MapSpace Collaborative Workspace Residency
Drawing Sensation: TAYLOR/THEROUX
Reception with the artists:
Saturday, September 12, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00pm
Reception is free and open to the public.
Exhibition on view September 12 - October 17, 2015
Visit the Residency Blog Here
Watch the Artsist Talk Here
Miranda Arts Project Space is excited to host an open reception for the sixth MAPSpace Collaborative Workspace Residency Program, Andrea Taylor and Margery Theroux. Drawing Sensation: TAYLOR/THEROUX, will feature collaborative drawing and video by Canadian artist Andrea Taylor, and New Jersey artist Margery Theroux. Join us for an opening reception and gallery talk with the artists on Saturday, September 12th, from 6-8pm.
The artists will be joined for the gallery talk by artist and researcher Andrea Kantrowitz, PhD. Kantrowitz will discuss the collaboration with the artists, and connect the residency project with current research on the ways that artists, educators, scientists, medical practitioners, philosophers, engineers, computer scientists, and more examine the uses of drawing across Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.
Taylor/Theroux is a collaborative team who create drawings that address the body, and how awareness affects our perceptions about our bodies. They have been working collaboratively at Miranda Arts Project Space since August 12, 2015. Andrea Taylor lives in Vancouver, BC Canada, and Margery Theroux in Wyckoff, New Jersey, making their collaboration a process of mailing drawings back and forth. The residency will allow the artists to take the collaboration to another level, as they work in the same physical space for a duration of the month of the residency. The artists will incorporate actual body movement and GoPro head mounted cameras to both document the work and create video works that capture the dynamic of the drawing process in action.
The artists are inspired by Maria Lassnig’s book “The Pen is The Sister of The Brush.” Her diaristic writings about making liminal spaces visible inform their collaboration.
“…to want the impossible, to go beyond skill, beyond the security of the real, into uncharted territory-a physical feeling that is difficult to define visually, where does it begin, where does it end, what shape is it, pointed, curved, zigzag. To explore this is like trying to fence in clouds, to pin down nebulous realms." Maria Lassnig, “The Pen is The Sister of The Brush”
MAPSpace Collaborative Workspace Residency Project, implemented in 2012, is a workspace residency offering space and time for artists to create collaborative new work. The public can visit the artists at work throughout the residency, and the gallery will be open during the exhibition.
Gallery hours Thursday-Saturday by appointment.
For more information, to set up a time to visit the residency, and for high res images:
Contact: Patricia Miranda, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrea Taylor holds an MFA in visual art from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has studied fine art, with a focus on portraiture and traditional painting techniques, at La Massana Art & Design in Barcelona, Spain. Her works have been shown throughout Canada and the US including Garrison Art Center (Garrison, NY) and This Open Space (Vancouver, BC). Her works are in a number of collections including the Brooklyn Arts Library, St. Paul’s Hospital, University of British Columbia Library, and the Simon Fraser University Library. Andrea is currently represented by CORE Gallery in Seattle, WA and teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
Margery Theroux received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and a BA in Art History from New York University. She has shown her work throughout the northeast at galleries and museums including the Belskie Museum of Art (Demarest, NJ) and Science, Garrison Art Center (Garrison, NY), and George Segal Gallery (Montclair, NJ).
Andrea Kanrowitz, PhD., is an artist, researcher, and educator who has lectured and given workshops internationally on art and cognition. In her research, she uses the theories and methods of cognitive psychology to research the hidden dynamics of artists' thinking processes. As director of the Thinking through Drawing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, she organized a series of international drawing and cognition research symposia, in collaboration with colleagues from the U.K. She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University, an MFA in Painting from Yale, and teaches art education at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She recently completed an interdisciplinary doctorate at Teachers College which examined the cognitive interactions underlying contemporary artists’ drawing practices.
Work Photos from the Residency:
Collaborative Body Awareness Drawing, 2015, 30”x22”, mixed media on paper
Collaborative Body Awareness Drawing, 2015, 30”x22”, mixed media on paper
Installation View: Collaborative Body Awareness Drawings, 2015, 30”x22”, mixed media on paper
Image: Pay as You Go, 2014, negative of a pencil drawing on a LED light box 17”x12”
I focus on expanding the temporal by using my drawing hand as a kind of camera or recording device. I use reference imagery from the 19th century and early 20th century, such as the first stop motion photographs, and my own screen captures from the Internet’s offerings of 19th century proto-cinema. A fraction of a second in 1886 recorded from one vantage point takes hours for me to draw or paint. This attention on an awkward recording of less than a second from so long ago gives me the opportunity to attempt to expand time by engaging my body as a new slow camera. Drawings or meditations are created for my own exploration, as well as to engage in conversations with other works and with the body and mind of the viewer. I paint, draw and sculpt to explore form and intensity, using the 19th century stilled motion imagery as source material. The reference material is already flat and therefore has already entered the realm of the imaginary and the conceptual. The energy of making a painting or a drawing is a very physical one; it is a time-based act I use to explore time-based source material. My interest is in embodiment and temporality. The form is unknowable, but with a sense of adventure, I search for it nonetheless.
Margery Theroux, Draw a Way Out, 2013, video still
I make drawings, paintings and videos that bring attention to the discomfort and anxiety of modern life. Some of the sources of discomfort and anxiety come from a compressed and accelerated sense of time that creates heightened pressure. This anxiety and pressure manifests in an array of physical and mental illnesses. The attainment of individual space and solitude becomes a great challenge. The necessity of acquiring space and solitude is made clear when viewing the conditions that provoke anxiety. The role and image of women in our society adds an additional layer of discord. Working with and about the body allows for an alternate image of our place in and our response to our culture. In my latest work, I draw with charcoal, chalk and tape to make my way through and examine places which provoke anxiety. I use a GoPro camera to capture this attempt, as I work to carve out an individual space for solitude, while bringing this struggle to a larger audience.