Our friend and regular contributor, UK-based conceptual artist Clare Nattress (@thetouringartist), is currently exhibiting her most recent work, Coast-to-Coast, which brings forth an ongoing arts research project that uses cycling as a performative method to research air quality, working in collaboration with atmospheric scientists at the University of York. The work on display includes documentary photography, smog collages, artist books, and digital data, all of which help to create a new visual language for air pollution.
After riding across seven countries by bicycle, cycling and air pollution have become a basis for Clare’s art-making and practice-based research. Her Bombtrack Beyond, which we featured as a Reader’s Rig, will be on display as part of the installation. After traveling thousands of kilometers, from Norway to Nepal to Tasmania, she’s converted it into a mobile research station to collect air quality data.
According to Clare, “There is an obvious and very clear need to further increase public awareness of air pollution and update our visual cues from chimneys and vehicle exhausts. My practice seeks to contribute to this new aesthetic offering such insights through the collection of physical matter and informative art which can engage the viewer emotionally and physically, not just mentally. Adult lungs breathe in approximately six litres of air every minute, but do we really know what we are breathing in and how it can severely affect our health.”
If you happen to be in York, you can catch Coast-to-Coast at Cycle Heaven of York as part of York Design Week from Friday, October 22nd, and it will continue to be in display through late December 2021. Otherwise learn more about Clare and her work at ClareNattress.co.uk.
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