2nd May – 4 June 2016
Reception: 3pm – 8pm Saturday 4 June
Column of Breath
presents a new body of work by Declan Jenkins. A set of large woodcut
prints will be shown alongside a floor-based installation. The works
explore notions of performative presentation while their large scale and
brutal mark making translate an intense haptic engagement into
theatrical and bombastic form. Jenkins looks to develop an iconography
of words as projectiles evoked through a raw pseudo-expressionist visual
style of drawing in which text and image hold equal weight. Sci-fi
tunnels, vortexes, and holographic designs point to psychedelic
dimensions of the self. Spatial and diagrammatic these works draw on
aesthetic and formal inspirations as diverse as aboriginal paintings,
mandalas and Fontana’s Spatialism.
Recent graduate of the
Royal Academy Schools in London, Declan present a vision of the live
event through a set of woodcut prints constructed around the subject of a
live performance – of performer, audience, props and set. The physical
positioning of these elements will be mirrored by that of the prints.
Some prints will be stuck onto objectshaped supports becoming
sculptural ‘halfforms’ shadows of what they purport to signify. They
will include text and words alluding to objects and sensations
surrounding this imaginary event.
Declan is interested in
testing how far inert objects can conjure a sense of liveness and to
what extent an event is embedded in artefacts and madeup entities. To
quote Terence Mckenna, the artist is ‘the person of language’, a
shamanic being using art to mediate his own inner reality or perhaps a
The woodcuts will be
produced mainly onsite during the course of the residence. I like the
idea of constructing this environment in a sitespecific manner, with
the work responding to the dimensions of the space.
He is also considering
including some performative interventions during the private view. At
this stage he is interested in having performers mime bar staff,
presenting visitors with invisible canapés and champagne, and perhaps
someone opening and closing a fictive door. This mirrors the idea of the
prints ‘miming’ a performance or event which isn’t there, the artist as
a forcefield or catalyst for a transcendental happening.
Work can be viewed at the receptions (all welcome) or during opening times during the advertised dates of each exhibition 1 – 6pm Thursday – Saturday, at 2 – 4 Highbury Station Road, Highbury Islington N1 1SB, London. C4RD is a Registered UK Charity 1123530, and would particularly like to acknowledge the support for this exhibition of the Dovehouse Trust.