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.
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) .
Aether#3 @ Imperial College, London, 29 April – 23 May 2016
The artists, using various processes, explore seemingly unrepresentable and unimaginable phenomena in outer space. I am exhibitingAccretion: 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.
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.
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 paperBottom: 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.
After Archimedes, Re Object exhibition @ The Tetley Art Centre, Leeds 5 – 22 March 2015 The simplicity of a wooden wedge sent to me by curator Sophie Loss inspired this 3-D graphite drawing, along with a similar wedge I’d just seen at John Latham’s Flat Time House. It triggered thoughts back to Archimedes’ wedges and forward to the 20th-century geometric abstraction of Lygia Clark’s sculptural Cocoons, both underpinning the 3-D drawing (30x30 x5cm, Perspex box frame 33x33x6cm)
Art in a Bookshell @ Milton Gallery26 February – 17 March 2015 A survey of artists working with and inspired by books. My work in the exhibition included Black on Black, Black Light book and prints, Line Journeys (Mourning Lines; Drift Lines; Ghost Lines) in slipcase and September: 30hours30days (right), large graphite drawing 152 x 106cm on 400gsm paper.
Perform-ance Confer-ence @ Dove Street Studios, Norwich 28 November 2014 Blind Lines, two-hour performance drawing, with eyes closed throughout, using the wall as a canvas. The audience was invited to replicate the action and sensation of drawing ‘blind’ on the gallery wall. The event explored the relationship between artist and audience, and questioned the response to live action. Presented by Hannah Turner Wallis.
Supported by Norwich Arts Centre and Other/Other/Other.