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DRAF Studio – Art360 presents Shooting Performance: Edward Woodman and British Art of the 1980s and 1990s (21 Sept – 7 Oct 2017)

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Opening Reception: Weds 20 Sept, 6.30–8.30pm

Performance by Stuart Brisley of Action for body and voice: EVENING TIDE: 7.15pm

Art360 presents Shooting Performance: Edward Woodman and British Art of the 1980s and 1990s, a special exhibition in association with DRAF (David Roberts Art Foundation).

Edward Woodman has been photographing artists and their work for over four decades, capturing historic moments and influential figures in British contemporary art. Shooting Performance assembles a selection of photographs of important performances and installations by artists including Phyllida Barlow, Stuart Brisley, Anya Gallaccio, David Medalla and Cornelia Parker from the 1980s and 1990s.

The singularity of Woodman’s achievement and influence lies in his unique collaborations with artists, which went beyond documentation to forge important creative relationships that became intrinsic to the work. At a time when installation and performance were becoming central to contemporary art practice, Woodman became the photographer of choice for a number of artists who recognised his unique ability to interpret their practice and ideas.

Having worked initially as a commercial photographer, Woodman brought a commercial eye to the documentation of contemporary art, which resulted in a groundbreaking vision which was recognised and highly valued by all the artists with whom he worked. British art critic and journalist Louisa Buck suggests “perhaps it was a childhood spent watching movies from the projection box of an east London cinema, where his father was manager, that gave Woodman an affinity with intense visual experience” (Moving Targets: A User’s Guide to British Art Now, Tate Gallery, 1997).

Now in his early 70s, Woodman has been participating over the last year in Art360, a three-year project to develop and sustain the archives and legacies of 100 leading modern and contemporary artists. Woodman has worked with curators and archivists to scan and catalogue thousands of photographic images, and Shooting Performance draws on this extraordinary archive.

Artist Richard Wilson reflects, “Edward was a genius, he was the only real practitioner at the time who was documenting professionally artists’ work, he was in big demand, and the fabulous thing was that Edward could really bring emotion into the photographs…He would come in and he would look at the piece of work for about half an hour, he would then set up and he’d go click, and that’s it, one image.”

The exhibition is curated by Gilane Tawadros and Judy Adam. It will take place in DRAF Studio, Symes Mews, London NW1 7JE, from Thursday 21 September to Saturday 7 October. The exhibition coincides with Frieze London and DRAF’s 10th Anniversary celebrations.

DRAF has for ten years presented a compelling and impressive programme of performance. A unique space dedicated to live work, DRAF Studio has hosted performance residencies and commissions by artists including Stuart Brisley, Guy Sherwin, Edward Thomasson, Stina Nyberg, Haroon Mirza, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, Jacopo Miliani and Zoe Williams.

 

 

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  • Cornelia Parker, Words That Define Gravity (1992), work in progress. Photo: Edward Woodman. Image courtesy DACS Foundation / Art360.
    1/1Cornelia Parker, Words That Define Gravity (1992), work in progress. Photo: Edward Woodman. Image courtesy DACS Foundation / Art360.