Current Exhibit


Sum explores ideas about the Contemporary Sublime through themes of performance, meditation, the Ego, escapism, technology and our engagement with the natural environment. It features sculpture, installation, 3D printed objects, sound recording and video by six emerging artists.

Curated by Ollie Adams

Venue: FaB 1, 15 New Bond St, BA1 1BA
Open 10am to 6pm – Sat 27 May to Sat 10 June
and 10am to 3pm Sun 11 June

Exhibiting artists:
Ollie Adams, Hannah Ball, George Bills, Hannah Dance, Jody Hamblin and Andy Walders 
Within the Arts, the sublime is defined as a quality of greatness beyond calculation, measurement or imitation. It is both awe-inspiring and fear inducing in its incomprehensible vastness. The sublime is the name given to that which we cannot encapsulate; it is the contemplation of infinity, it is transcendence, it is otherness. Sum explores how this idea fits into a contemporary context.
Traditional European notions of the sublime were conveyed through representations of the natural world’s might and magnitude, with ferocious volcanoes, relentless storms and untameable seas. The merciless power of Nature was shrouded in the mystique of the unknown and the unpredictable, undulating with a divine omnipresence, and set against the sometimes-heroic yet ultimately vulnerable image of mankind.
As our understanding of the natural world has evolved through scientific discovery, so too has our engagement with the sublime. Artists and writers of late have turned to digitalisation, government and capitalism, to name but a few examples, as a new source of sublimity, exploring their expanding vastness and their destructive potential.
Departing from the monumental physicality with which the sublime is often associated, Sum explores the complex psychologies of sublimity through performance, materiality and subtle technological application.