Time Base and the Universe is an exhibition of approximately thirty works by the late British artist John Latham (1921-2006). Conceived with the artist prior to his death in January 2006, the show surveys the major stages of his career, spanning over fifty years.
The works in Time Base and the Universe investigate these ideas. In 1954, Latham was the first painter in England to use spray paint, a method that signified a least event on canvas (representing nothingness). In the early 1960s, Latham began working with books as a medium, creating relief structures emerging from plaster on canvas. This series of Skoob—"books" spelled backwards—works suggest a human presence and portray the divisions in knowledge that can emerge from a single source. Later works incorporated glass (the transparency of which renders it more minimal than a white surface), while the more recent cosmological A Cluster of 11, features exploding, globe-like masses of books, plaster, and wire.