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.
Dancing with Sirius: lines of light, Lumen: School of Light @ Ugly Duckling, Bermondsey, London 3 – 5 February 2017 Invisible lines made visible through photographs of Sirius, the brightest star, taken on the summit of Cerro Tololo in the Chilean Andes during my artist residency. Following Sirius with handheld camera, random choreographic gestures were drawn in the air creating ephemeral ghost-like threads in the night sky. Photographic installation of 17 mounted matt black prints on Hahnemuhle photo rag (24 x 30cm & 24 x 60cm) total 150 x 150 cm.
Big Deal No7: Space @ Q-PARK 39, London 1 – 10 December 2016 Exhibiting The Eyes of Argus, the Submillimeter Array (SMA) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, detecting light of colour that is not visible to the human eye. Artlyst quotes: ‘A spectacular multimedia group exhibition in a multi-storey underground car park situated in the heart of Soho’s West End over the period of 10 days…It is an amalgamation of imaginary ideas and processes related and created as a response to the genre of Science Fiction, this exhibition features work in the media of sculpture, photography, painting, film, video and audio installations by some 100 international artists and guest students from RCA.’ Archival Giclee print mounted on Dibond (aluminium & composite board) 75 x 100 cm.
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.
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.