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The New Ambidextrous Universe Exhibition

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By an Artist Who's Equally Good at Everything
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When you describe someone as ambidextrous, it usually means that they can use their left and right hand with the same proficiency for completing tasks. It is an uncommon gift, and a very handy one too.

In the context of the Institute of Contemporary Art's latest exhibition, however, the term has taken on another meaning. The San Francisco born, Tauba Auerbach, could be described as an ambidextrous artist because of his multi-disceplinary range. Auerbach is equally skilled at sculpture, photography, painting, weaving. and book design.

Her most recent endeavour focusses on the use of two of these disciplines: sculpture and photography. The New Ambidextrous Universe, which runs until the 15th June explores the principles of symmetry to hint at the possibility of an alternative mirror universe.

The exhibit is free, but to gain a wider insight into her thought processes, you might also like to attend one of the ticketed events. On the 13th May, Professor Byron Cook discusses the aspects of combining art and science. On the 7th June, Auerbach, herself, will give a talk about her current interests, such as self-publishing.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 15th June
Phone: 020 7930 3647
Where: Institute of Contemporary Arts
Cost: Free
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