the context of our evolving relationship with the internet, opening on Monday 7 June.
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.
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.
“It’s been a long process but are thrilled to be allowing people back into our gallery spaces,” said Rachel, the Attenborough Arts Centre Visual Arts officer, “and to be able to reopen with Mik’s show is perfect. After 15 months of staring at screens and developing our relationship with the internet, it’s going to be interesting to see how people react to a show about that.”
The show will launch 10am on Monday 7 June and closes Friday 3 September.