Silver Form (2011) by Graham Gussin
Graham Gussin

Visual Art Exhibition

Animated Environments Part 2
04 May – 01 July 2012

Siobhan Davies Dance presented Animated Environments Part 2, by British visual artist Graham Gussin. This was the second in a series of three projects curated by Charles Danby for Siobhan Davies Dance. Animated Environments examines the active potential of images as still frames of time within the fields of photography, film and event.

The exhibition focused on painting, photography and film as platforms for performance. Gussin’s works were inspired by the drama and suspense of cinema. Using sound, close-up, freeze frame, special effects and title credits, Gussin created moments which are removed from narrative sequence. The works focused on the building of tension in the run up to an event or moment of drama.

Illumination Rig

Alongside his exhibition, Graham Gussin presented the first London showing of Illumination Rig.  Installed close to Siobhan Davies Studios, the work intersected directly with the fast-changing development and regeneration of the Elephant & Castle landscape.  Illumination Rig is an ongoing installation of film lights that transforms the environment within which it is set, and has previously been shown at Reculver, Kent (2004), Newcastle (2006), Sharjah, UAE (2007) and Margate, for the opening of Turner Contemporary (2011).
‘A landscape, arena or situation becomes the subject of the work simply through being lit, it is a way of painting directly onto a landscape – urban or rural, occupied or deserted…’ Graham Gussin

Graham Gussin Info sheet

Film: Artist in Conversation


Graham Gussin studied at Middlesex Polytechnic (1981-85) and Chelsea School of Art (1990).  Recent exhibitions include: Art House Foundation (solo) (2011), Turner Contemporary (group), Margate (2011), Camden Arts Centre (group) (2010), and Baltic (group) (2010).  He is a lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art.

(Biography correct at time of exhibition, July 2012)