Lumen: School of Light

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.

 

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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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Aether #2 Berlin

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.

Mauna Kea: Sky Island

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.

Dancing with Sirius

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  • Acquired by the Tate Library Collection

Dancing with Sirius: lines of light   (series of prints and artist book, 2013)
In the high altitude of the Chilean Andes, the cloudless sky revealed a dazzling canopy of stars as night fell over the Atacama Desert, a stargazer’s paradise. Standing on the summit of the aptly named Cerro Tololo, ‘mountain in front of the abyss’, and surrounded by the imposing white observatories in the dark cold atmosphere, there was one star that captivated me – Sirius – the brightest star in the night sky, and visible in both southern and northern hemispheres. Hypnotised by its brightness and movement I spent most of the night with a handheld camera intent on following this one dominant star. The random choreographic gestures of my arms, like drawing in the air, created lines of light, ephemeral ghost-like threads danced across the sky as each one became suspended in time in my camera.
Artist book: 48 pages; 160 x 210 cm; 28 photographs; edition of 30; produced by Book Works, London

Region of the Stars

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Artist-in-Residence at CTIO, La Serena and Cerro Tololo, Chile
5 – 27 November 2012
The residency at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) headquarters in La Serena and observatories in the Andes followed the equally awe-inspiring Kitt Peak and Tucson experience in May (view The Blackest Black post ). Here, most of my observing was with the naked eye or digital camera under the immense starry southern hemisphere skies, highlighted one night by the dramatic Leonid meteors that split the sky with lines of light. The residency coincided with CTIO’s 50th Anniversary event and launch of the remarkable Dark Energy Camera (DECam) on the mountain. It was incredible to witness the first images coming from the DECam, the world’s most powerful digital camera, which is undertaking the largest survey of the southern skies to record information from millions of galaxies, billions of light years away, in the hunt for dark energy. The observing and the discussions with scientists and engineers on both residences have had a radical impact on my art practice and my way of ‘seeing’ the world. To view further information and images Click: www.janegrisewood.com