Painted pieces of wood attached to a wall, with some pieces protruding from the wall.

Darren Nixon, The Awkward Ambassador (the mixer), 2016. Paint on wood. Photograph Arthur Siuksta.


Exhibition dates: Friday 13 October – Friday 10 November 2017
Venue: New Adelphi Exhibition Gallery,  New Adelphi Building, University of Salford, Peel Park Campus, University Road West, M5 4BR
Gallery opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm
Admission: Free

Synthesis brings together 5 recent acquisitions for the University of Salford Art Collection and represents the three main collecting priorities: From the North , About the Digital and Chinese Contemporary Art .

Although individually very different, each work reveals some of the hidden concepts or overlooked processes behind how objects and artworks are made. The exhibition also demonstrates our commitment to working in partnership with arts organisations across the North West to support the development of new work by artists.

Manchester based Darren Nixon responds to the idea that an artwork takes on different titles, formations and ‘personas’ when in storage, on display or out on loan.

Alumna of the Graduate Scholarship Programme, Willow Rowlands similarly plays with form and function: questioning the meaning and purpose of materials as they are used, re-used and re-interpreted in different ways.

Hong Kong based artist Kong Chun Hei presents a video of a previously unseen physical performance: a diligently repeated exercise, used to warm up for creating the heavily detailed drawings which form part of his multi-disciplinary practice.

Both Brass Art and Liam Young use laser-scanning technology in innovative ways. The artist collective Brass Art (UK) use Kinect lasers to uncanny effect, exploring the seen and unseen experience of domestic spaces – captured at Sigmund Freud’s’ former London home. Liam Young (UK) uses LIDAR scanning technology to consider how we might evade the ever-increasing electronic gaze of the autonomous city.

Synthesis a poem in response to the exhibition by Dr Scott Thurston

Cigs smoked here, keep living
have a bleed.
Knotted plaits junction,
the fourth finger wants to lift.

I love discipline, new
neural pathways.

Into the unconscious of the
building, root and shoot
in a dark dance.