The Tate Modern Gallery has commissioned Ptolemy Mann (MA RCA) to create a triptych of 190cm square, site specific textile artworks for the public Restaurant on the 9th Floor of the Blavatink building in London. This series of artworks are hand dyed and woven viscose and mercerised cotton. From darkness to light; colour moves through a 24 hour cycle of each day. Cloth too surrounds us from the moment we wake and stays with us as we sleep through the night. Colour and light changes constantly through this eternal rhythm echoing the changes from darkness to light through the year, through the seasons. Geometric blocks in groups of 12 made up of 24 threads reveal themselves through the surface of the cloth
mimicking hours and the tick, tick, ticking of time passing.
Wall Text written by the Tate:
“Mann describes her work as ‘thread painting’. She dyes the long skeins of thread and then weaves them on a loom, embedding colour into the cloth itself. Circadian Rhythm was commissioned specifically for the restaurant. The three panels represent, from left to right: Darkness/Blackness/Night, Dawn/ Growth/Awakening, and Daylight/Warmth/Aether.
The strong colours seem to fluctuate and merge, suggesting cycles of darkness and light. Punctuating the panels are geometric patterns that consist of 12 columns and are composed of 24 threads. these numbers echo the hours in a day, and remind us of the slow, patient process of weaving.”
Circadian Rhythm can be viewed on the 9th Floor of the Blavatnik Building at the 9th Floor Restaurant at the Tate Modern Gallery, London. Feel free to drop by and see the work and admire the stunning view. Open to the public for drinks, lunch and dinner:
Opening times can be found here:
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