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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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.

Aether continued…

Aether SeminarFriday 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.

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.

reveal/conceal

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

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