Leonor da Silva (UK)
16 Shades of Grey
“16 Shades of Grey presents the outcome of a drawing practice developed over several years, in conjunction with textual explorations that investigate the ways in which meaning becomes constructed (…)Produced using sixteen differing shades of grey pencil, this series of drawings has been painstakingly constructed to visually represent, critique and address issues relating to Colonization, Production, Religion, Capitalism and Labour (…) My methodological approach has been to develop an experimental form of drawing that invites viewers to actively engage with the work but that also simultaneously frustrates any desire for passive consumption. Each image is infused with a multiplicity of layers and levels of focus and, therefore, refuses to visually cohere. As a result of this, the mastery of the gaze defers towards visual disorientation… all is not what it seems (…)” Throughout the exhibition the artist will present a daily programme of performances - from story-telling to stand-up comedy - which will be used to question, re-enact, open up, but also confuse the perceptions of the displayed drawings.
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