Monday 27 June 2016

Conjure With Fire

Nothing would happen, I could conjure with fire.

Sunlit horizon perplexed by trees, abandoned ruins
Naked limbs twisted together, some broken, even more beautiful
I can conjure with fire, see sparrows in the afterglow.

I died again today, there's no mystery surrounding the cell
No-one will love you more than you love yourself
So imagine love – ignite your potential.

Before we descend into chaos, I'll hold your hand and see you
for who you truly are in dissonance enduring the weight of your scars.

We can conjure with fire.

written, performed & produced © ℗ Gaynor Perry

This audiovisual piece features CymaScope imagery meticulously transcribed from the soundtrack by John Stuart Reid's team.

What is a CymaScope? “The CymaScope is a new type of analog scientific instrument that makes sound visible, allowing scientists to see sound's vibrations. Within the instrument the surface of pure water offers a kind of super-sensitive membrane and by imprinting sounds onto the liquid surface, unique patterns of sound energy are created for every unique sound. Just as the invention of the microscope and telescope revealed aspects of the world and Universe that we didn't even know existed, the CymaScope allows the once hidden realm of sound to become visible. And since everything in the Universe is in a state of vibration a tool that shows the structures within sound and vibration can provide important new scientific insights.” John Stuart Reid.

Movement artist and choreographer, Francis Angol, sculpts a passage through the song with great care and thoughtful momentum. As a counterpoint to the strength conveyed by Francis, The Owl, played by performance artist Estelle Riviere, portrays an otherworldly fragility.

I would like this piece to transmit the idea of harnessing the power of anger for transformation. For me, the beautiful morphing quality of the CymaScope imagery describes the intangible evolution from one state of being to another through the psychic and emotional complexities of the human spirit. 

The CymaScope offers us the opportunity to visualise these changes taking place on a cellular level. That we are partly comprised water enhances our affinity with the sound structures produced by this invaluable instrument.

Francis Angol – movement artist & choreographer
Estelle Riviere – as the Owl and maker of costume
John Stuart Reid – Cymascope footage
Film, concept & music written, performed & produced by © Gaynor Perry

Estelle Riviere as The Owl

Estelle Riviere as The Owl

Francis Angol in the CymaGlyph 

Estelle Riviere as The Owl

Francis Angol

Estelle Riviere as The Owl

Francis Angol 

Estelle Riviere as The Owl

Estelle Riviere – as The Owl 

Estelle Riviere – as The Owl 

Estelle Riviere – as The Owl in the CymaGlyph

Estelle Riviere – as The Owl 

Estelle Riviere
Francis Angol

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Exhibiting The Dawn

My painting The Dawn Has A Lot To Offer will be on show as part of the Islington Arts Factory Summer Salon.

“The Summer Salon embodies Islington Arts Factory’s ethos of creating an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome to participate, and providing a launch pad for local and emerging talent,” says Eleanor Pearce, IAF’s Art Director. “The idea for the show grew from French salons where people would meet to discuss the arts and exchange ideas. During the Salon we will be promoting formal and informal discussions about contemporary art themes”. 

Exhibition: 10th June – 1st July 2016

Private View: 10th June 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Road, London N7 0SF

The Dawn Has A Lot To Offer
98 x 98 cm (framed) oil on board 
Detail below.

About this painting:  I photographed the dawn on my phone over a six month period. There is always time for a photograph, no matter how late I'm running. The photos were taken between shampoo and eyeliner, creaking wardrobe door and flurry of garments.

The dawn began to infiltrate my dreams until I was wholly imbued with the spirit of night turning to day. This feeling is the raw material for my painting.

This is one of the photographs I took of the dawn whilst I was making the painting. I have never seen the sun do that before, or since ...

I'm always watching the light