Biomembrane – Festival Of The Mind 2016

I am delighted to present my newest mural here – a collaboration with CBMNet at the University Of Sheffield, in conjunction with Festival Of The Mind 2016 / Fear of the Unseen: Engineering Good Bacteria.

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The ‘Crossing Biological Membranes Network’ is composed of scientists working to understand the mechanisms by which substances are transported into, within, and out of cells. Their ultimate aim is to produce knowledge which will enable the development of new technologies in the Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy sector (eg: producing biofuels using E coli bacteria).

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My role in this collaboration has been to translate the CBMNet area of work into a large outdoor mural located within the university campus. For this occasion I have presented my interpretation of a detail of a cell membrane as seen under an electron microscope, having undergone a cryofracture. A cryofracture is  a procedure in which the sample is frozen quickly and then  broken with a sharp blow so you are able to study its structure in very close detail – Imagine breaking a bar of chocolate with hazelnuts, this way you can see how hazelnuts are positioned inside the bar…

For an online animation of a biomembrane cryofracture follow this link: http://www.sciencephoto.com/media/530082/view

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There is an incredible amount of information available about the structure & functioning of a biological membrane, and many ways to interpret this artistically. I chose to stick with the basic knowledge that biomembranes are mainly composed of the following molecules: phopholipids, cholesterol, proteins and carbohydrate ramifications (see diagram below), and that at any moment smaller molecules are transiting through it in both directions. All these elements are represented on the final visual.

 

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Above: Diagram of a small portion of cell membrane

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Learning the structure of biological membranes was one of my favourite topics during my PhD because it involved lots of drawing. Typically a biomembrane is made of two thin lipid sheets stuck together with large elements (proteins) inserted through them. In a cell, this molecular ensemble surrounds and prevents the inside of the cell from being in contact with the outside of the cell. This structure is highly dynamic: proteins move within this ‘bilayer’ in 2 dimensions to specific locations when the cell needs it. In order to represent this in an accurate diagram, you need to draw a 3 dimensions structure, which mostly had 2 dimensional capabilities, on a (2 dimensional) piece of paper – woo ha!

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This project was made possible by Festival Of The Mind and BBSRC.  Thank you Jen Vanderhoven from CBMNet for inviting me and Mika Ohtsuki for helping out with the mural. A projection of a short documentary about the project is planned on Sept 19 at Spiegeltent FOTM: Fear of the Unseen: Engineering Good Bacteria

 

SOMETHING MADE DIFFERENT #SHEFFIELD

Friday is the opening of a new group exhibition at B&B Gallery: SOMETHING MADE DIFFERENT. I will be showing a series of new paintings inspired by my last trip to Bekkai Japan.

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Owen Richards (UK), Seiko Kinoshita (JP), Jo Peel (UK), Florence Blanchard (FR), Christopher Jarratt (UK) 

July 1st –  24th / B&B Gallery, Sheffield 95B Mary street
Opening times: Saturdays 10am – 4pm / weekdays by appointment
Private View: Friday 1st July / 6-9pm (Please RSVP  bradburyblanchard@gmail.com) 

After a successful debut at Parades Gallery in Matsumoto, Japan, we are delighted to bring this wonderful group show to a UK audience. Join us for the second instalment of SOMETHING MADE DIFFERENT – a collaborative exhibition of new works by 5 international artists, inspired by Japanese imagery and experiences.

The juxtaposition of Japan’s rich cultural heritage sitting alongside unique social and pioneering technological environments lends itself to diverse responses. Each artist has spent time in various parts of Japan, which has informed their individual take on a country of great contrasts. Photographs, paintings, textiles and mixed media installations will be on view throughout in the B&B gallery space throughout July.

Summer is here and it is time for SOMETHING MADE DIFFERENT.

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This Friday is the opening of SOMETHING / MADE / DIFFERENT  a four person exhibition  at Parades gallery in Matsumoto Japan with artwork by Jo Peel, Chris Jarratt, Owen Richards and myself. The exhibition will travel to Tokyo later in the year.

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Something made differentとは今あるものを別のものにするという意味があります。

日本の豊かな文化遺産と共存するユニークな社会、先駆的なテクノロジー、それらが混じり合った環境は多様なレスポンスを生み出します。
本展ではそんな多様性のある『日本』を4人の海外アーティスト達が独自の視点で捉えた作品を展示します。彼らが「春の訪れと共に新しい形を追求しましょう」とアートをを通じて呼びかけている作品は今ある日常を別の角度から切り取っています。
For any enquiry: paradesgallery@gmail.com 080 4426 2265

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Each artist will be exhibiting their individual response to Japan, a country of great contrasts. The juxtaposition of its rich cultural heritage sitting alongside unique social and pioneering technological environments lends itself to diverse responses……… Spring is here and it is time for something made different.

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グループ展【 SOMETHING / MADE / DIFFERENT 】

開催期間:4月29日(金)〜 5月8日
営業時間:12:00 – 19:00
* 展示期間中無休

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4月29日 12:00からオープニングイベント
展示アーティストのジョー・ピールとクリストファー・ジャラットが在廊します。

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MOFO festival // Hobart Tasmania

Painting by Florence Blanchard

IMG_4153_1200I spent the beginning of this year in Australia, painting walls in Melbourne & Hobart. I had an amazing time hanging out in the beautiful nature of Tasmania, such a great way to start the year. One of the murals I painted was in one of the venues of MOFO festival in Hobart. I also painted another mural with Kid Acne in the city center. I wish for more positive vibes like this for this year. A big thank you to Kira for organising everything, you’re the best!Painting by Florence BlanchardPainting by Florence BlanchardIMG_4029_1200IMG_1735_Florence_Blanchard_1200IMG_4208_1200IMG_4186_1200IMG_4199_1200IMG_3977_1200IMG_4003_1200IMG_1733_Florence_Blanchard_1200IMG_1557_1200

 

Der Biochemische Zyklus – The Krebs Cycle

I’m very excited to announce the unveiling of my most recent painting ‘Der Biochemische Zyklus’ – an abstract interpretation of the Krebs Cycle. This project was commissioned by The University Of Sheffield as part of Krebs Fest a week long festival aiming to celebrate the major achievements of Nobel price winner Sir Hans Krebs. The painting is now permanently displayed in Firth court at the main entrance of the university together with other Science/Art works by amazing artists such as Seiko Kinoshita, Keith Robinson, and Luke Jerram.

The Krebs cycle is a biochemical process discovered in 1937 by Prof Hans Krebs at The University Of Sheffield. This metabolic pathway explains how breathing organisms convert carbohydrates into water and carbon dioxide for usable energy in cellular respiration.

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The series of chemical reactions are represented by dark blue, bean-shaped molecules hovering above a dense, concentric molecular network. The length of the beans is representative of the carbon chain length of the Krebs cycle intermediates, which are actively recycled within one turn of the cycle.

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As these reactions occur inside a cellular structure called the mitochondrion – often referred to as ‘the powerhouse of the cell’- a depiction of the familiar folds of the mitochondrial inner membrane were incorporated as a backdrop to the circular image.

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The energy released during the Krebs cycle is represented by gold diamonds at specific points, ready to be transferred to, and utilized by all other biochemical processes within the cell.IMG_1396_Blanchard1200

The many blue shades in the composition refer to the dye methylene blue, which was used by Sir Hans Krebs and his predecessors to demonstrate oxido-reduction phenomena, and to identify the different elements of the cycle. White bands loosely link the different reactions and elements of the cycle and are reminiscent of the white arrows in Sir Han’s famous blackboard scheme. IMG_1400_Blanchard1200

Many thanks to the university’s amazing public engagement team, Lynne Fox, Prof Simon Foster et Al, and Prof Dave Hornby.

Heat Wave – Bristol

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‘Heat Wave’ is a new painting I prepared for a new exhibition which just opened this weekend in Bristol. Curated by Weapon of Choice & Two’s Company the exhibition shows new work from:

45 RPM, Andy Council, Cheba, Fanakapan, Florence Blanchard, Gent 48, Inkie, Jody, Kid Acne, Lokey, Mr Penfold, Rowdy, Sepr, Soker, Spzero76, Tom Blackford, Voyder

Until Sat 8th August 2015

@ Two’s Company Studios
(The old Veals / war gaming space)
61 Old Market St,
Bristol BS2 0EJ.

Open hours
Mon-Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat: 11am – 6pm
Sun: Closed

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