LUCY JANE TURPIN
28 January - 23 February 2016
Commune.1 is proud to announce Lucy Jane Turpin’s first solo show with the gallery, 'SKUGGAÞRÆÐIR'. The drawings selected for the exhibition are a product of Turpin’s 2-month residency in Reykjavík with The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists (SÍM).
Turpin’s practice is primarily concerned with drawing as an experiential phenomenon. She is intrigued by the way in which the paper’s surface interacts with the hand, that surface reacts with the drawing and drawing with the surface. Working with a monchromatic palette, Turpin plays with extreme light and dark, the black is built up to emphasise its lightless density, whereas whites are often textured impasto. Although Turpin has an ongoing interest with the mindfulness and the mindlessness of drawing, this body of work was inspired by her residency in Iceland and the extreme contrasts inherent in Iceland’s landscape. Surface is approached as parallel to existence; layer upon layer building up and breaking down the surface simultaneously. 'SKUGGAÞRÆÐIR' continues Turpin’s focus on the core devices that orchestrate the materiality of drawing: namely ‘blankness’, automatic flow and the coming together of intention, gesture and act.
“a soft darkness in relation to time. a time period of drawing. the season of drawing the illusion alluded drawing. knowing the drawing and drawing the knowing. drawing the ingestion of an experience, the lighting up of time, the containment of an image or a non-image. the reflection and surface of drawing, the endlessness of space and carrying drawing through an orientation. the thread of past present and future time. mirror. the position of drawing, the direction of drawing. my position of drawing. the attitude of drawing. the adaptation of drawing the induction of drawing. retracting and distracting the surface. the silence of drawing.”
Lucy Jane Turpin (b.1983, Johannesburg) completed her Honours Degree in Fine Arts at the University of Witwatersrand and her Master’s Degree at the University of Stellenbosch in March 2015 (Cum Laude). Her practical focus is drawing and installation. Furthermore she has a strong interest in varying curatorial projects; most recently curating 'Drawing: A Group Show' at GUS Gallery, Stellenbosch (2015). This followed Turpin’s solo exhibition ‘Drawing as experience’, also at GUS (2015). Group exhibitions include ‘The art of assemblage’ at the Joburg Fringe, Johannesburg (2011); ‘LUCA Group Exhibition’ at Crophapox, and ‘High Five’ at Augustijnenkaai, both in Gent, Belgium (2013) and ‘Gesture’ at GUS Gallery Stellenbosch and the Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2014).