OPEN STUDIOS 2012
Sat 19 May and Sun 20 May, 11am- 5pm
Professional artists and designer-makers open their studios inviting you to discover more about their creative practice. It is a great opportunity to go behind the scenes, talk to artist’s first-hand, and see work in progress.
Some PHOTOGRAPHIC highlights:
‘Can I take your picture?’
Visitors will be invited to sign up for free photographic portraits (Framed prints can be ordered at a nominal cost). All photos will be taken on the day with a chance to dress up in gorgeous garments. An Exhibition of Natasha’s own photographs will be on display in her studio on the third floor.
Four recent pictures from the series Common will be shown for Open Studio 2012. These pictures are made on an ongoing basis in a large common in the South East of England that is also an extensive nature reserve, recreational resource and lowland heath. This is one of the oldest forms of British landscape, and, a place with a military past, where British troops inspected by Queen Victoria, upon departure for the Crimea. Parts of the common were also used as a location for films such as Lawrence of Arabia and Superman II. These works therefore document visible natural changes in a landscape that embodies social, political and cultural histories beyond its appearance. The common is photographed from a point that enables a view of the landscape, alternately revealed and concealed throughout the seasons. These works aim to depict place, and how we see it, as complex, shifting and uncertain, through change and continuity.
Photographic images of the driest place on the earth, the Atacama desert, will be presented in the Green Room café on Saturday evening.
Some PRINTMAKING highlights:
‘Domestic Bliss’ Print Workshop
SAT 19 May, 2.30 – 4.30pm: £12 a head to design and print your own design onto a Tea towel or canvas bag. A selection of everyday domestic objects will be available to give you design ideas then you will be guided through drawing and cutting simple paper stencils and screen printing them onto the cloth. The process should take about an hour, please allow another half an hour for your work to be dry enough to take home, or arrange collection on another day.
Artists Talk with a display of typographical prints and artists books
Sat 19 May, 5pm in the Green Room Cafe
Preparatory work for ‘The Hole In Mount Hakone’ exhibition at Brighton and Hove museum. He will discuss his experiments in wood block printing.
A display of recent work included printmaking, collagraph and mixed media
A selection of work including prints from Mutter Mather collaborative installation which will be on display in June at Pitchanger Manor, Ealing.
Some DIGITAL ART highlights:
Sat 12 – 5 and Sun 12 – 5
‘20Hz’ stereo 3D moving image work and ‘flow paintings’ work in progress
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May
Robot Hack Open Lab
Sat 11 – 5 and Sun 11 – 5
“Last year we got an email “I’m getting rid of my old industrial robot arm from my lab, do you want it? – You can’t say no to a question like that! So we hired a van and drove through the snow to collect it. But getting it up six flights of stairs to our studio was the biggest challenge so far – it weighs around 50g. “You’ll need to weight it down, a lump of concrete should do” came the advice, and, “be very careful, it’s very strong and would rip through anything in its way.” Hectic traels involving other robots and quite a bit of bacteria (we do bioart too) meant the robot arm (as yet unnamed) has been left untouched in the studio (but not unnoticed as it takes up quite a big space) so we are taking the opportunity of OPEN STUDIIOS to try to get it working. First job is the concrete, second job, check that it works and the third job is programming in a feather touch feature so it stops when it touches something. Come and watch us (but stand behind the yellow warning tape for safety) in our efforts, ask questions and find out more about our work.” (Anna Dumitriu)
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May are Visiting Research Fellows: Artists in Residence at the Uni. Of Hertfordshire Dep. Of Computer Science. Their interests include interactive art, robotics, bacteria and programming.
Some DRAWING highlights:
Drop in Life Drawing
Sat 19 May, 11am – 5pm in the white room
Drop in and pay on the day. Costs: £7 per 2 hour session (full), £6 per 2 hour session (concessions) cash payment and exact money only please.
Develop your life drawing skills, using a range of models and poses, in our spacious, well equipped, purpose built studio space. This course is untutored so should probably have some prior experience in working from life. Please bring your own choice of materials, although limited materials will be available in the Phoenix Brighton shop.
Sat 19 and Sun 20 May, 4th Floor studio
Live demonstrations in his studio on how pattern can be created using a computer, with these Images enlarged and projected onto the walls.
Recent illustration work including a project for House of Fraser Department Store and a body of work entitled ’Dogs and Cats’.
CREATIVE WRITING SESSIONS
Saturday 2 June 11am-1pm
Love art? Love writing too? June sees the launch of a new series of fun, art-inspired creative writing sessions at Phoenix Brighton, hosted by writer and artist, Wendy Ann Greenhalgh – AKA – Story Scavenger. (http://www.storyscavenger.com)
Drop in – explore the gallery and the art-works with Wendy – and then settle down to some creative writing exercises over a coffee in our new cafe. All writers welcome, whatever their level of experience. No booking necessary – just turn up for an 11am start. Pay on the day.
June’s session is linked to the House 2012 exhibition – and Wendy will be encouraging you to develop ideas and writing themed around house, home, interiors and exteriors.
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