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Pauline Amos painting performance – a durational exhibition in collaboration with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Crossrail Place Roof Garden, Canary Wharf
[29 August, 2018] Internationally acclaimed artist Pauline Amos will create a unique multi-sensory experience of performance, painting and sound at Canary Wharf between Monday 24th and Friday 28th September. Working in collaboration with the renowned British period instrument orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Canary Wharf Group, the installation will be brought to life within the award winning Crossrail Place Roof Garden in the heart of the Canary Wharf estate.
Pauline Amos is a performance and painting artist, who has pioneered a unique style of work. Building on the thinking of artists Kandinsky and Schoenberg who famously extolled the harmony between painting and music in the last century, she curates her work with live performance and music to create a unique experience.
In Amos’ latest work, a collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Baroque music, Amos reacts to nature, art and orchestration. The painting performance, titled ‘Natural Orchestration’, is Amos’ comment on the increasing disconnect and disrespect shown towards humanity, nature and the animal kingdom.
Amos will respond to the music and given circumstances of the venue over the course of four days. She will create a large scale masterpiece made up of four panels (3 meters by 9 meters in total). Working with a mixture of media, oil paint and charcoal, Amos paints with her hands and body. Each panel will be signed and sold with a video of the performance, with 50% of the proceeds donated to the Orchestraof the Age of Enlightenment Charity.
Amos comments, ‘The paintings are documents and a recording of an event, an action that happened – they are not the work; the action, the performance and the improvised, impulsive moment is the work, where life is.’
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will play a full repertoire of Baroque compositions from Bach to Handel and Corelli, offering Amos an accompaniment of passionate and dramatic musical arrangements, to which she will respond on canvas.
This performance follows on from Amos’ unique performance work ‘Pity The Meat’ created for Stolen Space gallery, London last year where she performed ‘live’ over 5 days, creating a 12 meter by 3 meter painting.
Canary Wharf visitors will be able to watch this unique live painting performance, set against a specially curated music composition by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Immersed in Amos’ distinctive performance style, the audience can watch the process and creation of the large scale masterpiece.
The durational performance at Crossrail Place Roof Gardens will begin on Monday 24thSeptember with the Amos painting performance from 10am-6:30pm, building towards a closing event and performance with the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment on Thursday 27thSeptember. The finished art work will be available to view on Friday, 28th September for one day only.
About Pauline Amos
British born artist Pauline Amos has a career spanning 28 years. As a multi-disciplinary artist her visual practice covers a wide spread spectrum including drawing, painting, performance, film, photography, sculpture, music composition and installation. She has pioneered a unique style of work, combining live painting performance and music, evolving the work of Kandinsky and Schoenberg, who extolled the harmony between art and music in the last century. Previously she has presented a ‘durational’ performance in Rome at the Opera Paese gallery, producing her renowned Opera Paese painting which was launched at her first exhibition in London in 2005 with a price tag of £1.3m. Born in Liverpool, Amos attended Liverpool art college, BA (Hons) Manchester, PhD Dartington College of Arts.
About the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Three decades ago, a group of London musicians took a good look at that curious institution we call the Orchestra, and decided to start again from scratch. They began by throwing out the rulebook. Put a single conductor in charge? No way. Specialise in repertoire of a particular era? Too restricting. Perfect a work and then move on? Too lazy. The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment was born.
Since then, the OAE has shocked, changed and mesmerised the music world. Residencies at the Southbank Centre and Glyndebourne haven’t numbed its experimentalist bent. Record deals haven’t ironed out its quirks. Period-specific instruments have become just one element of its quest for authenticity.
Today the OAE is cherished more than ever. It still pushes for change, and still stands for excellence, diversity and exploration. More than thirty years on, there’s still no orchestra in the world quite like it.
About Canary Wharf Group
Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16.5m sq ft of London real estate, which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.
The Canary Wharf estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens. It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.
Canary Wharf’s new district, Wood Wharf, will provide up to 3,600 new homes, 2.8m sq ft of office space, 380,000 sq ft of retail space and over eight acres of public spaces, squares and parks. There will also be a GP surgery and a two-form primary school for 420 children.
Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.
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