WHEN IT'S GONE, IT'S GONE
An exhibition by Claire Tindale
4th March - 4th April 2017 | Open event Friday 3rd March 2017, 5-7pm
The title of the work He He is constructed from the chemical symbol for helium (He) while simultaneously referencing the laugh resulting from the surreptitious act of inhaling helium. He He is a developing, durational installation in the window area of the gallery which changes over the course of the exhibition. Commencing with an initial two balloons to mark the 2nd birthday of A Small View, a quota of balloons will continue to be added to the space over the subsequent Saturdays until the disposable canister of helium gas is completely empty.
The main gallery space houses the installation When It’s Gone, It’s Gone, which comprises a series of ‘helium’ balloons in various states of inflation which have drifted up to the ceiling. A closer inspection reveals, that these are actually miniature MRI scanners, which have become detatched from the patient tables below.
Helium is a finite resource, which dwindled to the point of scarcity in recent years until the discovery of a new reserve in 2016. It is an essential resource required in the operation of an MRI scanner and is the only element which, once released, escapes the Earth’s atmosphere completely and cannot be retrieved. When it’s gone, it really is ‘gone’!
When It’s Gone It’s Gone is an exhibition of work comprising installation and sculpture which expands on a piece commissioned by Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, for the exhibition Miniature World. Through a combination of miniature and full-scale objects, the work invites the viewer to consider our use of dwindling natural resources.