Remember the Road Runner Show? Simple in its premise, the Road Runner, a flightless cartoon bird, is chased down the highways of the south western United States by a hungry cartoon coyote, named Wile E. Coyote (a pun on "wily coyote"). Despite numerous clever attempts, and the use of a variety of ludicrous devices from that fictitious mail-order company ACME, Wile E. Coyote never catches or kills the Road Runner.
But wouldn't it still be cool if there really was an ACME company? Inspired by The Road Runner Show Artist Tom Estes enters the realm of Loonytune physics to create a successful science and pop-media crossover, by making a ‘Portable Black Hole’ from the darkest material ever made. The carpet of carbon nano- tubes, on show at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, reflects 0.045 percent light, making it 100 times darker than a black-painted Corvette according to researchers from Rice University, The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and NASA.
Estes' work Portable Black Hole is part installation and part performance and functions according to shifting locations and contexts. The aim is to move the ‘Portable Black Hole’ around so that it is interspersed between the existing sculptures and the paintings of a museum collection. 'Portable Black Hole is intended as a visual metaphor for 'the disappeared'. The work is intended as a reminder of the multiple, idiosyncratic pockets of forgotten histories; of absence and the unseen and unrepresented; multiple conflicting realities that exist side by side with official or recorded ‘histories’.
On this occasion, Portable Black Hole is sited at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, alongside sculptural works from the collection, and important works on loan a major new exhibition 'The Sculpture Show'. Featured artists include Rodin, Degas, Hepworth, Moore, Giacometti, Duchamp, Hirst, Lucas and others, along with photographic and film documentation and with Ron Mueck's enormous A Girl which returns to the Gallery from its world tour.
As part of the work members of the audience and visitors to the museum were asked to take pictures of the performance on their own cameras or on a communal camera that is passed around. In this way the audience becomes not only involved with the documentation of the performance but part of the Live Art action. The pictures of the performance and the audience participation were then published on social networking sites for another online audience to view.
Co-ordinated by Embassy Gallery in Edinburgh, Annuale 2012 looks as exciting as ever, with plenty of arts events happening all over the city. Check out Tom Estes’ performance installation Portable Black Hole at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art on 8 June, which promises to be produced from the darkest material ever made.
You can read more about the artist by going to: www.TomEstesartist.com