Drawing on Susie Green’s own experience as an artist and musician who also works as a life-model, this event is an alternative to what is often seen as a one-way experience – an audience drawing a model observationally.
Fluid Medium will take the format of an experimental life-drawing class with exercises in drawing, sound and prop design led by Green. With a view to creating a collaborative immersive environment, an openness to (clothed) participation is asked of those who attend. Previous life drawing experience is not required and drawing materials will be provided.
Susie Green uses the stuff of everyday life as malleable material, making sculptural works that criss-cross between art, music and fashion.
A recurring interest is the concept of fetishisation – how Green herself and others might seek to inhabit an object, surface or texture. Mediation and display are explored through focussing upon the point at which the everyday and casual can become formalised and otherworldly, through lighting and display. Often returning to the idea of pathos, and the exchange between artist and audience, Green is interested in that which is human, emotional and tactile. Making work that is often self-referential, about the pleasures or frustrations of looking and the evocative role of materials, Green explores the potential of an artwork to open up a liminal space in a viewer.
Information: The event starts promptly at 11am. Please arrive at the gallery from 10.30 and before 11am Life modelling will take place in the front gallery space, which the entrance door opens into – so we cannot let anyone in once the event has started.
The event finishes at 1pm. You may get a little messy (but not too messy) so please dress appropriately.
Recent exhibitions and performances include: Double Dare: Day + Night, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead (performance with Charm Offensive), The Decorator and the Thief, NGCA Sunderland, EXHIBITION, curated by CIRCA projects at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, Things We, PH Space, Newbridge Project, Newcastle, SPACE TIME: THE FUTURE, Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge (performance with Silver Fox) I like the Silver, I like the Gold, The Northern Charter, Newcastle and Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London. Susie Green performs with the bands Silver Fox and Charm Offensive.
Fluid Mediums is supported by Arts Council England through Grants for the Arts.
Image credit: Susie Green, Viviane’s Blue legs. Watercolour on paper, 21 x 29cm. 2013