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Jon Bird: invited speaker at Figures of Expression and Transgression
Monday 10 November 2014, Drawing Room, 2 - 6pm.

Jon Bird: invited speaker at Figures of Expression and Transgression

10 November 2014, 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tannery Arts, 12 Rich Estate,
Crimscott Street, London SE1 5TE

Professor of Art and Critical Theory Jon Bird has been invited to present at Figures of Expression and Transgression, a seminar organised at the Drawing Room, London, exploring contemporary artists’ representation of the naked body and the role of drawing in this, Schiele’s legacy in relation to art and the pornographic image, myth and the figure in the work of Leon Golub and Nancy Spero.

The afternoon will include contributions from David Austen (artist and co-curator of The Nakeds), Jon Bird (Professor of Art & Critical theory, Middlesex University), Gemma Blackshaw ( Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Plymouth and co-curator of The Nakeds), Mary Doyle ( co-director of Drawing Room and co-curator of The Nakeds), Simon Grant (writer, editor of TATE ETC. magazine and co-editor of Picpus magazine), Stewart Helm (artist) , Chantal Joffe (artist) and Kate Macfarlane ( co-director of Drawing Room and co-curator of The Nakeds).

Presentations will include:

Myth and the Figure in the Work of Leon Golub and Nancy Spero - a talk by Professor Jon Bird (Art & Critical theory, Middlesex University).

Artists in Conversation - Chantal Joffe and Stewart Helm in conversation with Mary Doyle about their approaches to representing nakedness. Joffe adopts skewed angles and dynamic cropping to create penetrating images of people. An admirer of Schiele, especially for the manner in which he “becomes the pencil”, she has also sought to find a “way out from under the weight of the great male artist”. Stewart Helm creates seas of male figures from his imagination as a means to unburden himself of obsessions and demons. He also draws from observation - the transvestites in Palermo Park in Buenos Aires bring to life the figments of his imagination.

Good Timing – A conversation between David Austen and Gemma Blackshaw chaired by Simon Grant, exploring issues that informed the curation of The Nakeds. In particular Austen’s interest in the poetic relationship between the artists’ work, the idea of nakedness, the figure alone in the void, desire and shame; and Blackshaw’s investigation into how contemporary women artists interrogate modernist concepts of nakedness, gender and sexuality.

Tickets £18.00/£16.00.