5 May - 5 November 2012
Giants of the Infinitesimal is a collaboration between artists Tom Grimsey and Theo Kaccoufa and six eminent nanoscientists. The scientists are Prof Rasmita Ravall, Prof Philip Moriarty, Dr Ashley Cadby, Prof Lee Cronin, Prof Robert Jones , Dr Guenter Moebus. The Giants of the Infinitesimal are currently showing at Magna until 5 November 2012.
"Theo Kaccoufa's work explores visions of the future and questions the possible outcomes of genetic manipulation. Appearing like ghosts of the natural world, his three-dimensional wire drawings of flowers are born out of the desire for constant improvement, the search for that which is bigger, better and longer lasting".
Excerpt from Real Ideal exhibition catalogue, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield, UK.
Images, left to right:
"The series GM Bears refers more explicitly to a science fiction style future. While still recognisable as the comforting childhood toy they now have strange distortions such as squid tentacles or wings. Here nature is not tamed in the familiar image of the ted bear but modified and manipulated hinting at sinister implications for the future. "
Extract from Real Ideal Press Release
"The chair that models itself in the image of Kafka's modern anti-hero is, by means of its appellation, also a Monument to the Isms. The author of this work, British artist Theo Kaccoufa, explains that the title acknowledges the 20th century art movements that were 'once vigorous creatures roaming the earth' and which now 'occasionally kick and struggle to regain their footing'. In manifesting this art historical critique in the ultimate image of alienation, mixed metaphors of metamorphosis abound: where Kafka begins his novella with the ridiculous but resonant proclamation that a man is now a large insect, Kaccoufa conjures the equally contentious proposal that artistic movements are an endangered species victim to the dialectical dangers of historical negation."
Extract from Domestic Appliance exhibition catalogue, Flowers East , 2008. Text by Ellie Harrison-Read, Curator.
A video of a kinetic chair dancing to The Prodigy's Firestarter. featuring kinetic sculpture by Theo Kacccoufa and painting installation by Glauce Cerveira.
A selection of pages from a large collection of A4 sketchbooks, dating from 1991 to the present. (A4 Cornellissen's portrait hardback sketchbooks).
Multi-media sculpture studies, including mild steel, silver solder and paint.
Kinetic and time-based sculpture models employing electronics, mechanics, found objects, domestic appliances, furniture, wire, wood, steel, brass, aluminium, stainless steel, electric motors.
Above: Ooowh, wire sculpture, painted and glittered penguins., mild steel wire, silver solder, oil and synthetic crystals, average height 44 cm.
Below: Video of a Kinetic chair dancing to The Prodigy's Firestarter.
2007, Giclée on Somerset Velvet, 594 x 420 mm, Edition of 10.
Daisy Bear White limited edition print was created to celebrate 10 years of the Stanley Picker Gallery and 30 years of the Stanley Picker Fellowship Programme.
Three-dimensional studies and polychromatic wire sculptures that describe three dimensional coloured lines in space. Various sizes, mild steel wire, steel, brass, silver solder, paint lacquer.
I was invited to create a piece of work using a discarded wheel hub. Paradise Fond is the result. Medium: solder, wire and recycled materials, including plastic wheel hub and various self-coloured tin cans.