Angela Palmer: Adrenalin

19 November - 23 December 2014

The Fine Art Society Contemporary is proud to announce Adrenalin, a new exhibition of sculpture, light and sound installation and neon artwork from artist Angela Palmer.

Working in collaboration with Renault Sport F1, the artist has deconstructed the world’s most successful F1 engine, the RS27, with the help of their pioneering engineers at their F1 laboratories in Paris. The V8 engine powered Fernando Alonso to the world championship in 2006 and won a further four consecutive titles with Sebastian Vettel from 2010 to 2013. Renault design and build F1 engines for Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Lotus F1 Team, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Caterham F1 Team in the FIA Formula One World Championship.

The artist was supplied with the engineers' CAD drawings as well as unique engine parts from the V8, material normally guarded with the strictest secrecy to prevent industrial espionage. However a dramatic rule change from 2013 to 2014 saw downsized turbocharged V6 Power Units equipped with newly developed energy recovery systems replace the V8. It was this change that provided the unique opportunity for Renault to unlock its sensitive data to Palmer. Palmer's interest in engines began with the realisation that over 2 billion people in the world drive cars, yet few have any idea what lies under the bonnet:

'How many of us know what a crankshaft looks like, never mind its function? I wanted to peel back that mysterious layer and reveal the astonishing piece of engineering which creates this mechanical beating heart that’s so close to all of us, often all day, every day . Through the sculptures, I wanted to shift the focus from function and mechanism to the visual power of form and material'.