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Wanderers through a sea of fog, an artist talk at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

In 21 Prescot Street, Aldgate, Art Video, Artists Talk, Artprojx, David Blandy, David Gryn, Film and Video, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, Terry Smith on 29/03/2014 at 7:18 am
Terry Smith

Terry Smith – About Face, 2013

Wanderers through a sea of fog:

A talk by artists; David Blandy, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, Terry Smith and curator David Gryn about the Film and Video Art Commission for the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Date: 6.30pm on Tuesday 15 April 2014

Venue: Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB

The College President, Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE FRCPsych, will introduce the talk.

The artists were selected and commissioned to create a moving image work for the foyer of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ new building at 21 Prescot Street.

Their art works were conceived and modified specifically for the new space and their presentation on a bank of three screens, offering staff, members and visitors contemplative and a visual provocation.

The College’s decision to prioritise the inclusion of contemporary art in this way signals both a recognition of psychiatry’s importance to visual and aesthetic culture, as well as the importance of the institution to work with a wide array of partners from across the cultural spectrum.

The lecture will begin at 6:30pm prompt and will be followed by a drinks reception. Please note: there is a charge of £5 per place to attend this lecture, payable on the evening.

Places are limited for this event and will be allocated on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.To reserve your place, please email Thomas Kennedy at tkennedy@rcpsych.ac.uk by Monday 14 April 2014.

http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/usefulresources/rcpsychenewsletters/enewsletters2014/april2014/eveningevent.aspx

 

About the artists:

David Blandy

David Blandy – Wanderer Through a Sea of Fog, 2013

David Blandy – Wanderer Through a Sea of Fog, 2013

“Wanderer Through a Sea of Fog” is a three screen video work that forms a meditation on our relationship to the sublime in the digital age. The work documents an unending transition between psychological states, a passage of the soul, from fog to clarity, with the constant presence of the “dark wood” of Dante’s Comedy. A digital version of the artist, as though exited from an old computer game, walks through landscapes formed from adapting and combining paintings by the Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich. Our environment has changed, as we move to a more digitally-mediated life, but our anxieties, confusion and awe in the face of nature remain.

David Blandy is an artist who investigates our relationship with the popular culture that surrounds us, investigating what makes us who we are. Blandy has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including Kiasma, Helsinki; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Baltic, Gateshead, and was the recipient of the Great North Run Moving Image Commission 2011. In 2010 he was Winner of “The Times/The South Bank Show Breakthrough Award”, and he is represented by Seventeen Gallery. His films are distributed through LUX.

 

 

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Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski – Solstice, 2013

Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski – Solstice, 2013

Shot over the course of a few days prior to the Glastonbury Festival 2013, on the ley line running through the Vale of Avalon, Solstice is an exploration of the histories, landscape and atmosphere of what has come before and what will be. A landscape film in which the artists play with light and architecture to create a dreamy montage of loosely connected and at times abstract imagery, leaving the narrative up to the eye of the viewer. A poetic offering of something that is both myth and reality.

Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski live and work in London. Their multi-disciplinary practice encompasses video, music, performance, installation, screenprints and sculpture. Their work has been shown in London, New York, Berlin and Paris. Recent group exhibitions include Oblique at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; Les Urbaines, Lausanne, Switzerland and E-Vapor-8 at 319 Scholes, New York. Recent performances by their band Das Hund include Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Zabludowicz Collection, London and Cell Project Space, London. Their Artists Commission was published in Issue Ten of Art Licks Magazine, which also featured them on the cover. Their 2012 solo exhibition Danse-moi vers la fin de l’amour was the culmination of a two year project by the artists, exploring the freedoms that result from the hedonistic ritual of dance. In 2011 they were shortlisted for the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Award with The Whitechapel Gallery. They also run French Riviera a gallery space in Bethnal Green, London, which operates as an extension of their long-standing collaboration.

 

Terry Smith – About Face, 2013

In the diagnosis of many physical and mental conditions observation is paramount. But every day we all make decisions about our fellow travellers by their dress sense, demeanour and disposition; we have soft forensic eyes that observe constantly. Artists have used portraits and in particular self-portraits to explore the nature of looking and being looked at, this work About Face attempts to bring this painting characteristic to the moving image. Assembled from hundreds of still images, this is a stop-motion animation synced to three screens.

Terry Smith lives and works in London’s East End. He has created large-scale installations and site-specific interventions worldwide since 1994. The building interventions began with a series wall cuts in houses ready to be demolished in East London by gaining illegal entry and making the work in secret. Other works that evolved from this period include Capital, 1995 an intervention in Gallery 49 at the British Museum, six wall cuttings at Tate Modern during its reconstruction in 1996, and at MACBA, Barcelona where he fired 35,000 staples into the walls of the museum.

Preoccupied with exploring and experimenting in new media, recent projects, have included Broken Voices 2007, The Foundling 2009 both works that incorporated a tour of performances from Liverpool to Venice, and made a series of works for a choir in Caracas, Venezuela called Caracol 2010. In 2011 his solo show Parallax, curated by David Thorp at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, brought together for the first time many of the diverse strands to his practice. In 2012 he made two performance works, Combine and Unsung. In 2013 he has had a major presentation of his work in New York, one in partnership with the New Museum and Ideas City, which consisted of a 20m x 12m drawing on the outside of buildings in the East Village, and the other at The Drawing Center.

Curator

David Gryn / Artprojx

David Gryn is an internationally renowned art curator and was instrumental in selecting and working with the artists for this project. Gryn screens, curates and promotes artists’ moving image and other art projects, working with leading contemporary art galleries, museums, charities, art fairs and artists worldwide.

http://www.artprojx.com

 

Artprojx Newsletter October 2013

In Art Basel, Artprojx, David Blandy, David Gryn, Frieze Art Fair, GalleriesNow, Jane Bustin, Lux, Meredith Danluck, Miami Beach, Nina Danino, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, Terry Smith, Video Art, Zarya on 11/10/2013 at 2:01 pm

Artprojx Newsletter October 2013

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Artprojx related projects include:

Nina Danino 12-23 Oct

Art, Cinema and the Soul – talk 22 Oct

David Blandy, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, Terry Smith – RCP. Oct

Nick Abrahams – ZARYA 1-15 Oct

Meredith Danluck – ZARYA 16-31 Oct

ART:FILM Think Tank and Public Panel – Frieze 17 Oct

Jane Bustin in Jerwood Drawing Prize – Oct

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 – Film program – 5-8 Dec

Communion by Nina Danino

Communion by Nina Danino

Artprojx Cinema presents COMMUNION, 35mm, 10 mins (2010) by Nina Danino,

a film installation at Heath Street Baptist Church, 84 Heath Street, Hampstead, London NW3 1DN

12-23 October 2013. Screening time 12 noon – 6pm (except Sundays 1- 6pm)

Communion by Nina Danino is a portrait of a young girl filmed by cinematographer Billy Williams BSC, creating a silent, translucent image, which draws on the paradox between beauty as iconic, secular glamour and as religious interiority.

Communion installation at Heath Street Baptist Church by Nina Danino (photo by Barbara Monteiro)

Communion installation at Heath Street Baptist Church by Nina Danino (photo by Barbara Monteiro)

Tuesday 22 October, 6.30 – 8pm: “Art, Cinema and the Soul” a discussion including Nina Danino (artist), Sarah Cooper (writer, lecturer), Ewan King (Minister of Heath Street Baptist Church), Gilda Williams (curator, art writer and critic). Heath Street Baptist Church, London. Followed by drinks.

http://www.artprojx.com/communion_nina_danino.html

https://davidgryn.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/communion_by_nina_danino/

http://www.galleriesnow.net/shows/communion/

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Still: David Blandy – Wanderer through a sea of fog

Royal College of Psychiatrists. Film and Video Art Commission, 2013 at 21 Prescot Street. OCT 2013

David Blandy – Wanderer through a sea of fog. Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski – Solstice. Terry Smith – About Face. Curated by David Gryn.

The foyer of the Royal College of Psychiatry’s new building at 21 Prescot Street proudly hosts three specially commissioned video artworks. These works, shown in rotation, were conceived for the space and presentation on a bank of three screens.

https://davidgryn.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/david-blandy-samuel-levack-and-jennifer-lewandowski-terry-smith-rcp-film-and-video-commission-2013/

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Still: Ekki Mukk by Nick Abrahams

Ekki Mukk by Nick Abrahams in the Artists Focus Series selected and curated by David Gryn at ZARYA Center for Contemporary Art. 1-15 OCT

https://davidgryn.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/nick-abrahams-ekki-mukk-at-zarya-in-vladivostok/

http://zaryavladivostok.ru/ru/exhibitions/today

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Still: Good News/Bad News by Meredith Danluck

Cinema Series III (Good News/Bad News), 2013. 13min.

by Meredith Danluck 

Selected and curated by David Gryn at ZARYA Center for Contemporary Art. 16-31 Oct

Danluck’s ongoing body of work, The Cinema Series addresses cinematic tropes, archetypical identities and narrative expectation.  Good News/Bad News is the third in the series and explores the various interpretations of what our feelings “look like” when interpreted cinematically. Fifteen actors from different backgrounds were selected and given a sparse script and minimal direction to embody their personal version of how receiving both good news and bad news looks and feels. Exhibited here as a two-channel wall projection, the film demonstrates the common narrative device of receiving good news or bad news on the telephone.  Shown side by side we see each actor’s body language and face change as we follow them through opposing emotions.  Patterns emerged during this process; a hand to the face to show grief, a quick shuffling of feet to show joy, posing a question as to where consensus originates, with the audience or the screen?

Meredith Danluck graduated from School of Visual Arts in New York with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. She has exhibited at the Liverpool Biennial, Reina Sofia Museum, MoMA, PS1 Museum, Venice Biennale and has a major film installation coming up at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit (MOCAD) Fall of 2012. She has screened films at a number of festivals including Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW, Byron Bay, Hamburg International and Margaret Mead. In the spring of 2008 Danluck directed her first documentary feature, The Ride, a documentary about cowboys and the American identity which screened at MoMA  as part of an exhibition about the American West curated by Eva Respini. The Ride had it’s official World Premiere at the South by South West Film Festival in March of 2010.After that she immediately flew to Siberia to  direct another feature documentary, Art Hard, about the world’s largest artwork in the world. Her most ambitious work up to date is a four channel feature film entitled, North of south, West of East which was commissioned by Ballroom Marfa and screened at Sundance 2013. These four feature length narrative films play simultaneously in perfect symphony. She was selected for the Sundance 2013 Writers Lab as well as the 2013 Sundance Directors Lab for her upcoming feature. She most recently showed the first installment of the Cinema Series in a solo show with Leslie Fritz this summer.  Danluck lives and works in New York.

http://zaryavladivostok.ru/ru/exhibitions/today

ART:FILM Think Tank and Panel Discussion – Frieze. 16/18 Oct

http://www.friezefoundation.org/film/

Wednesday 16 October, Frieze London auditorium, ‘New Partnerships Between Art & Film’, think tank (invitation-only): This think tank invites experts from the art world and film industry alike to discuss existing genres and markets as well as new possibilities for developing films in a hybrid financing landscape. The challenges of new types of ownership, exhibition and distribution will be addressed, so as to develop and propose new ways of working across art and film.

Friday 18 October, Frieze London auditorium, panel discussion (3pm): Outcomes of the think tank of 16 October are presented and challenged through a public panel, including questions on film production, financial models, ownership and audiences. Questions that will be addressed include: ‘How does the institutional context influence the creative process?’ and ‘How can film and art productions be integrated in the future?’

3D work by Jane Bustin

Jane Bustin – studio view

Jane Bustin in the Jerwood Drawing Prize. Oct

http://jerwoodvisualarts.org/jerwood-drawing-prize-2013

http://www.janebustin.com

David Gryn – Curator FILM – Art Basel in Miami Beach. Dec 2013

Program to be announced very soon.

https://www.artbasel.com/en/miami-beach

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Contact:

David Gryn

david@artprojx.com

artprojx@gmail.com

+447711127848

David Blandy, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, Terry Smith – RCP Film and Video Commission 2013

In 21 Prescot Street, Art, Artprojx, David Blandy, David Gryn, French Riviera, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski, Terry Smith, Video Art on 10/10/2013 at 11:18 am

Royal College of Psychiatrists 

Film and Video Art Commission, 2013

21 Prescot Street

David Blandy – Wanderer through a sea of fog

Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski – Solstice

Terry Smith – About Face

Curated by David Gryn

The foyer of the Royal College of Psychiatry’s new building at 21 Prescot Street proudly hosts three specially commissioned video artworks. These works, shown in rotation, were conceived for the space and presentation on a bank of three screens, offering staff, members and visitors both a pause for contemplation and a visual provocation. The RCP’s decision to prioritise the inclusion of contemporary art in this way signals both a recognition of psychiatry’s importance to visual and aesthetic culture, as well as the importance of the institution to work with a wide array of partners from across the cultural spectrum.

The three artists presented here are all highly regarded and critically respected, each with an established yet distinctive video practice. Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski’s montage of scenes shot on the solstice along ley-lines in Glastonbury, captures a meditative and mystical calm awash with colour. David Blandy playfully fuses the arcade game with the Romantic era paintings of sublime landscapes. Terry Smith, a life-long local East Ender, utilises the three screens to explore the face, playing the familiar child’s game of ‘mix and match’; the inter-changing eyes, nose and mouth, here, draw attention to the way we look at, read and understand faces.

The impressive new RCP premises is a wonderful context for presenting these art works and has been an honour to work on for the participating artists, and we hope the works will in turn be a delight for all the users and visitors of the space.

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David Blandy

WANDERER THROUGH A SEA OF FOG, 2013

“Wanderer Through a Sea of Fog” is a three screen video work that forms a meditation on our relationship to the sublime in the digital age. The work documents an unending transition between psychological states, a passage of the soul, from fog to clarity, with the constant presence of the “dark wood” of Dante’s Comedy. A digital version of the artist, as though exited from an old computer game, walks through landscapes formed from adapting and combining paintings by the Romantic artist Caspar David Friedrich. Our environment has changed, as we move to a more digitally-mediated life, but our anxieties, confusion and awe in the face of nature remain.

David Blandy is an artist who investigates our relationship with the popular culture that surrounds us, investigating what makes us who we are. Blandy has exhibited in galleries and museums internationally, including Kiasma, Helsinki; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart; Baltic, Gateshead, and was the recipient of the Great North Run Moving Image Commission 2011. In 2010 he was Winner of “The Times/The South Bank Show Breakthrough Award”, and he is represented by Seventeen Gallery. His films are distributed through LUX.

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Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski

SOLSTICE, 2013

Shot over the course of a few days prior to the Glastonbury Festival 2013, on the ley line running through the Vale of Avalon, Solstice is an exploration of the histories, landscape and atmosphere of what has come before and what will be. A landscape film in which the artists play with light and architecture to create a dreamy montage of loosely connected and at times abstract imagery, leaving the narrative up to the eye of the viewer. A poetic offering of something that is both myth and reality.

Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski live and work in London. Their multi-disciplinary practice encompasses video, music, performance, installation, screenprints and sculpture. Their work has been shown in London, New York, Berlin and Paris. Recent group exhibitions include Oblique at David Dale Gallery, Glasgow; Les Urbaines, Lausanne, Switzerland and E-Vapor-8 at 319 Scholes, New York. Recent performances by their band Das Hund include Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Zabludowicz Collection, London and Cell Project Space, London. Their Artists Commission was published in Issue Ten of Art Licks Magazine, which also featured them on the cover. Their 2012 solo exhibition Danse-moi vers la fin de l’amour was the culmination of a two year project by the artists, exploring the freedoms that result from the hedonistic ritual of dance. In 2011 they were shortlisted for the Converse/Dazed Emerging Artist Award with The Whitechapel Gallery. They also run French Riviera a gallery space in Bethnal Green, London, which operates as an extension of their long-standing collaboration.

image fro APTerry Smith

ABOUT FACE, 2013: In the diagnosis of many physical and mental conditions observation is paramount. But every day we all make decisions about our fellow travellers by their dress sense, demeanour and disposition; we have soft forensic eyes that observe constantly. Artists have used portraits and in particular self-portraits to explore the nature of looking and being looked at, this work About Face attempts to bring this painting characteristic to the moving image. Assembled from hundreds of still images, this is a stop-motion animation synced to three screens. 

Terry Smith lives and works in London’s East End. He has created large-scale installations and site-specific interventions worldwide since 1994. The building interventions began with a series wall cuts in houses ready to be demolished in East London by gaining illegal entry and making the work in secret. Other works that evolved from this period include Capital, 1995 an intervention in Gallery 49 at the British Museum, six wall cuttings at Tate Modern during its reconstruction in 1996, and at MACBA, Barcelona where he fired 35,000 staples into the walls of the museum.

Preoccupied with exploring and experimenting in new media, recent projects, have included Broken Voices 2007, The Foundling 2009 both works that incorporated a tour of performances from Liverpool to Venice, and made a series of works for a choir in Caracas, Venezuela called Caracol 2010. In 2011 his solo show Parallax, curated by David Thorp at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, brought together for the first time many of the diverse strands to his practice. In 2012 he made two performance works, Combine and Unsung. In 2013 he has had a major presentation of his work in New York, one in partnership with the New Museum and Ideas City, which consisted of a 20m x 12m drawing on the outside of buildings in the East Village, and the other at The Drawing Center.

David Gryn / Artprojx

Art Curator/Advisor

David Gryn is the founder and director of Artprojx, screening, curating, promoting and lecturing on artists’ moving image and other art projects, working with leading contemporary artists, art galleries, museums, art fairs, art schools and charities worldwide.

David Gryn has worked with Art Basel in Miami Beach, Tate, ICA, Camden Art Centre, MoMA, Whitney, Frieze, Armory Show, LOOP. Projects in Birmingham, Liverpool, Morocco, Venice, New York, Barcelona, Hamburg, Moscow, Vladivostok. Artists projects worked with include: Mark Wallinger, Dara Birnbaum, William Kentridge, Susan Hiller, William Eggleston, Martha Rosler, Christian Marclay, Mickalene Thomas, Jeremy Deller & Nick Abrahams, Susanna Wallin and many many more …

For more information contact:

David Gryn, Artprojx

david@artprojx.com

+447711127848

http://www.artprojx.com