Postgraduate Fine Art alumna Claire Zakiewicz announces solo exhibition during Venice Biennale.
Date: 7 May 2019
Claire Zakiewicz, an alumna of MA by Project at The Cass, will be exhibiting at an offsite project during the opening month of the 58th Venice Biennale in May 2019. IMPRECISION: The Aesthetics of Failure at ARTI3160 Gallery will feature new works by Claire Zakiewicz and a curated programme of performances by the artist.
IMPRECISION: The Aesthetics of Failure examines the tensions between failure and perfection: the techniques, limitations and the implications. "In my drawings, I've noticed that aiming for something ugly can produce beauty. Failure creates new pathways; it disrupts prescribed patterns," says Zakiewicz. "Drawing blindfolded with one’s attention on something other than the drawing, almost, always produces a quality of line, unity and balance of shapes - even - or more prominently, as control moves further away."
Zakiewicz asks: What is failure? How does failure relate to imperfection? We often think of failure as the opposite of success, however, in many ways, failure can be associated with eliminating expectation or a state of not "consciously" aiming for pure perfection. Embracing "failure" per se can often lead to a more balanced symmetry. So, is failure the resolution?
The exhibition will feature a new body of breath and observational drawings that translate the topography and architectural structures - line, form and symmetry, found in the distinct cities of New York, Venice and London, which are places the artist has been working between. Often influenced by the sounds and gestures found in each city, in this series, each line represents a fluctuation in rhythm and density, becoming a geographical typography that visualizes both kinesthetic and sonic movement. Zakiewicz examines the complexities and differences between drawing from direct observation, memory, the imagination and from a prescribed pattern.
The gallery will transform into a complete-interactive submersion of meditations in space - breath, stroke and gesture. “I layered each composition responding to various sounds, notations, and other drawing methods relating to duration. The durational aspect of each drawing is created by the connection between the brush stroke and the attention to breath,” says Zakiewicz.
The official opening on May 11, 2019 will also feature an exclusive performance by British writer and performer Dannie-Lu Carr, who will be reciting a series of poems dedicated to “imprecision- the aesthetics of failure.” In conversation, New York-based artist Hector Canonge will be performing during the finassage on May 30, 2019. Both performances will commence at 7pm.
Claire Zakiewicz is a British multi-media artist working in New York and London. Recently named one of New York’s “Top Ten Artists Working Today” by Art511 magazine, Zakiewicz’s practice examines the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and drawing. It is a scientific and philosophical practice-based enquiry - thinking through making. Her animated films have been shown at Tate Tanks and Tate Modern (London) in the exhibitions Tweet Me Up, 2012 and Label, 2012. Zakiewicz has exhibited regularly throughout the UK, USA, Italy and Norway and has produced and performed in numerous productions and international institutions.
Zakiewicz studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London and Cambridge College of Art, prior to completing a research-based MFA at The Cass. Her research predominantly examines how the body experiences the world and how we conceptualize and perceive objects, frames, repetition and embodied patterns.
Image: Courtesy of Artist
Latest news from The CassView all
Culture and Collaborations on Climate Emergency
London Met researcher, Siân Moxon is set to talk at an online climate event.
"You work your way through the rejects and the great ones remain"
Ryan Evans, BA Journalism student, reports on the Art, Architecture and Design Summer Show, which opens on 22 June 2022.
Architecture graduates premiere new documentary at the Barbican
'Nubia Way: A Story of Black-led Self Building' tells the story of London’s first black-led housing co-operative. The premiere takes place at 7pm on 20 July.
Dates announced for London Met’s 2022 Summer Shows
Students from the School of Art, Architecture and Design will showcase their talent with a season of summer events. IMPORTANT UPDATE: Private View moved to 22 June due to RMT Strike
Architecture at London Met scores highest for student satisfaction in the capital
The results were published in the latest Complete University Guide.
London Met graduate’s start-up receives £250,000 in funding
The AllotMe project, dubbed the ‘AirBnB of gardens’, has secured investment to expand fledgling business.
High levels of student satisfaction showcased in Complete University Guide
London Met ranked 5th for student satisfaction nationally in the newly released rankings.
Vote for new mural on London Met building!
We are asking for your opinion on the new mural at the Aldgate Campus.
London Met project named winner of Norfolk Art Trail
The public artwork, Iron Reef, was developed by Cristina Morbi of Maetherea Studio and her team. It will be installed at the historical site of Reedham Ferry.
Understanding the urban commons
A two-day workshop will bring together researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences working on urban commons.
June is Pride Month: Are you ready?
Ryan Evans, third-year Journalism BA student, speaks to members of the LGBTQIA+ community at London Met about what Pride means to them.
Petticoat Lane’s fashion history celebrated in new salon
A live exhibition showcasing BA Fashion and Fashion Photography work with materials and inspiration from Petticoat Lane will take place on 9 June, before the Fashion Graduate Show.
Your People, Your Places, Your Things 2022 - the winners
Winners have been announced for London Met's national photography competition for school and college students.
Filth and Finery
The 2022 Graduate Fashion Showcase from The School of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University will take place on 9 June, 5.30pm.