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JAYNE PARKER

15 January 2009 - 8 February 2009

Jayne Parker presents 3 new films, accompanied by a small installation:
Linear Construction, Woman with Arms Crossed, Arc.
Digibeta from original 16mm film, b/w and colour, 25 minutes, 2008


The films were premiered at The Times BFI 52nd London Film Festival in October 2008 and will have their first gallery showing at R O O M. They continue the series ‘Foxfire Eins’, co-commissioned by Spacex Gallery, Exeter and Film and Video Umbrella in 2000.

Linear Construction, Woman with Arms Crossed, and Arc, form a trilogy of films set in Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, featuring cellist Anton Lukoszevieze. They include art objects from the Kettle's Yard collection, opening up metaphorical space and meaning. These films are documents of musical performance: respectively, 'Récitation' (1980) by Georges Aperghis; 'Sensitivo, per arco solo' (1959) by Sylvano Bussotti; and 'Raimondas Rumsas' (2002) by Laurence Crane. Each composition holds a special interest: 'Récitation' requires the cellist to tap the strings with his left hand while speaking phonemes based around the word 'violoncelle'. On 'Sensitivo' Anton writes, 'It was composed to allow a situation where the instrumentalist encounters and creates the graphic score with a combination of improvised gestures and concrete sounds from the notation. In my realization I use the bow to a certain extent as if it were a pen or brush in the hand of an imaginary graphic artist, scanning the contours of drawn and scribbled lines’. 'Raimondas Rumsas' was composed for Anton to play with his Bach-Bogen, a curved bow capable of playing up to four strings at once.

('Woman with Arms Crossed' was the name sometimes used by Auguste Rodin to describe his sculpture Eve.)

Jayne Parker teaches at the Slade School of Fine Art. Her work has been shown at art venues, on television and in film festivals internationally.

Opening Thursday - Sunday 12:00 - 18:00