Helen Smith. Performative Acts. Informal spaces. High Bridge Studios. Saturdays: 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. June 18 2011 – August 20 2011.

Helen Smith. Act 1. May 2011

I will be spending Saturday afternoons throughout the  Summer 2011 researching the  potential of the figure as a mark or gesture upon the architecture of the building where I have a studio. I’ll be doing this by placing myself in close proximity to it’s architectural details; doorways, staircases, windows, floors etc.,  Observers will be invited to photograph these performative acts and the resulting documentation will form research material for further work in my studio. The photographs will be archived and referenced with the name of the photographer, date, time & location. In return for photographing me I am offering  tea, cakes and conversation in the studios’ kitchen.

This research is a means of generating a new body of work that continues my interest in the shadowy area of abstraction and figuration in painting. Specifically in creating a disjuncture between the materiality of paint and painting and the cognitive or magical processes of conjuring images.

Helen Smith studied at University of Sunderland  BA Fine Art 1981-84; Newcastle University MFA 1992 – 1994.  Founder & Curator of Waygood 1995 – Ongoing. Fine Art Lecturer PT – University of Sunderland Feb – May 2011.

1 thought on “Helen Smith. Performative Acts. Informal spaces. High Bridge Studios. Saturdays: 1.30 pm – 3.30 pm. June 18 2011 – August 20 2011.

  1. deeshaw9@yahoo.co.uk
    92.239.149.88
    Submitted on 2011/07/07 at 10:38 am

    Hi Helen, During your performance in High Bridge on 2nd July I chanced upon you on the staircase on my journey to the kitchen. You looked so still and peaceful lying there for a minute I was completely thrown! Being so tucked into the architecture you became part of the building lost in a conversation, communing in that central spine of the building which is such a feature of the whole construction. Like Angela’s Blue performance, the dialogue between the spaces for me was an integral part of the performances.

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