Art of the Invisible

19/10/2018

An interdisciplinary conference at The Courtauld Institute of Art exploring art’s relationship with the invisible.

‘He even painted things that cannot be represented …’, Pliny eulogized Apelles in his Naturalis historia. ‘How can we with mortal eyes contemplate this image whose celestial splendour the host of heaven presumes not to behold?’, asks a Byzantine hymn dedicated to the celebrated Image of Edessa. Cennino Cennini, in the first chapter of his Libro dell’arte, writes that painting ‘…calls for imagination, and skill of hand, in order to discover things not seen, hiding themselves under the shadow of natural objects, and to fix them with the hand, presenting to plain sight what does not actually exist.’ In her 1949 essay Some memories of Pre-dada: Picabia and Duchamp, Gabrielle Buffet-Picabia tried to summarise the art of her era: ‘It would seem … that in every field, the principal direction of the 20th century was the attempt to capture the “nonperceptible”.’

Art has been preoccupied with the invisible before, between, and beyond these disparate yet kindred statements. One of artists’ greatest challenges is and has been representing the invisible subject, in its many guises. Artists working in media based on perception, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and installation, must devise strategies to visualise the invisible: It is a foundational paradox of art.

Art of the Invisible aims to investigate artistic strategies for the invisible, across disciplinary, chronological, geographical, and medial boundaries. This interdisciplinary conference will bring together a variety of speakers to examine the problems and strategies for visualising the invisible, providing answers across these boundaries.

Royal Academy of Arts London

21/04/2018

Hugo has been commissioned to document the forthcoming symposium for the RA London

The title Experiencing Architecture: Inviting Dialogue is both a reflection of the event’s intention and the belief that a meaningful experience of architecture is one that results in a reciprocal and evolving relationship with the spaces we inhabit.

Revival Lightdrawings extend until Feb 19th 2018

14/11/2017

The artist Hugo Dalton will be projecting his dramatic Lightdrawings onto sculptures in the Greece and Rome Gallery at the Fitzwilliam Museum. His works will interact with the architecture of the surrounding gallery to create a series of immersive installations.

Harmonic Sculpture Installation

11/09/2017

New sculpture to be installed on London’s iconic street Savile Row for the headquarters of Derwent London.  Picture is a cast bronze maquette of the work who’s origins are traced to Hugo’s collaboration with the Royal College of Music.

Tresco Wallpaper Collection

02/10/2017

The collection combines Paint & Paper Library’s famed palette of Architectural and Original Colours, which have been combined into designs made by Hugo during his time spent on Tresco, a unique private island in the Isles of Scilly. He explains: “This archipelago has been a place of joy and inspiration throughout my career. The clarity and calm of the Island has guided the creation of each individual wallpaper.”