Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Giulia Ricci and Judith Lyons discuss their work at Utrophia

Over the next two Sundays Giulia Ricci and Judith Lyons will be discussing their work with us at Utrophia Project Space. The discussions will be free and informal with accompanying tea and cake. Here are the details below. We hope you can make it!

The Tactility of Order: Giulia Ricci in Conversation with co-curator Clara Cowan

Sunday 21 November 2010, 15.00, Utrophia Project Space

Giulia and Clara will discuss her interest in ordering systems, what influences lie behind her use of patterns and why she loves to do Sudoku before falling asleep.Currently featured on the front-cover of a-n Magazine and on show at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Giulia Ricci was also shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in the summer 2010. Ricci is fascinated by patterns and their systems which she explores through various repetitive processes, primarily drawing on paper. She is also interested in various aspects of science and mathematics such as chaos theory, but her work is also intimately bound up with, and born of her experiences, background and cultural reference points. These include not only the famous mosaics of her home town of Ravenna, but also the rural patchwork of fields in the countryside of Emilia-Romagna where she grew up - what she calls the 'man-made geometry of the landscape'.

The Art of Cameraless Photography: Judith Lyons in Conversation with co-curator Christopher Adams

Sunday 28 November 2010, 15.00, Utrophia Project Space

Judith Lyons and Chris will be discussing the art and history of cameraless photography, the technical ingenuity of these pieces and the influences behind her work.

Currently leading cameraless photography workshops for Shadow Catchers: Cameraless Photography exhibition at the V&A, Judith Lyons is also on show at the Rich Mix in Shoreditch as a part of Photomonth and in the summer gained a four page article in Amateur Photography Magazine. Lyon's cameraless photographs come from two series where she takes plant and flower specimens as her subject matter. Her series A Different Nature comprises images of plant components that have been deliberately deconstructed, recombined and further transformed using inks and dyes. Creating hybirds that are unnatural and botanically flawed, they raise questions about contemporary society's relationship with the natural world and the increasing genetic modification of plant species.

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