Johnny White makes interactive kinetic sculptures and Amanda Wray likes working with clay, stone, and sometimes mosaics to produce figurative pieces. They have frequently worked collaboratively on art projects since 1995.
A further Coronavirus update regarding the Human Machines tour schedule and changes to the exhibition.
Worcester Museum and Art Gallery have had to cancel exhibiting the Human Machines exhibition due to various coronavirus related issues and are sadly unable to accommodate it at a later date.
We have acquired some touch free buttons – similar to the type sometimes found on automatic exit doors – so as soon as the exhibition is allowed to re-open we will be modifying the operation plinths to hands free. This will make all the pieces except the Midlife Crisis Bagatelle, which works with a spring return lever mechanism, safe for the public to interact with.
So currently, as of May 20th, the exhibition is still sat in Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries and may end up being exhibited there for a little while when the lockdown restrictions are relaxed to allow galleries to open, it will then go to the venues below.
Sadly the Human Machines exhibition had to close in Dumfries a couple of weeks after opening due to the coronavirus lockdown.
The next scheduled venue was to be the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough. This was supposed to be opening this weekend but has now been rescheduled for next year after Cartwright Hall.
The new opening date for Middlesbrough will be the 24th of April 2021, the closing date is yet to be finalised but will be between June 20th and July 17th, we’ll post a revised tour schedule once everything is confirmed.
Here is a picture of our Human Machines exhibition at darts in Doncaster, as I write this the show is at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries, the fourth venue. The image shows one of the 2 metre high heads from Gaze n the foreground with Time of My Life behind.
Johnny and Amanda have been working on some new interactive pieces for their forthcoming Arts Council funded touring exhibition Human Machines which will open at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe this July and tour nationally for a couple of years (at least).Tour schedule to follow later but here are a couple of images of their Midlife Crisis Bagatelle to be going on with.
2 new Easter Island bath tub heads have now joined the 2 from last year to populate the island at this years Deer Shed Festival. They all have flashing eyes and broom head monobrows.
Johnny is making the marble race for the science tent this year, and a further head will be incorporated in that with the marble run tubes passing through it in the form of some kind of mad scientist sci-fi laboratory.
Johnny’s all seeing 3 eyed tree for GBSG Security is complete and soon to be permanently installed in Donington Lincolnshire. In this photo the cameras aren’t in the eyes, a short video of the eyes moving will follow shortly.
Johnny’s exhibition, Machinations, is now open at Farleys Farm, Muddles Green Sussex (the home of British Surrealism). The indoor exhibition is open until May 13th and the outdoor pieces will be there until the autumn.
Here is a snap of Having a Whale of a Time in the grounds, a video of the brand new whale actions will follow shortly on Johnny’s You Tube channel. The shoal of fish now wiggle actuated by the handle of our old coffee plunger and the spout and eyes are now powered by a hand cranked generator.
I have just been informed that a video Johnny worked on the props for with Alastair Turner in 1986 is live on you tube.
The song is Take Your Time by Chakk from the Timebomb EP, and here is the link;
It was filmed by Gary Wraith and Ralph Harrison at the old Kennings building (Now the Workstation) Sheffield.