Visual Art Exhibition
Movements in Light
Guy Sherwin presented an exhibition of new and rarely seen works at Siobhan Davies Studios. Having occupied a central position within experimental film culture since the mid 1970s, his works are best characterised by their use of movement and light, both within the films and within the processes he sets up in making them. Here he presented three new works, including Staircase (2011) filmed at Siobhan Davies Studios, alongside other works including rarely seen drawings and mechanical pieces.
Sherwin presented a special programme of four live performance works: Sound Cuts (2007) performed with artist Lynn Loo, Wires (2004/2009), Bay Bridge from Embarcadero (2002/2006), and the seminal Man with Mirror (1976/2006). This programme was followed by a panel talk in which the artist was joined by Joy Sleeman (Head of Art History, Slade, UCL) and Steven Ball (artist and film researcher). They discussed ideas of ‘environment’ in response to Sherwin’s performances, from the working environment of the projectors, to the depicted environments of the landscapes within the work.
Also on display throughout the weekend, was Sherwin’s Tree Reflection #2 (2011), in which a single strip of film ran in opposite directions through two interlocked 16mm projectors. Facing each other in the centre of the room, mirrors project the images (of trees reflected in water) onto opposing walls.
Movements in Light was the first exhibition in a series entitled Animated Environments, curated by Charles Danby, at Siobhan Davies Studios. The series investigates images as still frames of time within the fields of photography, film and performance.
Guy Sherwin studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the late 1960s. His subsequent film works often use serial forms and live elements, and engage with light and time as fundamental to cinema. Recent works include performances that use multiple projectors and optical sound, and installations made for an exhibition space.
Sherwin taught printing and processing at the London Film-Makers’ Co-op (now LUX) during the mid-70s. His films were included in ‘Film as Film’ Hayward Gallery 1979, ‘Live in Your Head’ Whitechapel Gallery 2000, ‘Shoot Shoot Shoot’ Tate Modern 2002, ‘A Century of Artists’ Film & Video’ Tate Britain 2003/4. He lives in London and teaches at Middlesex University and University of Wolverhampton.
(Biography correct at time of exhibition, 2011)