Following on from the last post we’re going to look at another artist we worked with for the “Below Another Sky” collaborative programme developed by the Scottish Print Network, a partnership between Dundee Contemporary Arts, Edinburgh Printmakers, Glasgow Print Studio, Highland Print Studio and Peacock Visual Arts.
Janice Kerbel (born Toronto, Canada, 1969) works in a wide range of media including light, audio, texts, publications and print. Her meticulously constructed has taken the form of plans, proposals, recordings, scripts and announcements for impossible or imagined scenarios. She studied at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, and Goldsmith’s College, London. She lives and works in London.
The artist’s 2007 print-based work ‘Remarkable’ (shown at Frieze Art Fair that year) announced ‘a range of extraordinary characters imagined in response to the context of the fair.’ Produced in the format of large-scale silkscreen posters, and using a digitally modified process of nineteenth-century letterpress reminiscent of printed broadsides and fairground ephemera, these works were fly-posted on a daily basis around the venue. ‘Remarkable’ exemplifies Kerbel’s ongoing interest in the relationship between text and image; reality and illusion. For her 2011 exhibition ‘Kill the Workers’ Kerbel wrote a play for lights. Using the language of theatrical lighting and a traditional lighting rig employing 36 lanterns, a dramatic narrative unfolded in which a single spotlight became the key protagonist as it struggled to be seen as light alone. Kerbel’s 2014 project ‘DOUG’ is a musical composition for unaccompanied voice that chronicled a continuous stream of catastrophic events endured by a single individual.
“Taking original letterpress posters and broadsheets as a starting point, Janice has applied the process of relief printing to produce work that relates formally to a musical score with the use of text and typographic conventions only. The placement of the words on the paper – the vertical movement from high to low – makes a visual reference to pitch; the movement across the paper – from left to right – implies the durational aspect of a musical composition. Janice and I explored numerous approaches within relief printing as the work developed. She experimented initially with laser cut MDF blocks and finally with magnesium plates developed from her own artwork files. Her aim was to make sure she had as much control over the image as possible. The image was subsequently proofed on to newsprint, an ephemeral material associated with the mass distribution and communication of ideas, images and information.”
– Michael Waight, 2014
We worked again with Janice to produce work for the aforementioned ‘DOUG’, her Turner Prize nominated project which was exhibited at The Tramway in Glasgow in 2015. We also printed work for ‘Score’ which continued Kerbel’s interest in the limits of the visual, while offering another way of shaping meaning through words, collapsing languages onto paper and collaging new formations.
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