Performances by Vidmante Cerniauskaite and Wanda Zyborska
An Experiment – Vidmante Cerniauskaite
Repeat Transgressions – Wanda Zyborska, Music by Ann Matthews
As a child Wanda used to look at her mother’s medical books when she was at work (against her wishes): the before and after pictures, especially of skin diseases. Later Wanda became interested in the different aesthetics used to represent women in different contexts. For example, even in contemporary women’s magazines, in adverts for hair removal or fat reduction the old medical aesthetic comes back; for the ‘before’ pictures anyway. The women in the ‘before’ pictures always look slightly abject, their posture is slumped or careless, the lighting unflattering. It is a bit like the mug shots taken of criminals. In the past women who have wanted to make representations of aging or surgery, Jo Spence for example, have used this aesthetic in a challenging way. More recently artists have used glamour shots similar to those in the film, fashion or sex industries. In Repeat Transgressions Wanda attempts to find something else, something more surreal, and more universal, while relating it to her own very personal experiences of surgery, and her interest in performative becoming. In her work Wanda shows that which is usually concealed, to make public the private struggles between ego and unconscious, the delight of the new and the fear of the unknown.
Vidmante Cerniauskaite, Robert Moon and Lola O’Reilly. Vidmante, Robert and Andrew were artists in residence during the month of February. Lola was artist in residence in January and Wanda artist in residence August 2014
Robert Moon displayed sculptural works completed in 2014 made from canvas and hessian and new work completed during his residency. His residency aim was to respond to the mountain landscape and the topography of slate quarrying within it.
Lola O’Reilly exhibited copper plate drypoints printed on paper, hand-dyed with plants from around Corris and paintings on slate, as well as larger studies on paper of the local landscape – drawn from initial sketches done in situ, memory and feeling.
Failing to Matter – Wanda Zyborska, Veronica Calarco and Robert Zyborski
Stone Bone Boogie Printanimation 2010 – Gini Wade
Life and Death are indivisible. Atoms dance even in stone and bone. Dance is the essence of life and the human skeleton symbolizes Death. Stone Bone Boogie investigates the possibilities of extending still images drawn on a lithographic stone into the realm of movement, in other words, bringing them to life. Gini’s starting point was to watch many hours of dance videos on Youtube. She made drawings of Fred Astaire in action, that were the basis for two large lithographs showing a skeleton and a silhouette in 60 different dance positions. These were scanned into a computer. Gini’s next task was to find a suitable soundtrack. “Soul Power” by Kokolo, a New York band, was perfect as it references skeletons. The length of the animation was decided by the track- just over three minutes. Next a storyboard was made, planning each frame – using six frames a second.