VOID

VOID @ St John on Bethnal Green, London  21 June – 7 July  2016
Artists: Louise Beer, Jane Grisewood, John Hooper, Rebecca Huxley, Melanie King, Joshua Space and  Sarah Sparkes. Talk from Chris Welch, Professor of Space
Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.
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My Black on Black: series of 22 drawings plus one wall hanging explore darkness, blackness – the void – through different black paints on black paper (31 x 31 each/ installation 190  x 126cm; wall hanging 250 x 150cm). Black Hole series: 20 photographs present a typology of voids found in numerous locations around the world (21 x 21cm each / installation 164 x 135cm).  Blacker than Black:  The optical black surface was developed specially for space telescopes and satellites as it absorbs almost all light (30 x 30cm) .

Transit of Mercury

UCL Observatory, Mill Hill, London, 9 May 2016
At the observatory as an artist-in-residence it was thrilling to witness the transit of Mercury. Mercury is seen as a tiny black dot crossing the vast majestic red sun, our nearest star. My photograph was taken outside with a Sony compact camera through H-alpha filter on the Solarscope.
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Repetition & Recollection…

Selected for KALEID 2016 Collection of European-based artists’ books with a curated exhibition and seminar in Norway at Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo (Oslo National Academy of the Arts), 11 – 13 May 2016.

  • Acquired by:
    British Museum Collection, London
    Chelsea College of Arts Collection, London
    Tate Library Collection, London
    The Poetry Library, South Bank, London

Repetition & Recollection… is inspired by Søren Kierkegaard’s insightful dialectic from his 1843 book, ‘Repetition’ and is the essence of this book. Repetition and recollection are the same movement, only in opposite directions: for what is recollected has been, is repeated backwards, whereas repetition properly so called is recollected forwards.
Tactile words flowing in opposite directions across the folded pages echo the back-and-forth play between repetition and recollection. Recollection is confined to the past; or is it bringing the past into the present? Repetition, on the other hand, is in constant forward motion; or is it connecting the past to the future? Kierkegaard’s paradox remains. Double-sided concertina format 170 x 120mm; letterpress printed in Bembo; foil-blocked covers. Produced by Book Works, London.

Aether #3 London

Aether#3 @ Imperial College, London, 29 April – 23 May 2016

Accretion DSC04116lrThe artists, using various processes, explore seemingly unrepresentable and unimaginable phenomena in outer space. I am exhibiting Accretion: black hole & quasar, comprising two drawings, with co-curators  Melanie King and Louise Beer, and Emma Backlund, Myka Baum, Marianne Bjornmyr, Lucy Eldridge, Susan Eyre, Adam Ferris, Michaela French, Zanny Mellor, Lisa Pettibone, and Himali Singh Soin.
Accretion: black hole & quasar reflects positive and negative, stillness and movement. Ink on paper, each 40 x 50 cm.

 

 

 

Aether #2 Berlin

Aether #2 Berlin @ Jarvis Dooney Galerie, Berlin
20 February – 2 April 2016


Aether, co-curated by Melanie King, Louise Beer and gallery owner Michael Dooney, brought together 14 international artists who share a fascination with the universe and beyond.  Using various methods of photography they explore relationships between astronomy, matter, time and space.
Exhibitors: Louise Beer, Lauren Franklin, Michaela French, Jane Grisewood, Katie Goodwin, Osheen Harruthoonyan, Jaden Hastings, Barry W. Hughes, Melanie King, Clare Krouzecky, Casey Moore, Sophy Rickett, Kate Robertson, Maija Tammi.
My Black Light: Eclipse print sequence traces the moon crossing the sun during an annular solar eclipse, taken on 20 May 2012, 17:31pm to 8:38pm, at the McMath-Pierce solar telescope on Kitt Peak while artist-in-residence at NOAO, Arizona, USA.
Nine Giclee prints (30 x 24cm), edition of ten.

Mauna Kea: Sky Island

Artist-in-Residence at Mauna Kea observatories, Hawaii, USA 
1 – 28 November 2015

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The one-month Mauna Kea residency (following Kitt Peak in Arizona and Cerro Tololo in Chile in 2012) was a phenomenal experience, especially working with three significant observatories: Gemini (I was based in the headquarters in Hilo), Keck and Subaru . I spent hours observing the constant movement in the massive sanctuary-like structures where engineers worked tirelessly on Mauna Kea. The summit was breathtakingly beautiful and exhilarating, a ‘sky island’, towering 40% into the atmosphere at 4205 metres (13,796ft), despite the zero temperatures and low oxygen. Everything changed at sunset as a magical golden glow morphed into a deep red before darkness came. The experience of spending time in the three observatories was dramatic in every way, making it difficult to find words to describe the intensity and awe of seeing and feeling of this cosmological wonder.

Drawn Conversations

Notes on a Table,  Maryclare Foá, Jane Grisewood, Birgitta Hosea, Carali McCall), Drawn Conversations exhibition @ Coventry University
4 December 2015

Top right: Notes on a Table (Reunion) 2015  240 x 128 cm, graphite and coloured pencil on paper  Bottom: Notes on a Table (after John Cage) 2010 240 x 128 cm, graphite and black crayon on paper

‘Drawn Together’, formed in 2008, is a London-based group of four artists who collaborate on performance drawing projects and share theoretical and research interests. Working with graphite and light, sound and animation they perform drawing processes and address the relationship between the body and presence, time and space. Notes on a Table includes two large drawings (each two-hour duration) made while in conversation gathered around a rectangular kitchen table. The first drawing in 2010 was followed by a second one this year, on the same surface in the same space to prompt conversation on what drawing together again might mean, or change,  five years on. This exhibition curated by Jill Journeaux and Helen Gorrill was part of the Drawing Conversations symposium reflecting on collective and collaborative drawing experiences.