Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Coming Soon on 12-pages.com...

The Terror Issue of 12-Pages will be published online in March 2012. For more information about the project and details of how to submit work click here.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

File Magazine: CityLikeYou

I was recently asked to contribute to File Magazine's CityLikeYou project, where selected creative practitioners from around the world discuss notable locations in the cities where they live and/or work. The article can now be seen at: http://file-magazine.com/citylikeyou/profiles/charley-peters

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Sketchbook: English National Ballet

Charley Peters, Drawing: English National Ballet (2012), Pencil on Paper

Today I was privileged enough to have access to draw dancers from the English National Ballet rehearsing for the production of Strictly Gershwin at the Coliseum Theatre, London. During their daily class I recorded the movement of the dancers, focusing on the space inhabited on the stage by both individual members of the company and also groups of dancers moving in harmony. At times the drawings concentrated on expressing the movements of the dancers' arms or feet during their warm up exercises and other pieces plotted the dancers as they traversed the stage, using the pages of my sketchbook to visually locate the dancers. The drawing process necessitated me to look at the dancers at all times, rather than the paper, and the drawings were revealed as finished sketches at the end of each exercise or rehearsed excerpt from the production. Each drawing lasted for the same duration as a particular exercise or sequence of movements. Some examples of the drawings produced today are below.

Charley Peters, Drawings: English National Ballet (2012), Pencil on Paper

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Studio Views: Psychoparadoxa, Developments in Studio Drawing

Charley Peters, Studio Drawings for Psychoparadoxa Series (2012), Yarn

My first studio day of 2012 led to developments of the Psychoparadoxa series of line drawings. The drawings were taken from the flat surface of the paper and constructed in yarn, suspended in a 3-dimensional space in the studio. The original works in ink suggested 'opened-out' perspective drawings and by executing them in the physical space of a room the relationship between background and foreground lines could be explored further. The yarn does not make contact with the studio wall at any point, but forms a geometric construction in space that marks out drawn lines in 3-dimensions.

Charley Peters, Studio Drawings for Psychoparadoxa Series (Detail) (2012), Yarn
Charley Peters, from Psychoparadoxa Series (2011), Ink on Graph Paper

Exhibition News: She Blocks the Highway

Charley Peters & Eddie Otchere, Untitled Street Intervention (2011), C-Print and Drawing

This month the international art project She Blocks the Highway opens at Fontanian Studios, Hong Kong. The exhibition will feature works based on artists' captioned visual interpretations of a fictional event written by exhibition organiser Wai Man Leung. My collaboration with photographer Eddie Otchere, Untitled Street Intervention, will be shown as part of the project. The exhibition features work from artists in China, UK, Germany, Finland and USA.