Art and music 'collide' in new exhibition

Leeds Art Gallery brings a new experience to its visitors in an exhibition that is running from Saturday 19 September.

Visual artist Kevin Laycock combines forces with music composer Michael Berkeley in a uniquely collaborative project 'Collision' exploring the relationship between music and colour through a series of artworks synchronised to a musical score.

Kevin Laycock is an abstract painter whose works appear to give an order to colour through geometric lines and shapes in systems which responds to musical theory, colour and form, Working with Michael Berkeley the well-known broadcaster behind BBC Radio 3's 'Private Passions' and also a significant composer in his own right, they align the theory of music with the colour scale, The outcome: a frieze of digital 'wallpaper' projected onto the gallery wall that creates an immersive visual environment animated by Berkeley's soundscape - a combination of recorded, electronic and acoustic music.

A series of Laycock's framed paintings help trace the development of the collaboration  and Laycock's endeavour to create the approaches and systems underlying his visual response to music.

Later at the Gallery, starting on 11 December, an exhibition 'Construction and its Shadow' brings together works - paintings, reliefs and sculpture, from a neglected generation of British artists, including Jeffrey Steele, Gillian Wise and Anthony Hill who took their lead from revolutionary Soviet artists and the architecture of their day to create radical new art  that worked within precisely controlled systems. Laycock himself acknowledges a debt to these artists. The exhibition, curated by Andrew Bick, is called 'Construction and its Shadow' because it includes a younger generation of artists leading a revival of interest in construction and systems art today.

Michael Berkley, whose work has been played all over the globe by some of the world's finest musicians, will be at Leeds Art Gallery on Sunday 12 December to take part in a special event, supported by the Leeds Art Collections Fund, in which he discusses the nature of this pioneering collaboration with Kevin Laycock.

Collision is on view at Leeds Art Gallery from 19 September until 23 January 2011. The Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am - 5pm, from 12 noon - 5pm Wednesday and 1 - 5 pm Sunday, Admission is free.

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