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Shane Waltener at Siobhan Davies Studios

Shane Waltener

Exhibition preview

ARTIST Shane Waltener is presenting an exhibition of new works specially designed for Siobhan Davies Studios exploring the relationship between textiles and dance, making and performance, objects and their recordings.

Entitled Shane Waltener: Drawn to motion, woven in space, stitched over time, it will be on display from January 2 to March 11, 2012.

Using stitching patterns, dance notation and the building itself as inspiration, he has used this opportunity to research and develop new work with dancers and members of the public.

With Stairwell Suite, Waltener uses the stairwell as a loom, and its distinctive vertical metal framework to weave on.

Waltener has collaborated with dance artist Laura Glaser to interpret stitching patterns into a set of movements. Acting as needles, or human bobbins, each dancer holding a length of yarn will create a spiraling web-like structure during the opening of the exhibition (on January 12) while travelling up and down the staircase.

Midway through the course of the exhibition, the piece will be remade in a performance taking place on February 17.

Stitching Score #1 consists of a 200+ metre long strip of fabric made from deconstructed items of clothing.

The making of the strip was staged as an interactive project last year involving six people operating overlocking machines that cut and stitched the clothing together simultaneously. Arranged in a daisy chain formation, a silent conversation was had between the stitchers as fabric was fed from one machine to the next.

The installation invites the viewer to read the strip of fabric as a piece of notation, with its own unique grammar and symbols made up of stitch, thread and cloth.

A series of woven pictures, Ready Steady Stitch (bobbin lace), will also be included in the exhibition that combine architectural plans, stitching patterns and dance notation into templates for making bobbin lace.

These works play with the idea of appropriation as different coded visual data are reinterpreted through collage and stitch. The series will include a limited edition piece using material worked with to create Stairwell Suite.

South London Art Map Last Friday event and Public Weaving – Friday, January 27 (6:30pm).

Members of the public will be invited to contribute to the exhibition by weaving and adding to the works. This special late opening of the exhibition is part of South London Art Map’s Last Friday events.

Performance and Artist in Conversation – Friday, February 17 (7pm).

A performance will take place to re-make Stairwell Suite. This will be followed by a discussion between Shane Waltener, Patricia Lyons, and Stairwell Suite dance artist Laura Glaser, in which they will discuss Waltener’s work.

Shane Waltener is a London based artist and lecturer. A sculptor by training, his work draws inspiration from craft traditions and processes, ranging from textiles and basketry to sugarcraft.

Projects by the artist, usually site responsive, often involve the public in the production of objects and installations, and aim to prompt a renewed engagement with visual art through the process of making. The artist regularly exhibits internationally and teaches at the University of the Arts, London.

Waltener is currently working on projects with the artist and makers collective Intelligent Trouble, and is co-authoring a book with Stella Harding on basketry, published by A&C Black, due out in February 2012. A book launch will be held at Siobhan Davies Studio on February 24. Further details to be announced.

Exhibition opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 10am to 8pm; Friday and Saturday from 10am to 5pm; Sunday from 10am to 2pm.

Admission: Free.

Siobhan Davies Studios, 85 St George’s Road, London, SE1 6ER

Tel: +44 (0)20 7091 9650

Guy Sherwin: Movements in Light is on display at Siobhan Davies Studios until November 25, 2011.