Portsmouth Cathedral is well known as a venue for art shows and exhibitions, such as the annual art society showcase and the Portsmouth Festivities Spice Island Art Trail. The Viewpoint project invites artists to spend ten days in the cathedral environs, exploring the theme of ‘faiths connected’. Portsmouth Cathedral’s latest artist in residence is Ken Devine, who will be inviting the public to take these concepts even deeper as he asks: What colour is the Sacred?
Ken, A Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth, has been exploring this theme of perception of colour and the values attached to specific colours, for some time. He has been collecting interviews of people talking about colour and their understanding of faith and uploading them to a database, which links to a stunning, constantly changing visualisation of the colour spectrum. Periodically, the computer programme chooses an interview at random and guests have the opportunity to hear what other people have shared.
Portsmouth Cathedral will be host to two versions of the Haphazard Colour Machine during Ken’s residency: the audio visual version will be on display in the Welcome Area and Ken will be stationed nearby with a discreet camera, ready to gather more interviews of people talking about colour and the sacred. These interview are only 2-3 minutes in length and will form part of this wider catalogue of spiritual reflection.
In addition, the Haphazard Colour Machine (without the accompanying interviews) will be projected on to the floor of St Thomas’ chapel, onto a bed of crushed glass, surrounded by lumpwood charcoal. This silent but visually striking piece, will invite visitors and the Cathedral community to take time to pause and reflect and perhaps consider how our perceptions of God and the wider world might be coloured by how we see things?
Ken Devine will be in the Cathedral taking interviews throughout May. There will be a special launch event on Saturday May 7th from 6:30 – 8:00pm and free tickets can be booked HERE.
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