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Ten Thousand Thoughts | Esther Rolinson

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Friday, 15 November 2019 to Saturday, 21 December 2019
Thursday, 14 November 2019 - 6:00pm

Light pours, drifts and bursts towards you. Sculptural forms wrap around themselves. Through the haze of vibrating light, the urge to get closer is hard to resist. But what are you looking at? Is it alive?

Ten Thousand Thoughts is an immersive sculptural light installation by award-winning UK artist Esther Rolinson. It is an experience that invites you to wonder — about space, light and art as experience.

In unison, the light creates an ever-growing sea of free-flowing shapes, producing a visual static. Like a fire of thoughts burning up in smoke, they encourage your own dissolution into nothingness. The light takes you elsewhere.

Over the last 20 years, Rolinson has developed a sculptural and technological practice that has seen her work featured in exhibitions and public spaces around the world. Ten Thousand Thoughts takes the impetus behind many of her public works and brings her practice into a more intimate setting, drawing in a spontaneous and curious audience.

Rolinson’s artworks can be found in private and public collections such as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2019 Esther Rolinson has been appointed Lead Artist on the development of an £80 million pound Surgical Centre for Musgrove Park Hospital Taunton, UK. She has been commission to make a 700m Light work for Cleethorpes Promenade, UK and has been awarded her fourth Art Council England Grant to develop the series Ten Thousand Thoughts.

In 2016 she was awarded The Lumen Global Digital Arts Prize Sculpture and 3D Award, and the first prize at the inaugural International Art CHI Exhibition, Computer and Human Interaction Conference, San Jose, California.

Ten Thousand Thoughts is a three-part project, the second iteration of which will consist of VR and an installation to be exhibited at Anise Workshop in Forest Hill in 2020.

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Esther Rolinson is a British visual artist who explores the use of new media technology as well as long-established artistic languages such as drawing and sculpture. She studied Visual and Performing Arts at Brighton University graduating in 1993. At the start of her career, Rolinson conceived installations for dance performances. The immersive environments she designed as theatrical scenes expanded and gained autonomy. She then created large scale installations, public artworks and sculptural structures that involve the viewer and invites the audience to participate in the artistic experience.

Her interest in bringing consciousness to our sensations led her to work with light. Due to its immediacy and potential to affect our senses, light became an important feature of her artistic production, one among a wide range of materials that she uses. Another key element is computer programming. In her work the use of new media is as essential as pencil and paper. Most of Esther Rolinson’s artworks have as a starting point drawings made by hand. In a sophisticated gesture, she constructs complex systems and forms that later she extends into three dimensions in her installations. In many ways, simple manual processes and advanced digital solutions are placed side by side.

Over the last 20 years, she has worked nationally and internationally, making permanent and temporary public space commissions. She has exhibited in museums, galleries, art centres and festivals and has a long list of solo and group shows. Esther Rolinson is an award-winning artist and has artworks in prominent collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. In 2016 she won the Lumen Prize Sculpture and 3D Awards and the ArtChi First Prize San Jose Calafornia. Recently, she was appointed the lead artist for new a £80 million building in the Musgrove Park Hospital, in Taunton, England. Her forthcoming solo exhibition is at the Anise Gallery in London, in November 2019.

Esther Rolinson was born in 1971 in Coventry, and lives in Hastings, South-East England.

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Anise Gallery
13a Shad Thames
London SE1 2PU

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