EMPIRE II – The Age of Anxiety @ Castello for the 57th La Biennale di Venezia
Exhibition runs : 13 May – 26 November 2017
Empire II, an artist-led satellite project, was devised and curated by Vanya Balogh for the 57th La Biennale di Venezia. London-based artists Jane Grisewood (NZ) and Carali McCall (Canada) are screening their short film, tensione: how is that going to work? 2017 at Castello for the Biennale. Filmed in the cold urban landscape, connected by 40 metres of elastic band, Grisewood and McCall repetitively twist and wrap the material onto structures forming horizontal lines, creating stress while testing endurance and reciprocity. (Camera: Sam Pinkstone)
The immersive film hub in Castello has ‘a three-chamber space: a library, single-screen darkroom, and a virtual reality port. Art, architecture, and cinema merged, thus creating an empire over the ruins and analog plastic media. Through the works of 115 international artists, Empire II reflects on the hybridization of modern media and of modern content, their coexistence in the Age of Anxiety and post-truth. It is our future present and our present future.’ (Quoted from the British Art(list) Line 2017during the Venice Biennale.) Accompanying the films are a number of varied events and an imaginative designed and produced by Victor Hotz Studio in Switzerland.
The first viewing as a multiscreen installation was on 18 April in Brussels during Art Week in the 18th Century warehouse situated in the Old Fish Market. The second viewing was on 25 April at The Corridor Gallery, London. Further venues have been discussed.
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) .
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.
Notes on a Table series, performance drawing,Drawn Together: Maryclare Foá, Jane Grisewood, Birgitta Hosea, Carali McCall, June – August 2016
Notes on a Table (Peckham) 5 June 2016 Notes on a Table (Kleine Red) 2 July 2016 Notes on a Table (Folkestone Green) and (Folkestone Blue) 25 August 2016, performance drawing @ Whelkboy Gallery, Creative Quarter, Folkestone Notes on a Table (Markings) 8–9 July 2016, ‘Markings: Illustration and Performance Festival’ @ Central Saint Martins, Granary Square Kings Cross London. Drawn Together performed in the Lethaby Gallery (drawing 240 x 128 cm). Along with live performances the festival included a symposium, film screening, workshops and exhibitions with broad themes on theatre, fashion and drawing.
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.
Aether Seminar, Friday 17 April, 1 – 4 pm Ground Floor Lecture Theatre, UAL, 272 High Holborn
In response to the exhibition, the co-curators Melanie King and Louise Beer discussed art and science and the philosophical implications of cosmological research with speakers Dr Michelle Lochner and Dr Donnache Kirk from UCL, and Dr Jane Grisewood from UAL.