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Meet the Machine Aesthetic Exhibition at the Norwich University of the Arts

PUBLISHED: 17:49 01 October 2014 | UPDATED: 17:49 01 October 2014

Machine Aesthetic exhibition at the NUA gallery. Photo: Bill Smith

Machine Aesthetic exhibition at the NUA gallery. Photo: Bill Smith

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A collection of contemporary artists are showing off their technical expertise with a public exhibition at The Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).

Machine Aesthetic exhibition at the NUA gallery. Photo: Bill Smith Machine Aesthetic exhibition at the NUA gallery. Photo: Bill Smith

A national touring exhibition curated by contributing artists Eric Butcher and Simón Granell, A Machine Aesthetic, captures the process of technological advances through the use of art, exploring the uses and influence of mechanisation.

Joseph Doubtfire, (pictured), a 21-year-old NUA Fine Arts student and gallery assistant, said: “It’s about artists taking on mechanical processes and portraying this process through art. Art is one of the first mediums to make use of these technological advances.

“Simón Granell, one of the artists, his paintings have taken a year to do. He captures the process of painting with 365 layers, showing the first layer of the painting right down to the last, 365th layer.”

A combination of 11 artists have joined together to create the works, in which they consider the ways mechanical devices have influenced art, from artists who incorporate machined materials into their work, to those who project the method of process, to artists who exploit machined materials.

Joseph Doubtfire at the Machine Aesthetic exhibition at the NUA gallery. Photo: Bill Smith Joseph Doubtfire at the Machine Aesthetic exhibition at the NUA gallery. Photo: Bill Smith

Neil Powell, pro vice-chancellor of NUA said: “It’s a nice, different show to have. What we have got here is how each work is made, and the process of what it looks like when making it. It’s very different, it’s a breath of fresh air.”

Hoping the show will open up others’ creativity, gallery officer Louisa Milsome, 35, said: “We’re hoping it’s an inspiring show for the students at Norwich University of the Arts to visit when they come back from summer to start this academic year. It’ll be a great introduction to new students.”

• The exhibition will be open to the public until Saturday, October 25, from 12pm to 5pm, excluding Sundays and Mondays, at the Gallery on St George’s Street. Admission is free.

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