18th November 2012
Open Studio today. 11am – 6pm.
I’ll be there with my work and demonstrating wire sculpture construction Studio 17, Unit 0
13th September 2012
Hanging the exhibition with Gallery Director Matthew Wood
Sculpture, paintings, drawings, etchings and sketch books ready to be viewed this evening
If you can’t make tonight I will be at the gallery tomorrow 11.00 – 5.00pm and at the weekend, 15th and 16th September 11 – 6pm. Next week the gallery will be open Friday 21st 11.00 – 5.00pm with a performance at 2.30pm from Lewisham College dance students.
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd 11.00 – 6.00pm will be your last opportunity to see the exhibition at no format gallery.
28th August 2012
Wonderful day with choreographer Marc Brew and his company Marc Brew Company at Greenwich Dance, drawing during the rehearsal of Fusional Fragments. Fusional Fragments will be performed at Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Unlimited Festival, on Friday with drummer Dame Evelyn Glennie playing live on stage. Lots of small pencil drawings and 1 large one on brown wrapping paper.
While I’ve been preparing for my exhibition I haven’t been able to spend time with the dance companies drawing and have been missing the live drawing, missing the dancers, missing the speed, energy and collaboration.
Sally McKay: Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure
Irina. Life size wire sculpture, dancer Irina Vainio
no format gallery Thursday 13th September - Sunday 23rd September
Opening times: Fri 14th, Sat 15th and Sun 16th September. Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd September and from 17th – 21st September by appointment (07803 609977)
Opening night Thursday 13th September 5pm – 9pm dance performance by Yorke Dance Project at 7.30pm
The exhibition is in conjunction with freelance writer Stephen Baycroft
Russell Maliphant Dance Company rehearse The Rodin Project. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 127 x 91cm
I will show life size wire sculpture, paintings, framed and unframed drawings and etchings
no format gallery, 2nd Floor Studios, Harrington Way, Woolwich, London SE18 5NR
17th April 2012. News
Desh by Akram Khan won Best New Dance Production. I would love the opportunity to draw Akram Khan Company while they are rehearsing. In 2010 I watched Confluence, a collaboration between Akram Khan and musician Nitin Sawhney and also Gnosis, both were fabulous.
Metamorphosis, Arthur Pita’s wonderful interpretation of Franz Kafkas’s dark novella of a traveling salesman who wakes one morning to find himself transformed into a giant insect, was nominated but didn’t win. I drew this dance during the rehearsals, truly it is tragic and beautiful.
Outstanding Achievement in Dance was won by Edward Watson, for his performance in The Metamorphosis. (see above).
Tuesday 10th April 2012
The Royal Ballet are performing a triple bill at The Royal Opera House until April 23rd. Polyphonia choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, Liam Scarlett’s Sweet Violets and Carbon Life choreographed by Wayne McGregor.
Polyphonia (2001) to music by Gyorgy Ligetti opens the evening. I loved the clean abstract lines created in the dance. I drew in pencil in small sketch books, in the dark.
Polyphonia, choreographer Christopher Wheeldon
In a total contrast the ballet that follows, Sweet Violets, is a narrative ballet exploring the British Impressionist painter Walter Sickert’s macarbe fascination with and possible link to Jack the Ripper, set to Rachmaninoff’s music of piano, violin and cello, played live and beautiful. Sweet Violets is confusing to say the least but interesting to draw.
Sickert founded the Camden Town Group of artists, his paintings were painted in a dark palette, sometimes quite seedy and often haunting. He used prostitutes as models which upset the public, apparently he wanted the nudes he painted to look ‘ordinary’ not in idealised poses. Some beautiful drawings by the Camden Town Group are on show at Tate Britain until May 7th.
Finally, Carbon Life by Wayne McGregor is a huge treat. Wonderful lighting by Lucy Carter, a band playing live at the back of the stage are joined by singers, Boy George, Alison Mosshart, Hero Fisher, Jonathon Pierce and rapper Black Cobain. Fashion designer Gareth Pugh has designed mad and gorgeous monochrome costumes, some of which restrict the dancing, as in Bauhaus. The dancing is fabulous, everything feels extreme, hyperextended arched backs, very high legs, almost impossible twists and turns, I smile from start to finish and love drawing this ballet – it’s so dark I can’t see the paper, I have no idea what I’ve drawn until I’m in the train home and take a look in my sketch book.
above left: Rapper, Black Cobain joins the dancers
below: fabulous costumes by Gareth Pugh
I’d like to take some of these drawings further, though I’m not sure which direction, certainly to sugar lift or soft-ground etchings, possibly a painting in oil on canvas. My ideal would be to make a full size wire sculpture showing the extraordinary moves and crazy gorgeous costumes in Carbon Life, unlikely as for the sculpture I only work to commission.