25 March - 18 June 2006
The Harris Museum and Art Gallery was the opening venue for this major touring show.
You'll Never Know drew together a fascinating collection of works by artists who allowed chance and unpredictability to help create their art, for example, by using low-tech print-making or exposure to fire and weather.
The exhibition featured works by thirty-three contemporary artists and a number of major new works could be seen here for the first time:
Keith Tyson's 100 Art Iterations consisted of ideas such as a painting that can be ordered like a takeaway pizza with 'Jackson's drips' and 'Barnett's stripes' as possible toppings. New drawings by Ian Davenport used syringes to drip brightly coloured paint in delicate lines down the page, and Richard Long's drawings used mud from the River Avon splashed onto card.
Some artists used natural elements such as wind and heat to influence the process of their work:
Tim Knowles adapted the branches of different trees as drawing instruments. In Alice Maher's quirky etchings vegetable dye was applied to snails' tails, their paths recorded on paper along with her own compositions.
Digital systems were used by Layla Curtis to track the wayward journeys of bottles thrown into the sea, with the results creating a real-time drawing of their progress. Damien Roach's video installation showed live film of a brightly lit area of the gallery floor, following dust particles as they were disturbed by draughts and human activity.
The exhibition was accompanied by a range of activities for all the family.
Artists in the Exhibition:
Anna Barriball, Anne Bean, Ian Breakwell, Paul Cassidy, Stephen Cripps, Layla Curtis, Ian Davenport, David Farnham, Jem Finer, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Ori Gersht, Rebecca Horn, Mona Hatoum, Claude Heath, Tim Knowles, Tania Kovats, Henry Krokatsis, Richard Long, Alice Maher, Brice Marden, Cornelia Parker, Steven Pippin, Damien Roach, Ed Ruscha, Keir Smith, Keith Tyson, Mark Wallinger, Klaus Weber, John Wood and Paul Harrison.