THE latest work from an internationally-renowned artist and photographer will be premiered at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (NGCA) in two consecutive solo shows.

Dan Holdsworth has dedicated the last five years to creating two major bodies of work, both of which will have their premiere at NGCA. Dan has made his name through creating large-scale photographs and digital art characterised by innovative use of traditional photography techniques and has had solo shows at BALTIC and Barbican Art Gallery as well as group shows at Tate Britain and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

His first show, Continuous Topography, will be at NGCA from October 26 to January 6, 2019. It is Dan’s first moving-image work, after 20 years of working with large format analogue cameras.

Alistair Robinson, Director at NGCA, said: “In recognition of his talent and dedication, NGCA has awarded Dan two consecutive one-person shows. His first, Continuous Topography, focuses on a sequence of astonishingly detailed, large-scale digital animations that meld maps and composite photographs of a glacial Alpine landscape. The three-dimensional images of extraordinary natural beauty are formed from millions of points marked in space, each a millimetre-perfect registration of the precise contours of a specific topography. The result is an alien, ghostly world.”

To create Continuous Topography, Dan worked with academic geologists to map the contours of glaciers and rock formations using photography, drones, lasers and hi-tech software used by the military and climate scientists.

While Dan’s first show is on a minute level, his second exhibition, Spatial Objects (January 18 - March 17, 2019) sees images blown up to a huge scale. Rendered in the colours of the RGB digital palette, Spatial Objects presents a series of individual works of a single pixel marking a GPS co-ordinate of the Crater Lake, a protected National Park in the western United States.

The title Spatial Objects derives from a computing term that designates objects that exist within the virtual and real worlds.

“With Spatial Objects, Dan has created photographs of individual pixels, blown up to such an extent that they appear almost monumental,” explained Alistair.

“Our consecutive solo exhibitions recognise the depth and breadth of Dan’s innovative practice and his singular vision of landscape in a digital age,” he added.

The NGCA, which moved into the ground floor of National Glass Centre earlier this year, is open daily between 10am and 5pm and entry is free.

Dan Holdsworth was born in Welwyn Garden City, but now lives and works in Newcastle. Galleries which have public collections of his work include Tate Gallery, London; the V&A, London; the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna and the DG Bank Collection in Munich.