Charles Sandison "Garden of Light" | 1 October, 2020 - 31 January, 2021| Athens
Bernier / Eliades Gallery is pleased to present the new solo exhibition of Charles Sandison “Garden of Light”.
The garden of light comprises interwoven video projections and large screens that invite the audience to immerse themselves in the digital glow of an alternate universe populated artificial intelligence life forms.
Words, numbers, signs, and symbols roam freely around the walls. Sometimes briefly merging to form human figures and then exploding into a storm of letters, they transform themselves from one lexicon to another.
Sandison combines his ability to write complex computer programs with a savant like spatial dexterity that visualises the hidden world of data that surrounds us.
“At the centre of my works is ‘simulation’, especially scientific modelling of natural systems or human systems to gain insight into their functioning.
Simulation can be used to show the eventual real effects of alternative conditions and courses of action.
Simulation is also used when the real system cannot be engaged, because it may not be accessible, or it may be dangerous or unacceptable to engage, or it is being designed but not yet built, or it may simply not exist”.
Martin Belou "Canicula" | 3 September - 19 December 2020 | Brussels
“Canicula" is Martin Belou’s debut at Bernier/Eliades Gallery in Brussels.
In Hellenistic astrology, canicula or ‘small dog’ was associated with Sirius, the brightest star at the firmament and part of the constellation Canis Major. The star can be observed from the Northern Hemisphere from mid-July to mid-September, when it disappears again. Its presence coincides with the warmest and driest period of the year, having a significant impact on nature, agriculture, society and the human body.
Just like the Ancient Greeks, the artist looks to the stars to understand the earthly disasters. This act renders him humble and therefore capable of depicting the unthinkable.
Martin Belou does not rely on big gestures or moralizing messages. Instead, he creates an installation from which the human figure has disappeared.
What remains is a landscape plagued by heat and drought, inhabited by plants and animals and marked by the traces they have left behind.