Vitruvian: Drawing Works
29 July –
23 September 2006
Jordan McKenzie’s work explores drawing and other processes of mark making in relation to the human body.
On the opening night, Jordan McKenzie will set out on a 4-hour performance, At Arms Length. Taking place across Exeter, it involves the artist manoeuvring a cube the length of his arm and drawing upon the surfaces with graphite. It starts from Exeter Cathedral Yard and the audience can follow the artist on his route to reach the final destination at Spacex and attend the preview of his exhibition. The cube will reside at Spacex for the duration of the exhibition as a trace of the action that took place.
The exhibition showcases newly commissioned work for Spacex, alongside existing pieces exploring drawing, performance and the process of mapping the body within an architectural space.
Jordan McKenzie’s work is not concerned with presenting drawings as finished works of art but rather as processes, bodily acts exploring the sensuous language of gesture. The artist will create the works at Spacex the week before the exhibition opens, drawing directly on to the walls and floor and temporarily altering the physical space of the gallery. The title of the exhibition makes reference to Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian man: an image of man whereby the body is reduced to a set of ‘universal’ and ‘perfect’ measured dimensions. All the works in the exhibition use the measurement of the artist’s own body to create a group of drawings that explore the notion of drawing as a performative act. Jordan McKenzie has exhibited nationally and internationally for over twelve years, presenting work at BALTIC, Ikon Gallery, Arnolfini and ICA. The exhibition showcases new commissioned work for Spacex. Supported by Mackenzie Glass.
17 August 2006, 6.30pm
Join Jordan McKenzie for an informal talk & tour of the exhibition.
8 September 2006, 8.00am
Drop by for an early art-fix and some breakfast.
20 September 2006, 7.00pm
With Tracey Warr, Editor of The Artist’s Body: Themes and Movements
CHILDREN & FAMILIES – Drawing in Time
10 August 2006, 10.30am
10.30am–1pm: Have fun exploring drawing & performance
2–4.30pm: Try out some traditional drawing techniques
Take Over Tuesdays – How to Draw Like a Spider
15 August 2006, 10.30am
Pre-schoolers and their adults are invited to the gallery to have fun trying out unusual drawing techniques with artist Kathy Norris.
Experimental Mark Making
17 August 2006, 10.30am
Experiment with strange drawing and mark-making techniques, from 10-pin bowling to stilt walking. Then measure your features, and create abstract images unique to the proportions of your own face.
28 July 2006, 12.00am
Drop in & take part in the fun packed art-making activities in the atrium. A family friendly event.