Discover the ground-breaking photography of artist, designer and educator György Kepes (1906–2001). The first solo exhibition of his work in the UK will explore how he worked across disciplines, experimenting with photography, art and science. György Kepes will showcase 80 of his photographs, photomontages and photograms produced during his time in Chicago, around 1938-42.
Kepes’s photograms, made without a camera, were instead produced in the darkroom by arranging and exposing objects directly on top of light-sensitive paper. The subjects – such as leaves, eyes, feathers and cones and prisms – reflected Kepes’s varied interests and included scientific and mechanical items alongside objects from the natural world.
Invited by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1947 to found a programme for visual design, Kepes’s theories transformed how students approached the visual landscape. In 1967 Kepes fulfilled his vision to build a community dedicated to creative collaboration between artists and scientists by launching the Centre for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), again at MIT. It was here that Kepes continued to experiment with imagery, producing work which laid the foundations for digital technology as we know it today.
6 March – 31 May 2015