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Being Human: Seeing Ourselves 2023


Andrew Carnie continues his creative exploration of the human body at the West Downs Gallery this autumn in this rare solo exhibition in the UK.


Wall-mounted drawings, watercolours, drawing machines, and inflatables feature in this project which examines ideas around metabolism, sunlight, sleep, and vitamin D. The work represents a journey set up by Carnie as a way of creatively thinking through making.


Expanding upon his continuing interest in the visual representation of the body and nature, this exhibition focuses on drawing, painting, and sculpture, instead of his usual large-scale immersive video works, engaging audiences in how we see ourselves through the world of science.


Process compliments ideas, through four formats:

A series of small drawings and paintings, inserted into plastic pockets to make larger more encompassing works, anatomical drawings crisscrossing with each other and other small images, some created by staff and students at the University of Winchester

Drawing machines that take control of the process out of Andrew’s hands, focus on the idea that we do not end at our skin, that independent organisms are at work within and at the very heart of ourselves. Made with support from Bryn Lloyd from the University of Winchester.

• A set of inflatable works made with cloth-covered meteorological weather balloons and fans driven by sensors, inflating and deflating, bodies in action, the world breath.

• A set of watercolour works made in response to ideas about the metabolism as the project has developed and as Andrew navigates his own changing (failing?) body as he ages.

West Downs Gallery

University of Winchester

Romsey Rd, Winchester SO22 5FT

11 October – 15 December 2023

8am-6pm Mon-Fri

8.30am-4pm Sat

WEST DOWN GALLERY: The West Downs Gallery is sited within the West Downs Centre on Romsey Road, our flagship campus development. The Gallery hosts a programme of exhibitions across the year, and aims to show creative work of the highest quality to inspire debate and participation between creative professionals, academics, students and the public.

Visiting the West Downs Gallery

The Gallery is open from 8am until 6pm Monday to Friday and 8.30am until 4pm on Saturdays. The West Downs quarter is a short walk from the Winchester city centre. As there is no car parking on campus for visitors, we encourage you to make use of the Winchester Park & Ride, or to use public transport. Buses stop directly outside the West Downs Centre on the Romsey Road.

Andrew Carnie, 'Sunny side up', 2023, Watercolour on Hahnemuhle Leonardo Paper in pockets approx 174 x 174 cm

Andrew Carnie, 'In Plant', 2023, Kinetic sculpture with 3D pens approx 184 x 152 x 46 cm

Andrew Carnie, 'Light Well', 2023, Watercolour on Hahnemuhle Leonardo Paper approx 39 x 29 cm


Andrew Carnie, 'Surya Namaskar', 2023, 500-gram meteorological balloon, muslin bag, fan, and sensor, 95 x 140 x 90 cm

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