Carpe Noctum
Paul FryerWed 06 Apr 2005 - Mon 09 May 2005
Carpe Noctum is Paul Fryer's first solo exhibition. It comprised sculpture, photography, painting and constructions - including a massive lightning-generating machine.
Carpe Noctum is Paul Fryer's first solo exhibition. It comprised sculpture, photography, painting and constructions - including a massive lightning-generating machine.

Paul Fryer is both poet and artist in this show, bringing both realms of his life tangibly together. "These are my 3D electromagnetic poems. It's hard for me to say what the objects mean, but at the same time I think it's obvious. I have to make them, they are essential to me. I wanted to recreate the impression of an immersive world, or at least bring forth some of the inhabitants of it. This is a world that is real to me. One of the machines amplifies about a million volts of power, in the form of lightning. I have used high voltages because I believe electricity to be alive and divine in nature. The problem with trapping extremely high voltages in this way is that the power becomes demonic, and dangerous. You can sense this when it's running (Deus Ex Machina, the high voltage machine). The electricity makes an awful sound, and seems to be angry. The other machines are a giant light bulb and a land based propaganda machine of sorts. I have also made some Cyanotype prints based on plans of the objects, in attempt to know them better. Cyanotypes are blue, made from salts of Ferric Cyanide. This is where Prussian blue comes from, from Prussic Acid. The painting is of a rose."



The exhibition explored the artist's fascination and frustration with his own negativity, how he has tried to combat it, explore it, explain it, ultimately leading him to a status quo between him and the world.
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