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Archive for the ‘Sculpture’ Category
Open Studio Studio 17, Unit 0
Saturday 16th, Sunday 17th November
11.00 ~ 18.00
Second Floor Studios & Arts, Harrington Way, London SE18 5NR
Over 200 open studios, cafe overlooking the river, parking on site
Timepiece is a giant faceless clock created by artist Conrad Shawcross. Three rotating arms with lit up bulbs on the ends mark the hours, minutes and seconds, they move through the space at different speeds like inquisitive lit up probes, sending beams of light out across the dark room and the 24 pillars which surround the light sculpture, they cast moving shadows all going in different directions. The Conrad Shawcross installation, Timepiece, has been suspended in London’s Roundhouse for 3 weeks. During the installation, company Wayne McGregor I Random Dance, Siobhan Davies Dance and dance artist Iona Kewney performed in the space beneath the clock. I caught the last performance of Random Dance dancing Azimuth.
We sit on the floor in a big circle around the 24 pillars, the dancers enter the circle at different points from the darkness behind us. The audience are transfixed, the dancers move with such extraordinary speed, skill and agility, they run the circumference of our circle – time racing forwards at dizzying speed; sometimes their actions reflect the rotations of the Timepiece above, reminding us to be aware of the clock. Sometimes a solo, or a duet or everyone in movement. My drawings look crowded with bodies, I was loving the activity and speed of the dancers, so drawing an individual several times as he or she moved across the space.
Kings Place is the next venue to catch these fantastic dancers when they present Random Works 20 September, 21 September, then the company will be at Sadler’s Wells performing Atomos from 9 October and don’t miss Thinking with the Body an exhibition at The Wellcome Collection.
June 20th 2013
This weekend 21st – 23rd June, the Landmark Arts Centre is running a Midsummer Art Fair. Based in Teddington, the Landmark Arts Centre is housed in a 19th century former church complete with beautiful stained glass windows. My stand is 38, I am on a raised area at the front of the building.
I am selling 4 new etchings never seen before, so new that I haven’t yet photographed them, as well as the 3 sugar lift and aquatint etchings, part of the series with SUB, and also other etchings some framed, some in my browser, drawings and and smaller paintings.
The Call of The Tide
I am also showing (and hopefully selling) Marilyn, the wire sculpture I created to go on stage with Yolande York-Edgell while she performed the dance about Marilyn Monroe last year. Marilyn would be equally happy in a house, office entrance hall or garden she is made of galvanised wire and sprayed with lacquer.
Saturday May 18th and Sunday 19th 11.00am – 6.00pm
Studio 17, Unit 0, SFSA
Harrington Way, Warspite Road, London SE18 5NR
Force Fields. 2012. Oil and acrylic on paper
8th October 2012
On 21st September, 14 Lewisham College students from the BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma performed a dance they titled “Live Art” in the no format gallery during my exhibition, dancing amongst the work. To watch the performance filmed by Jack Thrush Lewisham College Media & Music Technician please see:
The brief had been to create a new piece of work using my art work as a starting point and inspiration. The Project Leader is Robert Nicholson. The project was a collaboration between myself and Lewisham College Dance department.
24th September 2012
My exhibition at no format gallery finished on Sunday evening, it’s been up for 10 days, lots of visitors to the gallery, many of the visitors know my work and came specifically to see the exhibition and buy, some were complete strangers who chanced upon the show on their way to or from The Reach Climbing Wall, parents collecting kids from the circus training area in Hangar Arts, some just out exploring on bikes.
All were welcome and many had interesting comments about the exhibition. Here are some comments from the visitors book:
“Wonderful work – so much energy, strength and life” J
“Love the work especially the sculpture with the poem” L
“Great show – fantastic movement depicted with beauty and feeling” C
“Great movement in all pieces” Ch
However responses from dancers I’ve worked with were perhaps the most meaningful. This next message is from Italian dancer Alessandra Ruggeri who I worked with making the YouTube film Chasing Shadows in 2009
“The body I see in your drawings is the body I feel as a dancer”
The 3 paintings below were made after spending 4 weeks drawing the Russell Maliphant Dance Company. One day in the Lilian Baylis Studio during a rehearsal, lighting designer Michael Hulls shone lights the colours of fire on the dancers bodies, as they moved they created pools of burning glowing light and for those moments they stopped being dancers and became mystical or other worldly.
Jack Jones from Yorke Dance Project who danced a solo on the opening night, realised that I must have also drawn him dancing in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake when he saw a painting on canvas derived from those drawings. (see below left)
I loved watching dancer Irina Baldini spend some time with the sculpture of her, (life size wire sculpture, Irina, above, but the woman pictured is not Irina the dancer). Probably the last time we shall see this sculpture as she now lives in a lawyers office in Essex (although I’d be happy to make her again to commission).
I enjoyed observing the students from Lewisham College walking around the gallery discussing my work, showing their response through movement, asking questions, chatting about the emotions that came to them when looking at the sculpture, drawings and paintings.
And of course I loved their dance created in 1 week specifically for a performance in the gallery by the students as a response to my work.
20th September 2012
My sculpture, Marilyn, is now in Bath ICIA theatre ready for the performance, Words Worth, tonight. The sculpture is of Yolande Yorke-Edgell in the dance Marilyn, inspired by a letter written by Marilyn Monroe to her psychiatrist after being committed to a clinic in New York after suffering mental exhaustion.
I drove to Bath on Tuesday with Marilyn lying in the back of the car.
Marilyn on stage
Yolande Yorke-Edgell on stage with the shadow cast from the sculpture
13th September 2012
Sally McKay: Multisensory experience and artistic images of the moving human figure
The gallery ready for the evening opening
Yolande York-Edgell and Jack Jones of Yorke Dance Project danced solos surrounded by my work in the gallery. The sculpture, Marilyn, will be leaving the gallery early next week to join Yolande York-Edgell on stage at Bath ICIA when she dances in the company’s World Premier of Words Worth.
Thanks to Nicholas Carn for filming the performance.