Keith Tyson

Large Field Array

10 February - 1 July 2007

Large Field Array is named after the Very Large Array, a field of Radio Telescopes in New Mexico. The Array focuses on one spot from multiple viewpoints to give us a clearer picture of the universe. Similarly, Tyson’s monumental modular work combines over 300 separate sculptural forms into a single Field Array which Tyson claims operates as a gigantic experiential lens for viewing some of the fundamental forces that make up reality.

The individual elements are two foot squared and arranged at four foot intervals in a roughly cubic array on the floor and walls of the gallery. They range from hyper-real illusionistic sculpture through to residues of physical processes. Each sculpture is connected with all the other works within the field, and these connections are very diverse whether visual, psychological, causal, philosophical, physical or conceptual. The viewer is subsumed within this gigantic field and is forced to re-make it themselves, by tracing these myriad connections. They combine to form a lens that allows the viewer to experience the true nature of reality that they are infinite and boundless, yet connected and integrated. The work attacks the myth of individuality, and the accept concept of the unique discrete artwork. It continues Tyson’s joyful exploration of how everything in the world is connected.

The exhibition is co-curated by Anders Kold of Louisiana Museum and Hendrik Driessen of De Pont.

A major new catalogue published by Louisiana Museum and De Pont museum of contemporary art accompanies the exhibition, and includes contributions from: Dr. Jacob Wamberg, Professor of Art History at Aarhus University and an interview with Keith Tyson by Dominic van den Boogerd.

Keith Tyson was born in Ulverston, Cumbria and from 1984 to 1990 worked at Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering. From 1990 to 1993 he attended Carlisle College of Art and the University of Brighton. In 2002 Tyson had a major solo show at the South London Gallery that travelled to the Kunsthalle Zürich, and he has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Century City at Tate Modern in 2001, and Dionysiac at the Centre Pompidou in 2005. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2002.

Link to Louisiana Museum, where the exhibition was shown from October 13, 2006 to January 14, 2007.