Light Reading’s ninth series continues with a dialogue between artists Brass Art and writer Coline Milliard. no.w.here’s project space will be transformed into an immersive space in which to actively move around and experience works as well as combining critical dialogue and discussion with the artists. During the event, recent and new works by Brass Art will be shown, including Out of Thin Air (2007), an element from Moments of Death and Revival (2008), Between the Angels and the Beasts (2008) and a current work in progress Inside the (In)visible (2009).
Brass Art are three Glasgow and Manchester based artists, Anneké Pettican, Chara Lewis and Kristin Mojsiewicz who have worked collaboratively since 1999. Performative in nature, their practice is a highly particular method of investigation into the subjectivity and perception of the self (in particular the female self) in real and virtual environments and of the liminal spaces in which these boundaries can be playfully explored. Often taking on diverse incarnations of the self in drawing, performance, digital imagery and shadow, the methods in which the replication of the self is enabled through diverse mechanical and technological processes has seen the sources of Brass Art’s work come from pre-cinematic optical illusory devices to cutting edge technology. They juxtapose traditional and contemporary skills, investigating how artists can creatively engage with these technologies often through practice- led research. An example of this is Brass Art’s installation Moments of Death and Revival (2008), the result of a 3D body scanning process of the artists, creating miniature hybrid artefacts that form props as part of a shadow play with other objects, employing light and movement to create an additional narrative layer to the “phantasmagoric” event, engaging with the often unexpected in the perception of the self in contemporary life through new methods representation.
Brass Art’s recent exhibitions and projects include “Skyscraping” Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2008, The Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008, “Here and Elsewhere” Globe City Gallery, Newcastle 2007, “Brass Art: Beside Ourselves” The International3, Manchester, 2006 and “Story” Alexia Goethe Gallery, London, 2006. Selected forthcoming exhibitions include “Tell it to the Trees”, Croft Castle 2009, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 2010, and “Inside Out,” a group exhibition touring UK/Australia in 2010.
Coline Milliard is an art writer based in London where she is correspondent for Art Press. She is also a regular contributor to Art Review, Art Monthly, MAP, Numéro and Art in America, and has written for Modern Painters, Artnet Magazine, Contemporary, Flash Art International, Untitled, Metropolis M, Frieze.com and Afterall Online. She is currently working with curator Florence Ostende, on Catalogue, a free bi-monthly online art magazine designed to act as a platform of exchange between the English and French-speaking art worlds. The first issue will be out in September 2009.