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Art Editorial

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Artist Dan Holdsworth has dedicated the last five years to realising two major bodies of work to premiere at the North Gallery for Contemporary Art. ‘Spatial Objects’ is the second show in the series and it opens in January.

Dan Holdsworth’s first show at the NGCA is ‘Continuous Topography’ (which runs to 6 January – so catch it if you still can) and there are many things that link it to ‘Spatial Objects’, not least the fact that these two exhibitions could only have been created in the 21stcentury. In ‘Continuous Topography’ he used drones and lasers to map the exact contours of Alpine glaciers and rock formations, while with ‘Spatial Objects’ he’s created photographs of individual pixels and blown them up to a scale so they become possessed of a monumental physicality. And, in a way, they’re just as much about landscape as the topography show, because our viewpoint these days isn’t concerned with naturalist vistas but rather the scaled down digital world. The titular ‘objects’ are single “data points” – pixels marking a unique point in space, as GPS co-ordinates. The starting point for these works has been geological mapping data from the US Geological Survey of Crater Lake, a protected National Park, and the manipulation of that data has resulted in this startling show which is the digital equivalent of William Blake’s aspiration to ‘see the world in a grain of sand’.

Spatial Objects, 18 January-17 March, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland. ngca.co.uk