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Iniva is delighted to announce its participation in London Art Fair 2019 within the Art Projects section and as a fair partner in two public talks and tours.
This year, Iniva will exhibit works on paper by Beverley Bennett and Jade Montserrat, with a presentation that focuses on the power and fragility of mark making in contemporary art. The stand will explore drawing and performance through intimate and radical gestures. Aspects of erasure and permanence, typical to mark making and drawing, create sympathetic conditions to express ideas around unspoken, invisible histories.
Jade Montserrat operates at the intersection of art and activism through drawing, painting, performance, film, installation, sculpture, print and text, while Beverley Bennett explores the interactions between drawing and sound, also working with film and performance. Both artists employ distinct processes of mark making and have an interest in translating drawing into other mediums.
Beverley Bennett is an artist-filmmaker. She graduated from Middlesex University in 2009 and University of Central England in 2004. She makes monochrome, abstract drawings where layers of pigment and repetitive mark making add a sense of power and energy to the surface of the paper. Her artworks have been described as having an almost audible quality which inspired Bennet to explore how her drawings can influence and transform into other mediums such as sound. Bennett’s work has been shown nationally and internationally; venues include the National Gallery of Jamaica in Kingston, Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, Metal Liverpool and New Art Exchange in Nottingham.
Jade Montserrat graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2003 and Norwich University of the Arts in 2010. She now lives and works in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and is the Stuart Hall Foundation practice-based PhD candidate at The Institute for Black Atlantic Research, The University of Central Lancashire (2017–). Recent selected screenings, performances and presentations include Arnolfini, Spike Island (2017) Towards The Rainbow Tribe at Alison Jacques Gallery (2017) and Princeton University (2016). Montserrat works collaboratively with artist and performance collectives including Rainbow Tribe: Affectionate Movement and Ecology of Care. She is the recipient of the Jerwood Drawing Prize Student Award 2017 and has recently been commissioned by Art on the Underground to create the 2018 Winter Night Tube cover.
Public Talks Programme
Talks & Discussion Theatre.
Thursday 17 January 2019, 12pm
The radical gesture: articulating invisible histories through mark making
Artists Jade Montserrat and Beverley Bennett discuss their practice in conversation with curator and writer Adelaide Bannerman. How are immaterial and invisible histories articulated through the gestures of mark making? What roles do research and performance play in this practice?
Speakers: Jade Montserrat, Beverley Bennett. Moderated by Adelaide Bannerman, curator.
Saturday 19 January 2019, 3.45pm
Drawing as Praxis: the reinvention of drawing
Expanded ideas of drawing and representation of line and form has shifted dramatically since the 1960s. Increasingly, drawing intersects with other artforms such as performance, moving image and sculpture, questioning the primacy of one form over the other. How does an evolving understanding of drawing relate to the ways in which an artist’s body of work is contextualised and collected?
Speakers: Dr Kimathi Donkor (Artist & MA Drawing course leader at UAL), Mary Doyle, co-Director of the Drawing Room. Chaired by Melanie Keen, Director/Chief Curator, Iniva.
Public Tours Programme
Led within the Art Projects section of the fair.
Thursday 17 January 2019, 1.15pm
Stand tour by Melanie Keen, Director/Chief Curator, Iniva
Saturday 19 January 2019, 3pm
Art Projects tour by Rodrigo Orrantia, curator, art historian and Iniva trustee