Featuring influential performance artist Stuart Brisley alongside Hayley Newman, Anne Tallentire, Michael Newman and John Seth, this event enacts a network of alliances through a chain of live encounters. To coincide with the latest issue of Drawing Room Confessions dedicated to Stuart Brisley, each speaker has been chosen by the artist to take part in a collective conversation animating art and social practice.
Drawing Room Confessions is a journal that plays with the serious (and playful) game of conversation. For each issue, the editors invite one artist to take part in a number of conversations with different interlocutors from a range of fields. The annotated sections of the publication follow a set of rules designed to present a nuanced portrait of the artist at a particular moment in time.
Drawing Room Confessions was founded in London in 2011, conceived by artist Manuela Ribadeneira, curator Vincent Honoré, and designers Åbäke.
This event coincides with the archive display Q&A: Artists in Conversation, which explores diverse formats of artist interviews and how they have evolved over time.
Event organised in collaboration with Louise Garrett.
Stuart Brisley, born 1933, Haslemere. In a career spanning over 60 years he has consistently probed social and political issues in his work. He was a founding member of the Artists Union and following the Hornsey College of Art sit-in, which he helped to organise, his appointment to the faculty of the Slade School by the votes of the students remains unique. His work is held in numerous museums including MoMA and Tate. www.stuartbrisley.com
Hayley Newman is an artist with a passion for humour, subjectivity, documentary practices and fiction. She creates performances, interventions, music and texts and has made work in nightclubs, shops, on trains and marches as well as concert halls and galleries. In 2011, she declared herself self-appointed artist-in-residence in the City of London and wrote the novella Common, drawing together social, economic and ecological crises. She often works in collaboration, most recently with eco-electro girl-band The Gluts who took their musical Café Carbon to the Copenhagen Climate Summit, and art/activist group Liberate Tate. Newman lives and works in London and is represented by Matt’s Gallery.
Michael Newman is Professor of Art Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has published numerous essays on modern and contemporary artists, as well as thematic essays on the wound, the horizon, contingency, memory, drawing, and nonsense. He is the author of Richard Prince Untitled (couple) (2006), Jeff Wall: Works and Writings (2007), Price, Seth (2010) and ‘Stuart Brisley: Performing the Political Body and Eating Shit’ in Stuart Brisley (2015). He is co-editor of Rewriting Conceptual Art (1999) and The State of Art Criticism (2007). The exhibitions he has curated include Tacita Dean at York University, Toronto, Revolver2 (contemporary artists) at Matt’s Gallery, London, and ‘Drawing after Bellmer in Europe, North America and Japan’ will be at The Drawing Room, London. The first volume of his selected writings, ‘I know very well…but all the same’: Essays on Artists of the Still and Moving Image is forthcoming with Ridinghouse.
John Seth is an artist, writer and lecturer. His work has been included in the Hmn5 (2016) and in exhibitions at Sala Chillida Bizkaia Aretoa, Bilbao (2014); Five Years, London (2012); The Lethaby Gallery, London (2010). His work was also included in the Aichi and Setouchi Triennales, Japan (2013). He is the 4D Pathway Leader for the BA Fine Art course and convener for the Duration and Event research group at Central Saint Martins. His art practice since 1993 includes an on-going collaboration with Anne Tallentire as work-seth/tallentire. Their work has most recently been exhibited at Hollybush Gardens, London (2017, 2015) and previously at Fri Art, Fribourg (2004); ENSBA, Paris (2004); South London Gallery (2002), Orchard Gallery, Derry (2000), Project Art Centre, Dublin (1998).
Anne Tallentire’s primarily time-based practice questions the significance of the mundane and overlooked in relation to urban conditions and contexts. Working in range of media including video, performance, photography, print and drawing, exhibitions and projects include As Far As, Hollybush Gardens, London and Shelter, Nerve Visual, Derry (2016); Object of a life, Copy Press (2013) and This and other Things, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2010). She also works collaboratively with John Seth as work-seth/tallentire, is co-organiser of Hmn with Chris Fite-Wassilak and is represented by Hollybush Gardens, London.