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“I enjoy the anthropomorphic quality [of the crows] … I couldn’t help but give them characteristics”, Susan Sluglett, Borough Road Gallery Artist in Residence 2014/15
In Hands Rhythm: Susan Sluglett (A Conversation with the Borough Group), Susan Sluglett’s paintings play with the anthropomorphic in their depiction of the crows that live around the University and pairs of white gloves that retain the life of the hands that once wore them. These motifs come out of stories about David Bomberg and the Borough Group told to Sluglett during her residency. In her studio, Sluglett repeatedly worked across sheets of paper arranged in grids and sequences on the wall (reminiscent of animation storyboards). The urgency of her daily drawing practice, together with the histories behind her images, saw recurring ideas gradually take on their own subtle character and spirit.
Inspired by Sluglett’s work, this evening of artist films explores the different understandings and usages of the term ‘anthropomorphic’ in artists’ contemporary film and video practice. In the same way that Sluglett’s gloves and birds are far from being cartoons, the films that have been chosen avoid literal human stand-ins. Objects and animals have an understated sense of personality, their own life or agency, or have become protagonists for a wider ideological message.
Artists and Films:
Rosa Aiello studies at Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt am Main with prof. Peter Fischli. Aiello was awarded a Canada Council Film and Media Grant 2013, Ontario Arts Council Media Arts Grant 2013, and Triple Canopy commission 2013. Her work has been shown at MUMOK, Vienna; ICA, London; The Modern Institute, Glasgow; and SculptureCenter, New York. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo show at Eli Ping Frances Perkins, New York, and screenings at Fahrenheit, Los Angeles, and De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg.
Edwina Ashton makes videos, drawings, sculptures and costumes. Mr Panz at Lake Leman, notes on m, (notes on mammals and habitats) (2010), her first animation, was co-commissioned by Animate Projects and Drawing Room, London, for the exhibition Shudder. She studied at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University (1985-1989), Camberwell College of Arts, London (1990-1991) and Goldsmiths College of Arts, London (1993-1996). She is represented by Works|Projects Bristol and has had solo exhibitions at PEER and Camden Arts Centre, London (2005, 2006, respectively). She has exhibited in New York, Rome, Miami, Berlin and Tokyo.
Suky Best is a visual artist, working with animation, print and installation; she has exhibited nationally and internationally. Commissioned works include, Early Birds, an Animate Projects commission for Channel 4 in association with Arts Council England, recently included in Extinct at the Natural History Museum, and Assembly at Tate Britain, London. Past commissions include, About Running, for The Great North Run; Stone Voices, for the Devils Glen, Ireland; From the Archive, for University College Hospital, London; The Park in Winter, for Arts Council England and Horses for Great Ormond Street Hospital. She has exhibited at the Baltic Gateshead and Art Now Lightbox at Tate Britain, and has had solo exhibitions and publications, including The Return of the Native at Pump House Gallery, London, and Wild Interior at Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London. She is represented by Danielle Arnaud.
Savinder Bual studied painting at Winchester School of Art and photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Exhibitions and screenings include Bloomberg New Contemporaries, PEER & Animate Projects, and Wimbledon Space, London; Turner Contemporary, Margate; CCA, Glasgow; and OV gallery, Shanghai. Her work has been featured in publications such as It’s Nice That and Vision Magazine, China. She is an Associate Artist at Firstsite, Colchester, and she is currently working on a series of work funded by Arts Council England to be shown at the Minories in summer 2015.
Elizabeth Price received a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford University in 1988, and then an MA in Fine Art from the Royal College of Art in 1991. In 1999 Price completed a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Leeds. In 2004 Price won the Jerwood Artists Platform Prize. Between 2004-6 she was Research Fellow in Fine Art at London Metropolitan University and in 2007 was awarded the Stanley Picker Fellowship at Kingston University. In 2012 she won the Turner Prize. She has had exhibitions and screenings at Spike Island, Bristol; New Museum, New York; and Whitechapel Gallery, Chisenhale Gallery, and Tate Britain, London. She is represented by MOT International.
Margaret Salmon lives and works between Kent and New York. She creates filmic portraits that weave together poetry and ethnography. Focusing on individuals in their everyday habitats, her films capture the minutiae of daily life and infuse them with gentle grandeur, touching upon universal human themes. Adapting techniques drawn from various cinematic movements, such as Cinema Vérité, the European Avant Garde and Italian Neo-Realism, Salmon’s orchestrations of sound and image introduce a formal lyricism into the tradition of realist film. She won the first Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006. Her work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and the Berlin Biennale in 2010 and was featured in individual exhibitions at Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Whitechapel Gallery, London, among others.
Joseph Wallace is a film and theatre director based in London and is a 2015 BBC Performing Arts Fellow. His short films have won awards and been screened at festivals internationally. He has created animations for film, theatre and television and his live-action work ranges from fiction to dance and documentary films. He has directed, written and designed theatre; from political pieces to shows with young people. His work has been featured on Motionographer, Future Shorts and Vimeo Staff Picks; he has made work in the UK, Europe and America and was nominated for a BAFTA Cymru award in 2012.
Lead Image: Suky Best, still from Alwyn Park House, 2011, image courtesy of the artist. All other images courtesy of the artists.