Shedding Light on a Grass Blade; EXHIBITION: Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey Offer a New Perspective of the Growing World
Byline: HANNAH JONES Arts and Media Editor
IN reality, it's more akin to a giant biological experiment. Look deeper, and it's a living work of art.
Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey are not horticulturists. But nature - in particular the simple splendour of a blade of grass - colours their work in a way that is both abstract and familiar.
Renowned for their monumental installations and sculptures, their work now concerns creating giant photosynthetic photographs using the light sensitive properties of grass.
So their art is "green" without being necessarily politically correct, constantly working while silently moving towards the dying of the light that feeds it.
In a unique perspective of the growing world, the artists have developed a new way at looking at nature. They are able to simplify biological processes using high resolution imaging techniques to track subtle changes in colour and pigmentation of grass leaves.
Put simply, their "photographs" are cast in grass and created though a photosynthetic print process.
So instead of creating black and white images, the resultant work runs into the ecological shades of nature's idiosyncratic greens and yellows.
Ackroyd says, "In the greater body of our artwork we play with many materials exploring processes of growth, transformation and decay, and we embrace the transience and ephemeral nature of our materials.
"Yet somehow the fragility of these apparitions urged us to make moves to preserve them longer.
"We can't recall the precise moment when we first articulated this desire to hold the image. …