Capsid is the latest multi-media maximalist installation by London-based British artist John Walter (b.1978), best known for Alien Sex Club. Presenting a compelling, sometimes riotous and often surreal world incorporating 250 works of art, CAPSID is the result of collaboration between Walter and molecular virologist Professor Greg Towers of University College London.
This major exhibition addresses a crisis of representation surrounding viruses such as HIV, by bringing new scientific knowledge about viral capsids to the attention of the wider public. In turn, this scientific knowledge is enabling Walter to innovate artistic concepts such as collage, colour field painting and pattern-making.
Capsids are protein shells contained within viruses that help protect and deliver viruses to host cells during infection. The project uses the imagery and narratives associated with the ground breaking scientific research around capsids to create a new immersive installation featuring drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, costumes, videos, film and sound. With an emphasis on privileging the handmade, the awkward and the asymmetrical, the exhibition seeks to update the representation of HIV and other viruses using spatial design and a maximalist aesthetic.
CAPSID spans both galleries at CGP London – The Gallery and Dilston Grove, Southwark Park, SE16 2UA from 17 May – 8 July 2018. Times: Thurs – Sun 11am – 5pm. Admission: Free. Phone: 0207 237 1230.