Andy Charalambous: Singularity

Singularity is a site specific installation commissioned by Ruskin Gallery at the Working Men’s College.  The installation was displayed for two weeks during December 2011.

There are many different definitions available for the word singularity.  Some can describe technological singularities whilst others establish gravitational, or mathematical singularities.

The specific installation attempts to visually describe density singularity, which is usually done by showing a two dimensional plane that has a conical depression, a bit like pressing a finger into a stretched rubber sheet.   Charalambous had stated that he has always imagined lines coming to or from the single point.  Here at the Ruskin Gallery he has translated his scientific endevour into an artistic experience, that is at once as ephemeral and transient as single point of beginning or  end.

Andy Charalambous is a final year FdA fine art student at the Working Men’s College, as well as being Artist in Residence for the Particle Physics group at University College London.

For more information on the artist, please feel free to contact the curator, Erica Shiozaki, or follow the links below.

 installation view 1

Installation view 2

 installation view 3

About ruskingallery

The Ruskin Gallery is located at the Working Men's College in Camden. Ruskin Gallery is a contemporary gallery located in the historic building of Working Men’s College in Camden. In addition to providing students the opportunity to show at a professional level, the exhibition programme at Ruskin Gallery involves inviting external artists for site specific projects. The Ruskin Gallery is run by curator Esther Windsor, who is a curator, artist and writer living and working in London. Working Men’s College (WMC), the oldest surviving adult education institute in Europe, was founded in 1854 and was associated with the Cooperative Movement and the Christian Socialists, stemming, from the same tradition that led later to the Worker’s Educational Association. The Working Women’s College, founded 10 years later in 1864, finally merged with WMC in 1967. Early supporters of both have included F D Maurice, John Stuart Mill, Tom Hughes, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Ford Maddox Brown, Walter de la Mare and Octavia Hill. Originally based in Red Lion Street, we have been in this listed building in Camden Town since 1905. We have continued to develop the tradition of liberal education and today the College serves the whole community, with women, unemployed and refugee students forming the majority of the student body. We have grown rapidly in recent years but are still small enough to know all our students and to respond to their individual needs. WMC was designated as a Specialist Designated Institution (SDI) under the 1992 Further Education Act.