Butterflies gently fluttering with their wings glowing in different colours, vibrant flower petals moving in the breeze, exotic birds with colourful plumage turning and watching you as you pass, Snow White and the Seven dwarfs, along with Mickey and Minnie interacting with you as you approach them, and a digital chess set…. British artist Dominic Harris has brought glowing colours and movement into the darkened Halcyon Gallery with his exhibition ‘Imagine’ which integrates the beauty of nature and the fun of pop culture with computer coding that brings the works to life as you pass by. Mesmerising and fascinating – a 21st interpretation of those beautiful botanical paintings that explorers used to create in centuries past.
Meanwhile also on show were works by Lorenzo Quinn whose ‘Building Bridges’ was one of the highlights of the Venice Biennale, hopefully located high enough that it was unaffected by the floods. It does seem a pity that Venice does not have a fund to acquire public work from the Biennale, but then perhaps it has no need as it has a changing art exhibition across the city every two years.