Get A Taste Of The Good Life At Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery

| 29 July 2004
Shows a photograph of the entrance to Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery. The open doors reveal a sign which reads: "feedback loop Justin Carter July 17th - August 30th".

Photo: Feedback Loop. Courtesy Justin Carter.

Ever whiled away a Sunday afternoon in front of the Good Life imagining the possibilities of that scrap of land? Is self-sufficiency for you?

The latest exhibition at Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery, on show until August 30, might just provide the inspiration you need.

Feedback Loop, created by Justin Carter, turns Tom and Barbara’s dream into art as his solar powered ice-cream maker and cooker powered by organic waste take centre stage.

Produced as part of an Arts Council England/North East and English Heritage supported Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery Fellowship, the exhibition is all about exploring alternative ways to produce food.

Shows a photograph of a walled vegetable garden.

Photo: Photo: Feedback Loop - work in progress. Courtesy Justin Carter.

"The exhibition looks at the issues of sustainability and the environment, using food as the main focus," explained Justin.

"I hope that it will inspire visitors and make them think about the alternative, creative solutions for producing food that ends up on the plate."

Visitors to the gallery will be able to see Sustainable Indulgence, an ice cream maker that relies solely on solar power and is nicely in tune with the supply and demand economy - when the sun is hot, production from the ice cream maker soars to meet demand; when it’s cloudy it slows.

Shows a photograph of a free standing unit on top of which is a set of four kitchen gas rings and a saucepan.

Photo: Photo: Feedback Loop - work in progress. Courtesy Justin Carter.

Carter’s industrial Methane Digester uses organic waste from the small kitchen garden he has cultivated to produce gas, which in turn powers a domestic cooker.

There is also a film piece, A Bright Spark, which features a local electrician who has converted his van to run on used vegetable oil from Berwick fish and chip shops.

Outside, the artist’s garden provides an exhibit that suggests nature’s dominance over rules and regulations as potatoes, beans and cabbages grow over the markings of the old army gymnasium.

Justin Carter studied at Glasgow School of Art and the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago and his work has been included in New Contemporaries (2000) as well as exhibitions in Belfast, Exeter and London.

Shows a close up photograph of a radish in someone's hand. It has been recently pulled out of the ground.

Photo: Photo: Feedback Loop - work in progress. Courtesy Justin Carter.

His Berwick Gymnasium Art Gallery Fellowship follows a residency at Tate Liverpool and his work was recently included in the Whitstable Biennale.

Berwick fellowships are offered annually to professional artists and are an opportunity to respond to the rich architectural landscape of Berwick upon Tweed.

They are part of a developing contemporary arts programme delivered by English Heritage, which owns the building, in partnership with Arts Council England, North East.

It is a highly regarded opportunity with a chance to produce a new body of work shown in a solo exhibition and previous holders have gone on to become Turner Prize nominees.

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