Urban Times and GV Art gallery have come together in a momentous collaboration set to explore the tale of scientific traumas via art.  GV Art is a contemporary art gallery, in the heart of London, which aims to explore and acknowledge the inter-relationship between art and science, and how the areas cross over and inform one another. The gallery produces exhibitions and events that create a dialogue focused on how modern man interprets and understands the advances in both areas and how an overlap in the technological and the creative, the medical and the historical are paving the way for new aesthetic sensibilities to develop.

William Utermohlen - Self Portrait

The Urban Times team are collaborating with GV Art in a series set to blow the mind: Traumas. The first in the series explores the connection between Art and Alzheimer’s. On the evening of 26th January Urban Times will be filming a talk given by Patricia Utermohlen and Shelley James, with questions then becoming open to the floor. Patricia will discuss what it was like to be married to an artist living with Alzheimer’s as the wife of late William Utermohlen. William was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1995 yet he continued drawing. His last self portraits painted between 1995 and 2001 tell a unique tale of an implacable disease encroaching on to his mind and senses. With perseverance, courage and honesty the artist adapts his style and technique to the growing limitations of his perception and motor skills to produce images that communicate his predicament. Patricia will talk about William’s artistic journey and how his art went from a figurative to minimalist style.

William Utermolhen: Artistic decline through Alzheimer's

Shelley James: Lesion

Shelley, a glass artist and Artist in Residence at the Bristol Eye Hospital, will describe her interaction with Alzheimer’s and how she expresses this through her own work. Working closely with ophthalmic surgeon Professor Andrew Dick, and the Alzheimer’s specialist Dr. Shelley Allen, Shelley has been able to incorporate scientific aspects of the disease within her work. Her sculpture in the Trauma exhibition features two large blown tubes looped together to suggest the optic nerves, but one is breached in the middle and open at both ends so that a jumble of imprinted beads representing information can be seen and may escape. The piece sits on a curved glass disc to suggest the view through the optic of the microscope used by scientists to study these phenomena.The themes of identity and perception are central to Shelley’s work and her art explores how signals from the outside world are combined with expectation and memory to create experience. She will discuss her work to curate the New Approaches to Ageing conference in partnership with the charity BRACE (Bristol Research into Alzheimer’s and Care for the Elderly) and how this leads to more partnerships between her and scientists.

For the full press release of the event click here. Admission is free but there are a limited amounts of space so RSVP is essential. Contact info@gvart.com or web@theurbn.com for more information. We will be filming the talks so not to worry if you can’t make it!