‘Soundings’ is a retrospective of mixed media works created over a decade by Rosemary Holcroft, painter and Royal College of Art graduate. The paintings trace an ongoing and determined philosophical investigation, embodying polarities of thinking and feeling, chaos and order, truth and mystery. Continue reading →
I completed the installation for my PhD transfer process on Thursday, and have documented it here. It was an eye-opener to see the work involved by the stage@leeds technicians in setting up the projection and lighting, and they deserve the credit for the quality of the theatrical presentation in the space.
“It is not pictures as objects of perception, that can teach us about perceiving; rather, it is making pictures – that is, the skilful construction of pictures – that can illuminate experience, or rather the making or enacting of experience.” Alva Noë
This installation explores processes of embodied cognition through painting. It aims to understand creative practice as an agential, corporeal activity performed by a body moving through its environment. Through gesture, materiality and the use of tools, visual knowledge emerges in a process of artistic labour. Painting, in this laborious process, is thinking – “in that instant when his vision becomes gesture, when, in Cézanne’s words, he ‘thinks in painting’”. Merleau-Ponty
Details: Alec Clegg studio, stage@leeds, School of Performance and Cultural Industries. Thursday 9th May, 11-3. Drop in, no need to book. Free Entry.
In this, curator Catherine Wood describes how Pollock’s work was seen as a key point in the history of performance, because “the film of Pollock making the painting became as important arguably for the next generation of artists as the finished object.”
Describing the current generation of artists, she says “paint and the canvas are still present – it’s just in a more performative way; a more theatrical way.”