THU 01 OCT - SAT 07 NOV 2009 | open Thu-Sat, 12-5 PM | admission FREE
The Act of Drawing explores the physical act of drawing and it’s representation on screen in various forms. This includes the act of mark making directly onto celluloid, the performative act to camera, and the documentary role of moving image in providing a visual commentary to a drawn event. The Act of Drawing also aims to demonstrate different artistic approaches in visualising the varying personal, political and social boundaries that define contemporary life.
Spanning five decades, and presented alongside a participatory 16mm film installation led by George Saxon and Vicky Smith, the international exhibition programme features work by Stuart Brisley, VALIE EXPORT, Dryden Goodwin, Milan Grygar, Mark Lawrence Stafford, Rachel Lowe, Nancy Murphy Spicer and Jennifer West.
VIVID also presents Saturday screenings of 16mm films selected from LUX (03 Oct | 3pm |*£2) and Lightcone (24 Oct | 3pm | *£2) at which Emmanuel Lefrant, filmmaker and director of Lightcone, will be present to introduce the screening.
The exhibition coincides with ‘The Big Draw' (http://www.thebigdraw.org.uk), a month long season of participatory activities for people of all ages and abilities and in this spirit visitors will be invited to engage directly with the works: "LIGHT DRAWINGS: Interventionist Acts' by Smith & Saxon is a multi-projection installation in which strips of film will be distributed to visitors on which to draw, scratch or mark. VIVID also presents VALIE EXPORT's expanded cinema work auf+ab+an+zu (1968) in which the audience are invited to draw onto a paper screen as Export's 16mm film is projected.
Saturday 03 October | 3 PM | admission £2
A programme of 16mm films selected from the LUX collection including Robert Breer, Stan Brakhage, John Gruenberger, John Latham, Len Lye, Annabel Nicholson, Liz Rhodes, Brian Sharpe, Guy Sherwin, and Stan Van Der Beek.
Thursday 15 October - Friday 16 October | 6:08 PM - 07:25 AM | admission FREE
A durational performance by Jordan McKenzie entitled Day Into Night in which the artist repeatedly strikes matches across the surface of a gallery wall. The residual red marks create a drawing over time which not only references the action itself but also provides the visitor with a drawing that commemorates a period of time.
Saturday 24 October | 3 PM | admission £2
An introducted programme of 16mm films from the Lightcone collection including Cecile Fontaine, Emmanuel Lefrant, and Jürgen Reble. VIVID is delighted that Emmanuel Lefrant will be present to introduce the screening.