Ian Emes shows his masterpiece French Windows (1972), dating from his final year as a student at City of Birmingham Polytechnic (now BIAD). It is a visualisation of One of These Days, a track from Pink Floyd’s Meddle album. An extraordinary melange of pop and surrealism, animated ballet dancers move through three dimensions that stream with architectural geometry and lattice arrangements of clocks, window frames and boxes.
Ikon Icons sees the return of five key British artists from an exhibition programme starting in 1965, one artist per decade: John Salt (1960s), Ian Emes (1970s), Cornelia Parker (1980s), Yinka Shonibare (1990s) and Julian Opie (2000s). A presentation of work by each takes place consecutively during Ikon 50, in the Tower Room. The series is a major component of Ikon 50, the programme of exhibitions and events celebrating Ikon’s 50th anniversary.