DURATIONAL PERFORMANCE: Saturday 10 May. WASPS Project Room 2, Floor 4. Meadow Mill, West Hendersons Wynd, DD1 5BY
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ARTIST'S TALKS: Sunday 11 May, 2–3.30pm. The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery & Museum, Albert Square, Dundee, DD1 1DA
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OUTDOOR FILM SCREENING: Sunday 11 May, 10pm.
35 Yeaman's Shore Dundee, DD1 4BJ (Thornton's Building - opposite Train Station)
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Linnea Spransy and Lia Chavez (USA)
Endurance and discipline are an artist's means of entering an almost soporific state of concentration and submission to their work.
Respectively, Spransy and Chavez depend on this highly productive feature of studio practice in different mediums and from different angles: Chavez in performances which germinate theories of consciousness and various works in the fecund darkness of deep meditation, and Spransy in installation drawing from the alert specificity and startling diversity of equations and rule-making.
Individually, each artist displays a robust and unique studio practice; collaboratively, they emphatically demonstrate their shared discovery that severe limitation and stamina have counter-intuitively lavish results.
Their tandem endurance-drawing performance titled 'Poiesis' to take place at Husk Gallery in London and documented in video, displays the obvious difference and similar repetitive commitment of both artists. Spransy works eyes-open with methodic delicacy, allowing blind accumulation to arrive at an image; Chavez is physically blindfolded and gesturing with her entire body in the act of mark-making, recording the violent meteorological images she sees in prolonged theta-state meditation.
Via Nomas Projects in Dundee Scotland, their collaboration then matures into an environment - an installation titled 'Tumult' wherein Spransy's drawings hover over Chavez as she performs, a headset monitoring her neural state and translating her brainwave oscillations into stroboscopic pulses.
The viewer is invited into this ongoing atmospheric performance, similar in many ways to the artist's internal state, one which is utterly silent and constructed with profound discipline, yet seethes with complexity and effulgence.