Mourning Lines

Mourning Lines in ‘Book Act’ @ The Tetley, Leeds,  March 2014
Live performance  9 March 2014 accompanied by video (2006/2014)
and artist book (2010)

  • 3 book set in slipcase acquired by the Tate Library Collection

Since the first ‘ash walk’ in 2005, and subsequent video a year later, I have performed Mourning Lines many times in many different ways, from drawing lines on paper,  to simply walking between familiar and poignant places. For this event Mourning Lines comprised of three different media:
Performance: 30-minute performance drawing with invitation to the audience to participate; charcoal on paper, overall 500 x 75 cm
Video: Recording of live performance trailing ash on 500-metre walk between home and the village burial ground. DVD; silent; 9’42”; filmed and edited by Ron Suffield
Book:  Accompanying book with sequence of 7 graphite drawings made during walks.

Draw to Perform

Draw to Perform – Drawing Performance Symposium
@  Arebyte Gallery and ]performance s p a c e[ London
5-7 December 2013  Curated by Ram Samocha
Participating artists: John Court, Tony Orrico, Michel Platnic, dolanbay, Michael Namkung, Vera Martins, Daniel Ben-Hur, Judith ann Braun, Stuart Brisley, Robert Luzar, Kimbal Quist Bumstead, Katrina Brown, Ram Samocha, Hannah Turner Wallis, Nazir Tanbouli, Sally Madge, Jane Grisewood, Carali McCall, Maryclare Foá, Birgitta Hosea, Diogo Pimentão.

Draw to Perform curator Ram Samocha invited 20 artists to participate in the event, 10 giving live performances, including Carali McCall and myself. With cameras strapped to our bodies, we repeatedly marked the wall with charcoal and graphite as we moved back and forth throughout the 30-minute duration of the line dialogue performance. The 3-day symposium included evening video screenings as well as live drawing performances and discussions led by Ram Samocha, Nick Kaye, Professor of Performance Studies, University of Exeter and selected artists. Samocha writes: ‘The symposium will concentrate on the connection between performance art and drawing and the relevance of drawing as a modern medium. The symposium includes video screenings, live drawing performances, talks and lectures by artists and art historians.This symposium aims to promote the growing stream of live drawing performance, to distinguish it as a unique entity and allow it to rise from the eclectic, wider definition of performance art.
The twenty participating artists all consider their body of work to be fundamentally concerned with drawing, in that for them drawing connects elements of line, movement, space and time.’

VIEW http://vimeo.com/80489035

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

e·mer·gence … to become visible

Emergence

@ 16th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Leeds
 Friday 8 March – Saturday 9 March 2013

  • Acquired by the Tate Library Collection, London
  • Selected for KALEID 2013 curated exhibition by an international jury from MoMA Library, USA, V&A Museum, UK and Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium

e·mer·gence I and e·mer·gence II first exhibited with AMBruno artist book collective in Leeds (March 2013). Since then they have been shown at Arnolfini in Bristol (April 2013) and Baltic in Newcastle (June 2013). Inspired by observing star formations and John Latham’s ‘least event’ structure, and using elements of control and chance, the drawings express the shortest time in which I can create a mark – the second – the base unit of time. Selecting 16, a random number to determine the quantity of drawings, duration, process and format, instigated the chance element, while paradoxically creating a predetermined framework.
Each 16 leaves (32 pages); 16 x 16 cm; 16 ink drawings; indigo print; edition of 32; produced by Book Works, London

Obscuring the Light

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Winter Print Show @ North House Gallery, Manningtree, Essex
1 December 2012 – 19 January 2013
Black Light: Eclipse, exhibited at North House Gallery, include two series, each of nine prints in editions of ten (30x24cm / 66x54cm), Giclee printed on 300gsm Somerset paper. The sequence of photographic prints traces the moon crossing the disc of the sun during an annular solar eclipse. The images were taken on 20 May 2012, 17:31pm to 8:38pm, at the McMath-Pierce solar telescope on Kitt Peak while I was artist-in-residence at NOAO (National Optical Astronomy Observatory), Arizona, USA.

View earlier Black Light post for artist book.

On Duration

JG on duration

Performance Research, Volume 17 No. 5 October 2012
Published by Routledge ISSN 1352-8165 (print) ISSN 1469-9990 (online)
To view article Click: On Duration 

LINE DIALOGUES: MARKING TIME AND PROCESS
Jane Grisewood and Carali McCall
The artists’ pages in Performance Research journal’s On Duration October issue present images from our performative-based art practice, which interrogates the relationship between drawing and performance to explore themes of duration, movement and the transmission of energy. The repetitive and continuous action of mark-making in the one to two-hour performances identifies the body as a tool to stretch time and record temporal presence, while challenging how the body experiences duration through drawing. Carali and I have collaborated on drawing performances in the UK and abroad for six years, most recently the two-hour Line Dialogue 5 at the opening of the ‘Again and Again and Again’ exhibition, Vancouver Art Gallery, Canada (view also Again and Again post).