After Archimedes

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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

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Art in a Bookshell @ Milton Gallery 26 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.

Blind Lines

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.

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reveal/conceal @ House no.25 London N16, 26 November 2014
Six-hour wall drawings, covering in dark and uncovering in light, with Carali McCall and documented by photographer Marco Berardi, during the early stages of the internal demolition of a Victorian 4-storey house. Graphite durational wall drawing, 400 x 220 cm; Acrylic paint on glass durational drawing, 110 x 110 cm

365 drawings 365 dessins

Transitions in 365 drawings 365 dessins @ Openhand Openspace, Reading
24 – 27 September 2014, and forthcoming, Switzerland  6 – 17 May 2015
For this exhibition Cally Trench and Tineke Bruijnzeels made a drawing every day for a year, accompanied every week by a different guest artist. My seven sequential drawings reflect the shifting landscape observed while travelling between Hong Kong and New Zealand provided a further transition as the week went from 2013 into 2014. Through transitions of time, seasons and hemispheres the constant has been the mountainous terrain where the Hong Kong peaks morphed into the New Zealand Kaimai ranges.
White ink on 200gsm black paper; 14.8 x 76.5cm (14.8 x 10.5cm each)

The Blackest Black 2014

Performance drawing Line Dialogue (above left) and a selection of my paintings, drawings and photographs (above right) have featured in Jeremy Brock’s play, ‘The Blackest Black’, Hampstead Downstairs theatre 9 January – 8 February 2014

Artist friend and performance drawing collaborator, Carali McCall writes:
.. …Demonstrating the crossover from one artistic medium to another, writer Jeremy Brock took inspiration from artist Jane Grisewood, and as part of the second act of the play, a short version of Line Dialogue was performed by the actors as a  3-minute detail of our longer durational 1 to 2 hour drawing performances. … …
The following  extract from the interview with writer Jeremy Brock, discussing his new play,  with Hampstead’s features editor, Susie Benson, reveals the trigger for The Blackest Black: … … … Brock has always been interested in science ‘with an amateur’s obtuseness and enthusiasm’, especially the way scientists seem to ‘engage their imaginations and the whole of themselves’. But the trigger for The Blackest Black was meeting an artist, Jane Grisewood, at a party and hearing that she was just about to start a secondment at a US government observatory in Tucson: ‘All those feelings I’ve had about art and science suddenly came together and I realised I just needed to go.’ Laughingly he adds that it might sound ‘rather stalkerish’ but Grisewood was happy for him to research while she was completing her project, and watching the way she approached her work was very instructive…. … …
Read full interview: The Blackest Black 

see earlier post: The Blackest Black 8 February 2013
Hampstead Theatre
Director: Michael Longhurst   Designer: Oliver Townsend
Cast: Ian Bonar, John Light, Charity Wakefield
Photographs by Robert Day and Becky Paris, Hampstead Theatre