Conrad Shawcross: The Steady States

Long exposure photograph showing looped light trails in a warehouse space

26 November 2005 - 26 February 2006

Exhibition now finished

The Steady States introduces three major new works by Conrad Shawcross.

They combine his interest in sculpture, science and philosophy and demonstrate the intellectual rigour, technical dexterity and sense of drama associated with his work.

These specially commissioned sculptures - designed for the galleries in which they are shown - draw upon complex themes within the fields of cosmology, quantum mechanics and musical theory. The artist is particularly interested in how these elements combine and link with modern theories about the universe, such as ‘the big bang’ and ‘string theory’.

The exhibition takes its title from the ‘steady-state hypothesis’. This presented a theory about the creation of the universe that was eventually superseded by that of the 'big bang'.

To help get to grips with some of these complex theories, consult our handy glossary of scientific terms.

Find out more in our exclusive interview with Conrad Shawcross.

More about the exhibits

In the media

Alastair Sooke talks to Conrad Shawcross in The Telegraph.

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Conrad Shawcross: The Steady States is a collaborative project with The New Art Gallery Walsall. Conrad Shawcross is represented by the Victoria Miro Gallery, London.

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