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The Negligent Eye

  • Sat, 08 Mar 2014 - Sun, 15 Jun 2014
  • 10.00 AM - 6.00 PM
  • Tickets: Free

Cory Arcangel, Christiane Baumgartner, Thomas Bewick, Jyll Bradley, Maurice Carlin, Helen Chadwick, Susan Collins, Conroy/Sanderson, Nicky Coutts, Elizabeth Gossling, Beatrice Haines, Juneau Projects, Laura Maloney, Bob Matthews, London Fieldworks (with the participation of Gustav Metzger), Marilène Oliver, Flora Parrott, South Atlantic Souvenirs, Imogen Stidworthy, Jo Stockham, Wolfgang Tillmans, Alessa Tinne, Michael Wegerer, Rachel Whiteread, Jane and Louise Wilson. 

While printmaking has long embraced the digital, there has been a recent acceleration of interest by a younger generation of artists in approaching technology more critically. The Negligent Eye reflects this increasing experimentation with computers, rapid-form and 3D scanning and digital multiplication, through printed, sculptural, video and mixed media work, as well as earlier artworks using reprographic processes, and archival material.

Curated by Jo Stockham, who has researched how over-immersion in the space of the computer creates a sense of estrangement from the world, the exhibition engages with wider questions around the impact of digital technology on our lives. How, for instance, are scanning technologies changing how we picture and experience the world? The barcode, airport body scanners, medical scans and document scanners are all fraught with notions of both revelation and theft, while the extension of digital multiplication into cloning remains contentious.

Stockham observes, ‘scanning is riddled with an internal contradiction: is it a close reading or a glance?’ In this exhibition she and over 20 UK and international artists, from recent graduates to more established names, explore the ways scans are a particular kind of translation that take many forms.  Stockham herself will produce a limited edition print with the Bluecoat Print Studio, which will be on sale during the show.


Sat 26 Apr
Join us for a day of talks, activities, demonstrations and discussions relating to 'the scan' and the current exhibition.

Wed 7 May
Artist's talk: Imogen Stidworthy
Artist Imogen Stidworthy talks about her work and reflects on themes explored in the exhibition.

Wed 14 May
Carmel College Exhibition
Life through a digital lens: How has technology changed throughout your lifetime?  An exhibition of work created by Carmel College students in response to The Negligent Eye.


Exhibition curated by Jo Stockham, Head of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art, London, and developed by the Bluecoat in partnership with the RCA Printmaking Department and the School of Art & Design, Liverpool John Moores University.  

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