The Performativity of Painting, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich Galleries. Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 11am - 4pm, until 16 February 2018
The Performativity of Painting, Artists' Talk, University of Greenwich Galleries and Creative Conversations
‘An experience of an artwork is an embodiment of space, within the work and around the work – the experience of the temporal’
The Creative Conversations initiative and University of Greenwich Galleries invite you to join the artists of the current Stephen Lawrence Gallery exhibition, on the afternoon of Saturday 10th February, to view and experience the work and to discuss the performative nature of painting.
‘What is the relationship between the artists and their artwork? What role does the gallery space serve in the staging and meaning of the work? How does the ‘framing’ of the gallery space alter the experience of the viewer? How can an artwork behold a viewer? How can a curation of works create thoughtful dialogue individually and as a collaboration?’
These are some of the topics that will be considered in an open forum with the artists Tobias Buckel, Liz Elton, David Lock, J.A. Nicholls, Selma Parlour, James Pimperton, Rebecca Molloy guided by participating artist and curator Alex Roberts.
For further details, and to register the event, follow the link on the Eventbrite page here
Schedule of the event: Saturday 10 February 2018, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich Galleries
1.30-2pm arrivals – Coffee, tea and cake provided
2pm Rebecca Molloy performance
2.30-4pm Public panel, open discussion, Q&A’s. Introduced and guided by Alex Roberts.
 Linday Seer’s commentary, elevated from the final panel discussion of the conference, ‘Folds in Time: Artists’ Responses to the Temporal and the Uncanny’, hosted by The Freud Museum, 4th July 2015. Part of The Freud Museum Festival of the Unconscious.
A choreographed meeting.
16 January – 16 February 2018, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich Galleries.
Artists: Tobias Buckel, Liz Elton, David Lock, J.A. Nicholls, Selma Parlour, James Pimperton, Rebecca Molloy, Alex Roberts
Painting – the performance of structures, fragments and use of space within the perceived painted frame, and the relating inherent surround.
In bringing together these artists, through their distinct individual accounts and methodologies, the exhibition, The Performativity of Painting offers the opportunity to consider site-specificity, theatrical tropes, depicted surfaces, staging and the interconnectedness of the artwork’s context (in the works’ content and proximity). In this sense, the exhibition will seek to address painting's embodiment of the performative space. Curator: Alex Roberts
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Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday: 11am-5pm, Saturday: 11am-4pm
Private view: Friday 19 January 2018, 6-8pm
Artists’ Talk: Saturday 10 February 2018, 1.30-4pm. To reserve a place please register here
Contact: Gallery Curator, David Waterworth firstname.lastname@example.org www.greenwichunigalleries.co.uk
STEPHEN LAWRENCE GALLERY, University of Greenwich, 10 Stockwell Street, London, SE10 9BD, Tel: 020 8331 9954
We would like to thank Dr. Ken Wilder for his insightful text, written specifically to accompany the exhibition. To download a copy of the E-Catalogue please click here
Dr. Ken Wilder is an artist and writer. Having practiced and taught architecture, he now makes site responsive installations and films. Based at Chelsea College of Arts, he is the University of the Arts Reader in Spatial Design. He has published widely on issues of reception aesthetics, including Bloomsbury’s 2016 anthology Painting: Critical and Primary Sources.
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