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Text for Jane Bustin by Anthony Rudolf

In abstraction, Anthony Rudolf, Berlin, Gallery, Jane Bustin, Leslie, Minimal, painting, Uncategorized on 05/07/2017 at 6:53 pm

Jane Bustin, Fühler at Leslie, Berlin

Anthony Rudolf

What could be less verbal than a Jane Bustin painting?

What could be more verbal than a Mallarmé poem?

‘One does not write with ideas but with words’, Mallarmé said to Degas, who fancied himself as a poet and had plenty of ideas.

As Borges might have said, we would expect the first livre d’artiste to have been created by Mallarmé (as translator) and Manet: Poe’s ‘Raven’, and we would be right.

Let me rephrase my first sentence: not what could be less verbal but what could be more silent than a Jane Bustin painting? After all, Debussy’s La Mer is as wordless as a Bustin painting. Silent it is not.

(Debussy set one of Mallarmé’s most significant poems, ‘L’Après-midi d’un faune’, to music. Mallarmé told Degas: ‘I thought I had already set it to music’).

My answer to the question posed above — what could be more silent than a Jane Bustin painting? — is a dead child whose absence his poet father commemorates, that “absence [which] is condensed presence” (the phrase is from a letter of Emily Dickinson, a poet well worth reading “against” Mallarmé).

The dead child is Anatole Mallarmé, whom Jane Bustin too commemorates and whose existence breathes into, inspires, Jane Bustin’s paintings, via the father’s heart-rending posthumously published poem.

It is neither paradoxical nor ironic that Jane Bustin depends so heavily on words during the gestation of her work exhibited at Test-tube. Goya went further: he included words inside the visual image.

Mallarmé would have reacted to these paintings with silence. He was always eloquent.

By Anthony Rudolf 2012

European Hours: Collected Poems by Anthony Rudolf

Born in London in 1942, Anthony Rudolf has two children and two grandchildren. He is the author of books of literary criticism (on Primo Levi, Piotr Rawicz and others), autobiography (The Arithmetic of Memory) and poetry (The Same River Twice and collaborations with artists), and translator of books of poetry from French (Bonnefoy, Vigée, Jabès), Russian (Vinokourov and Tvardovsky) and other languages. He has edited various anthologies. His essay on R.B. Kitaj was published by the National Gallery in 2001, and he has published essays on other painters. He is Paula Rego’s partner and main male model. He has completed a volume of short stories and is now at work on two new memoirs. His reviews, articles, poems, translations, obituaries and interviews with writers have appeared in numerous journals. Rudolf is an occasional broadcaster on radio and television and founder of Menard Press. After a lifetime of uninvolving day jobs, he became Visiting Lecturer in Arts and Humanities at London Metropolitan University (2000-2003) and Royal Literary Fund fellow at the Universities of Hertfordshire and Westminster (2003-2008). In 2004, he was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and, in 2005, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

Jane Bustin, Fühler at Leslie, Berlin


Jane Bustin, Fühler at Leslie, Berlin 22 June

In Art, Berlin, Ceramics, Copper, Copperfield, Gallery, Jane Bustin, Leslie, Paintings, Poppy Bowers, Uncategorized, Whitworth on 18/06/2017 at 11:41 am
3D work by Jane Bustin

Rehearsal II, copper, acrylic, oxides, cloth
80cm x 50 cm overall, Jane Bustin, 2015

Jane Bustin


Opening: 22.6.17, 6 pm
Exhibition: 23.6.17 – 20.7.17


Bergfriedstraße 20
10969 Berlin


Since the 18th century, European philosophers have distinguished our capacity to feel subjectively from our ability to think rationally. We are sentient beings. As the late neurologist and author Oliver Sacks claimed, ‘perception is never purely in the present – it has to be drawn on experience of the past’. Jane Bustin’s exhibition Fühler, to have feelers or sensors about a given subject, calls on this capacity.

Bustin’s approach to painting foregrounds a conscious experience of material surface and texture. Although abstract, her works are evocations of people and histories. They are grounded in a range of intellectual sources, primarily European modernist poetry, design and literature as well as theology and philosophy. Such concepts are given physical expression through her intuitive arrangements of materials. Oil, dyed silk, porcelain, woven cloth, polished copper, tulle and ceramic glazes are just some of the media used to give shape and feeling to philosophical ideas. Born out of the tactile, her works are Fühler; they are imbued with a sensory memory and resonate with emotion.

Four works in the show, Apres II, Nijinsky I, Nijinksy’s Windows and Rehearsal II, pay tribute to the radical Russian ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinksy (1890-1950). Rising to prominence as part of the belle epoch, Nijinksy combined depth and intensity of expression with symmetry to pioneer new stylistic ideas in modern dance, echoed in the compositional balance of Bustin’s three textural diptychs.

In Après II textile becomes a stand-in for the body and the memory of its physical activity. It takes its cue from Nijinsky’s choreography of the ballet L’apres midi d’un Faun in 1912, where the movement of fabric is used as a metaphor for sexual desire and physical exhaustion. Like most of Bustin’s works the scale is of human proportions. Hung quite low, Apres II sits on the wall around the height of the artist’s heart.

Elsewhere, earlier works in the exhibition include Christina the Astonishing, part of a series referencing the iconography of female saints and Tablet I, Tablet III and Tablet IV, evoking archaic forms of communication. Combining sheets of paper from both old and new notebooks, they prompt memories of the past alongside thoughts of the future.

Refusing to be filmed during his lifetime, Nijinsky strongly believed his performances should only be experienced live. Likewise Bustin prefers her works to be encountered in real time under the honest inconsistency of natural light. Like the tip of antennae, one’s eyes should roam over surface, roll over folds, shift focus through diaphanous layers and peer into copper reflections. Her works call upon an understanding of Fühler and our capacity to feel as sentient beings. They ask us to look again.

Text by Poppy Bowers, Curator, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester

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Cacophony – artist sound works from Daata Editions at MOUart, Beijing

In Art Basel Hong Kong, Beijing, Cacophony, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Gallery Weekend, MOUart, Sound, Uncategorized on 18/03/2017 at 8:37 am



A playlist selection of Artist Sound on Daata Editions. Trailer

Artists: Larry Achiampong, Sofie Alsbo, Thora Dolven Balke, Jake Chapman, Matt Copson, Graham Dolphin, Tracey Emin, Leo Gabin, Joachim Koester & Stefan A. Pedersen, Lina Lapelyte, Rashaad Newsome, Hannah Perry, Ariana Reines, John Skoog, Stephen Vitiello.

Curated by David Gryn.

A collaboration between http://mouart.com & http://daata-editions.com

MOUart: Zone B, 798 Originality Square, No.2, Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, 100015 info@mouart.com 008610 5762 6056 http://mouart.com

MOUart Gallery Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MOUartGallery/

MOUart press release

Daata and MOUart have collaborated for this exhibition, introducing overseas artists, offering a new way to collect and experience these digital artworks. This is the first time Daata has a physical representation of artworks from its online platform in mainland China.

At a time of an ever-moving technological evolution – it is vital to make sure that there are platforms for artists who maximise and utilise digital mediums. The presentation of Daata Sound works in Cacophony is curated by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions.

Full playlist of artworks
Larry Achiampong – The Beginning (19 Degrees), 2016
Sofie Alsbo – THE DONUT SHOP: Rainbow Sprinkle, 2016
Thora Dolven Balke – YD1, 2016
Jake Chapman – POODLES, 2016
Matt Copson – Booty Call, 2015
Graham Dolphin – You Changed Your Default Ringtone For Me, 2016
Tracey Emin – Just Let Me Love You, 2016
Leo Gabin – Surfer Ho Remix, 2015
Joachim Koester & Stefan A. Pedersen – Bamboo Grove (Dub Version), 2016
Lina Lapelyte – Hunky Bluff ACT4 – My soul you are, 2015
Rashaad Newsome – Banji In Da Basement, 2016
Hannah Perry – too loud and too wavy (limazulu), 2015
Ariana Reines – VULGARIS AERAE – 30 Mar 2016, 2016
John Skoog – Chanel, 2016
Stephen Vitiello – The Waves (after Virginia Woolf), 2015


Image: Leo Gabin – Surfer Ho Remix, 2015

A Goth Life – A Stranger Love Playlist – Daata Editions

In A Goth Life, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Blandy, David Gryn, Folkestone, Hannah Perry, Leo Gabin, Rashaad Newsome, Strangelove, Takeshi Murata, Terry Smith, Uncategorized, Zadie Xa on 12/03/2017 at 12:35 pm


A Goth Life … (A Stranger Love Version playlist)
Curated by Daata Editions
Space Bar & Gallery, Folkestone 13/14 March 2017 

FREE continuous screening all day 11-5pm presented by David Gryn, DIrector of Daata Editions.

Strangelove Time Based Media Festival 9-24 March 2017

A Goth Life Playlist

Takeshi Murata – Witch Rises, 2015

Jacky Connolly – Anhedonia, 2017

Leo Gabin – Girlhood, 2015


Rashaad Newsome – Put Some Respect On My Name, 2016

Ed Fornieles – Shoot, 2016

Larry Achiampong  –  The Ascent (100 Degrees), 2016

Yung Jake – How, 2016

Zadie Xa – Deep Space Mathematics // The Transfer of Knowledge 1, 2016

Tracey Emin – I Can’t Love Anymore, 2016

Jillian Mayer – Web Cam Love Song, 2016

Leo Gabin – Lips, 2015

Hannah Perry – what are you thinking about, 2015

Casey Jane Ellison – Do You Seem Wonderful Casey Automated Private Test (DYSWCAPT) 5, 2016

Jake Chapman – POODLES,  2016

Tameka Norris – i don’t feel anything, 2016

Scott Reeder – Bands, 2016

Hannah Perry – sick off smoke, 2015

Jacolby Satterwhite – En Plein Air Abstraction #7, 2016

Zadie Xa – Deep Space Mathematics // The Transfer of Knowledge 2, 2016

Rashaad Newsome – Banji In Da Basement, 2016

David Blandy – Moon, 2015

Rachel Maclean – Let It Go – Part 4, 2015

Hannah Perry – Waiting here, 2015

Leo Gabin – Awesome, 2015

Rashaad Newsome – SPICY, 2016

Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings – Vanila, 2015

Thora Dolven Balke – YD1, 2016 (sound)

Zadie Xa – Deep Space Mathematics // The Transfer of Knowledge 3, 2016

Keren Cytter – Terrorist of Love, 2016 (a Daata & Artspace co-commission)

Ed Fornieles – Poisoned, 2016

Hannah Perry – keep the peace, 2015

Jacky Connolly – Anorexia, 2017

Takeshi Murata – Plant Whisperer, 2015




Image: Takeshi Murata, Plant Whisperer 2015 (courtesy the artist and Daata Editions)

Jane Bustin – Rehearsal review in Saturation Point

In Copperfield, Jane Bustin, Laurence Noga, London, Nijinsky, Saturation Point, Uncategorized on 13/05/2016 at 12:25 pm

Jane Bustin: Rehearsal at Copperfield Gallery, London

16 March – 20 May 2016

A review by Laurence Noga


“The systems approach is compatible with the evidence that human decisions are largely based on an intuitive feeling of rightness – Rechtsgefuhl – but seeks to validate this subjective feeling by a massive information input, which stands in true correspondence with reality before being refracted through the unconscious.” Jeffrey Steele (Systems, Arts Council 1972-3)

Jane Bustin’s material approaches allow an open system, without a hierarchy. They include: fresco techniques; oil-washed aluminium; acrylic panel painting with ceramic glazes; mirrored copper with latex; polyurethane; wood; copper; silk; paper; gesso; ceramics and ready-made objects

Together, the artist’s relaxed sense of geometry evident in her idiosyncratic solo exhibition, Rehearsal, at the Copperfield Gallery, her sense of rhythm, and her distinctive handling of material through assembly and editing, effect a powerful coercion on her audience.

Bustin works with a highly fragile phenomenology in her expanded approach to painting. This sense of ‘memorial’ is interwoven with techniques that are always meaningful, and which bring together a systematic emphasis on materiality with an intuitive proportional balance. Like Donald Judd, Bustin uses pairs as a single work. She is prepared to generate, or test, arbitrary oppositions in her approach to symmetry and asymmetry, combined with her technical virtuosity in surface facture. With Bustin the relationship between the artist and the object is always equal.

Jane Bustin: Faun, acrylic, polyurethane, copper pins, balsa wood, 50cm x 100cm, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London

The influence of the Russian ballet star Vaslav Nijinsky (1890 – 1950) underpins her decisions here, as a dancer who exceeded the limits of traditional ballet. But this is a show with a more personal edge, not only because works like Faun (2015) are hung at the same height as Bustin’s son, who is also a dancer, but through her ongoing correspondence with the painter Jeffrey Steele. That conversation, in its lucidity and recognition of significant concrete events, combined with an understanding of the intimacy of human relationships (expressed in writers like Proust) casts a spell over the exhibition.

Jane Bustin: Spectre, acrylic, oil, wood, aluminium, 30cm x 35cm, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London

Research, collaboration, and correspondence all seem to have equal weight in Bustin’s vivid shorthand of privacy and illusion. In her work Spectre (2015), Bustin’s line of enquiry synchronises the different surface qualities. She uses two adjoining panels to register an apparition with unequal time value. The painting’s assembly and colour decisions disturb that passage of time, allowing the colour, and its spatial depth, to register in the viewer’s subconscious. The side of this work interacts with the spectator, flickering enough colour peripherally to be visible as you view the front of the work. This phosphorescence attracts your curiosity, makes you look at the sides with equal scrutiny. The small deep red rectangle at the bottom corner of the Prussian/Ultramarine blue panel has an intense registration, played off the frontal white rectangle.

The manipulation of this structure calls to mind the relief constructions of Victor Pasmore, where the painted wood and plastic (e.g. Relief Construction in White, Black and Indian Red, 1961) is handled in an instinctive manner. I get right down underneath this picture to investigate the stained surface of the red /silver panel, but it’s the light green/red lines painted down its side, with a minute red rectangle at its base, which creates that relationship between form and substance.

Jane Bustin, Nijinsky’s Window, oil, acrylic, aluminium, porcelain, oxides, 30cm x 28cm, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London

In one of Bustin’s conversations with Steele in 2014 they talked specifically about Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. That sense of insight feels embedded into Bustin’s operations and assemblage. Nijinsky’s Window (2015), 30 x 28 cm, oil, acrylic, aluminium, porcelain, oxides, has a bodily emphasis in the handling of the surface facture, but the power and strength of the dancer feels unbalanced, perhaps alluding to Nijinsky’s social awkwardness. The thin, slightly inflated porcelain ceramic feels torn and dysfunctional, hinting at Nijinsky’s fragile mental health just after the First World War. The in-between space has the most concentrated red/gold oxide colour which filters out into the continuous undulating surface, echoing Morris Louis’ veiled paintings such as Mem (1959), allowing the same sense of diffusion and enveloping of the viewer in the same moment.


Jane Bustin, Rehearsal II, copper, acrylic, oxides, cloth, 80cm x 50cm, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London

Rehearsal II (2015) is strategically persistent in its placement; the mirrored copper surface nags at our self-consciousness. This encounter catches the viewer off guard, stretching the neck adjusting their position. Nijinsky, in his score for L’Après-midi d’un faune, talks about this inclination of the head, a slight forward tilt. With Bustin we get the history (Robert Morris or Judd a reflection of polished metal) but we also experience the exhibition space or the rehearsal space. The cloths hung next to the work further extend the colour source. They pick up on the opaque colour used in tonal shifts on the side of the work. The cloths themselves are important to a more philosophical sense of system.

Jane Bustin, Nijinsky I, overall, acrylic, thule, polyurethane, wood, 28cm x 44cm, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London

In the symmetrical work Nijinsky I , (2015) the use of opacity and transparency introduces real and virtual depth, with an internal compositional relationship. The work is sensual, psychologically charged. Bustin states that the materials include ‘thule’; this is a term used in medieval geography to denote an unknown place, beyond the borders of the known world. The light and its illusionism connect to a feeling of unreality. You start to notice the small white ceramic cloth, its connotations shifting the balance of the show, reminding me of the work of Joseph Beuys with his interest in different substances, and how they could be explored through spirituality and ecstasy.

Jane Bustin, Rose, Copper, oil acrylic, polyurethane. 30cm x 42cm, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Copperfield, London

Rose (2015) draws our attention further towards the problems of construction. This work seems to have the greatest sense of a machine aesthetic. By this I mean that it impacts on the viewer through a sense of co-existence. Its visual power echoes both the machinery of the dancer, and the industrial impulse that drives the language of precision.

Nijinsky, like Steele, was a revolutionary. His use of symmetry and ‘sensual expression’ questioned the role of choreography, to the point where he became paranoid, even frightened of the other dancers in his company. Bustin explores this sense of vulnerability and subversive attitude by making her works objects of desire. Through a kind of dematerialisation, she invites recognition of the perceptual/ psychological/physical. The whole installation adds this extra dimension through a sensation of sound and movement. Its undulation and acceleration is dependent not only on the notion of sequence, but in its very intimate exploration of symmetry and resonance.

The strength of the show is its ability to engage us in a series of relationships which push the viewer towards a systematic/ syntagmatic order. That system has an elaborate complexity in which the conversation between language, literature, linguistics and logic combine. There is an inherent chain of reaction, which unwraps, for the spectator, a dialogue between concept and object. This multi-layered synthesis of art and life is backed up by Bustin’s understanding of a semiological approach, in which she is able simultaneously to induce a memorable sensation with a combination of generative and emotional processes in the real space.

The exhibition runs weekly, Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm until 20 May, 2016

©Copyright Patrick Morrissey and Clive Hancock.  All rights reserved.

Jane Bustin – Rehearsal at Copperfield London

In Copper, Copperfield, Jane Bustin, Nijinsky, Rehearsal, Uncategorized, Will Lunn on 28/02/2016 at 7:11 pm


Rehearsal II


Opens 16 March, 6-9pm

Runs weekly:
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm until 6 May

6 Copperfield Street, London SE1 0EP

+44 (0) 7845 594 549

Jane Bustin (b. 1964 Hertfordshire, UK) works within an expanded understanding of painting, mixing fresco techniques with oil washed aluminium, acrylic panel painting with ceramic and glazes, mirrored copper with latex, polyurethane and woven cotton.

Bustin’s solo exhibition Rehearsal presents a series of paintings that take Modernist Russian ballet icon Vaslav Nijinsky (1890 – 1950) as a central reference. For all the apparent poise and fragility of ballet, every worthy composition is bold in its own right, underpinned by immense strength. Similarly her paintings balance the fragility of millimetre thin ceramic, fabric and pale tones with hard edges, metal and vivid colour.

Reflection is inherent in the work due to the polished metal panels that recur in her compositions, but Bustin makes particular use of the edge of her works, reflecting light off carefully chosen colours and finishes to extend the composition onto the wall. These effects can only be appreciated by exploring the paintings in person, connecting her work with Nijinsky who only ever wanted his performances experienced first hand – never recorded.

Nijinsky pioneered a revolutionary use of symmetry and ‘sensual expression’ leading to a new era for modern ballet. In her own practice, Bustin explores the effects of balance, placement and dimension, but what intrigues her most about the dancer is his obsession with the idea that the audience ‘could feel him’. This bridges with Bustin’s eagerness to raise the emotional encounter with the artwork beyond the immediate and purportedly rational aims of Minimalism and Modernist Geometric Abstraction. In this sense, Rehearsal connects beyond Nijinsky to the wider thinking of the Belle Epoch (1870 – 1914); a new social order that favoured fresh modes of emotional expression within the arts in opposition to the ‘rational’ Enlightenment thinking.

Any reference to prior movements is critically interpreted by the artist on her own terms and the result of all this careful drawing together is work where nothing is arbitrary. Despite this, Bustin embraces a certain permeability that invites viewers to entertain their own perspectives, rather than fostering the kind of singular and absolute, dogmatic approach so often found in related Modernist movements.

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For a preview works list please email info@copperfieldgallery.com

Image: Rehearsal II (2015) cloth, acrylic, copper, oxides 100cm x 80cm overall