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Date:
12 - 28 March

Location:
Bonington building

Opening:
Monday – Friday: 10am – 5 pm

Sean Cummins: The Potato Eaters Discover Cold Fusion

12 - 28 March

The exhibition title juxtaposes Van Gogh’s agrarian meal with the utopian promise of cheap nuclear energy anticipated in the 1960’s.

Cummins has used the formal similarities between Van Gogh’s early and haunting masterpiece and a found image from 1963, depicting a control room of an experimental nuclear reactor called Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor (SGHWR). Cummins uses this image as a catalyst for an exhibition of paintings.

However, the poor protagonists in Van Gogh’s day are a world apart from the futuristic and utopian ideals of a nuclear power program. Cummins explores the notion of ‘Cold Fusion’, a hypothetical type of nuclear reaction that would occur around room temperature, raising hopes of a cheap and abundant source of energy.