A Line of Thought, Through Science and Art

Last week was full of interesting events providing much inspiration. The week’s cultural trail started with a visit the Paul Klee exhibition at Tate Modern. The artist’s development journeyed across many rooms, through his varied approaches and sensitive exploration of colour and line. I was pleased to be able to take away a copy of Klee’s Pedagogical Sketchbook, a small yellow book he created when teaching at Bauhaus; it includes exploration of line and structure.

On Tuesday, I was invited to London Laser. At first glance, I thought it was about lasers! It is in fact an event new to the UK from the US for those interested in cross disciplinary approaches in art and science; hosted by University of The Arts London and University of Westminster. We enjoyed talks from Dr Daniel Galser, Director of King’s College Science Gallery, soon to open in SE1 and Nicola Triscott, Director of The Arts Catalyst, who celebrate their 20th anniversary this year. She spoke about their fascinating projects to date. Finally an enthusiastic David Finnagan spoke about his Systems Science participatory theatre project, Best Festival Ever.

Out of Tate and across London, the line re-emerged and was subject to more experimentation as I visited Abstract Drawing at the Drawing Room. A great space in Bermondsey run by Kate Macfarlane and Mary Doyle. Curated by Richard Deacon, it is a broad collection of works including artists I am fascinated with: Eva Heese; Dom Sylvester Houédard, who was suggested to me by one of my Re:View bursary tutors, as he was very interested in Buddhism (and a Benedictine Monk); Mira Schendel; great to see work by weaver Anni Albers; Computer Drawings by Darrell Viner; and many more – too many to mention here.

This week provided plenty of skipping rope to keep me spinning for a while in the studio; I am looking forward to working through Klee’s thoughts on line and structure from his Pedagogical Sketchbook, plus attending more London Laser and Drawing Room events. Maybe see you there?