Otley gallery’s first birthday show will be heart-felt

Wharfedale Observer: Gallery owner Roberto Bono Gallery owner Roberto Bono

One of Wharfedale’s best-kept secrets is one year old this week.

Since the Bono Gallery in Otley was founded by Sicilian-born abstract painter Roberto Bono, one year ago, it has grown a community of local and international artists and creative thinkers while showcasing the work of a diverse range of artists.

The gallery is marking its first anniversary with a rare opportunity to experience a unique collaborative multimedia performance that mixes science, maths and medicine with painting and musical imagery generated by a beating human heart, performed by an Italian painter, a Greek academic and a Mexican scientist and artist for one night only on March 1.

The performance is the result of an international study-collaboration between academics and artists exploring the therapeutic potential of art to alleviate long-term health conditions, led by Professor Yiannis Papadopoulos from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hull and to which Roberto Bono has contributed a series of double-sided abstract panels that can be flipped and rotated.

The study – Generative audio-visual art for art therapy for long-term conditions – includes a conceptual artwork and scientific paper that is gaining international recognition having been presented at the XVI Generative Art Conference and exhibited in La Triennale di Milano, Italy’s main contemporary design museum.

On March 1 Roberto will perform an interactive demonstration of the study in which viewers can pause and interact with the presentation to modify the panel combinations at will, while Prof Papadopoulos discusses the concepts and philosophies underpinning this novel artistic concept and its future expansion, with potential applications on art therapy, novel musical instrumentation and educational games.

The live demonstration will be followed by a performance from Mexican artist-scientist and study collaborator Dr Alejandro Lopez Rincon who is visiting the UK for 24 hours especially to take part in this event.

Dr Alejandro will generate images around the gallery by mixing signals from his heart with electromagnetic noise and the sound of the gallery itself.

Members of the public are invited to visit the gallery to discover its permanent exhibition which includes works by a number of emerging local artists and find out about the gallery’s popular life classes and chess tuition club.

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