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The Silent Improviser

Drawings 2017 - Present. Ongoing. UK.
Materials: Paper, fine liners, & silver, gold and red pens
Dimensions: A4


The Silent Improviser are drawings or as I put them - silent music, made with sound and musical elements in mind. They have crossed disciplines where they were read as visual scores and interpreted by improviser musicians for performances in London. Musicians associate the visuals with positioning of the players, type of instruments to participate (for example, circles to be played by strings only), repetitions in association with the numbers, groupings (triangle could be interpreted as a trio), notes and accents and so on. These works are now on display and available for sale at the bookshop area of IKLECTIK, London.

All the live performances where these drawings were read as visual scores have been recorded and are available on Soundcloud.

 

Live Performances for Drawing I, II and III (in order of play) as part of the London New Wind Festival 2017 can be found here: 

https://soundcloud.com/adriannorth/sets/music-for-nodes-lines

Date: 5 Dec 2017

Musicians: Catherine Pluygers - Oboe, Neil Metcalf - Flute, Adrian Northover - Soprano & Alto Sax, Sue Lynch - Tenor Sax, Sylvia Hallet - Violin, Pier Paulo Martino - Double Bass, Adam Bohman - Amplified Objects. Recorded by Isa Ferri.

 


 

Nodes, Lines, Destinations and Others II

Drawings 2017 - Present. Ongoing. UK.
Materials: Paper, fine liners, silver and gold pens
Dimensions: A5, A4 and A3


These are variations of the Series I drawings which started in 2014. Each random node is a destination. Every line is a journey. Often, they are intercepted by other unknowns. More of the drawings are now on display and available for sale at the bookshop area of IKLECTIK, London.

 


 

The Multitude of Seeing Part II

 

Painting 2017. UK.
Materials: Oil on Canvas
100cm x 100cm

 

The oil paintings A Multitude of Seeing (2016 - 2017) were made through multiple stages of transferring what I see onto canvas. A Multitude of Seeing III and IV were site specific to Harts Lane Studio Gallery, venue for the exhibition Room 101. I took pictures of the neighbourhood of the gallery at New Cross Gate, then projected some these images onto the wall of the exhibition space. I subsequently took pictures of the projection in the room, followed by painting selected elements from the pictures onto canvas. The paintings were finally shown in the actual space again hence adding another layer of 'seeing' into the work. 

 


 

The Multitude of Seeing Part I

 

Painting 2016. UK.
Materials: Oil on Canvas
50cm x 40cm

 

The oil paintings A Multitude of Seeing 2016 were made through multiple stages of transferring what I see at IKLECTIK Art Lab, London where I work as an assistant. Inspired by my continuous experience in this place where I often see projections of found objects projected onto walls as backdrops to musical concerts, I transferred these theatrical sceneries onto canvases. Combining projected images and real objects like structural beams, tables and chairs, things are re-presented in distorted perspectives. In the exhibition The Weather Forecast 2016, these paintings were shown in the actual space IKLECTIK where the series of work was inspired by, hence adding another layer into the work based on the concept of seeing through the eyes of the viewers.

 


 

Nodes, Lines, Destinations and Others I

 

Drawings 2014 - Present. Ongoing. UK.
Materials: Graph paper, paper, fine liners and fluorescent colour
Dimensions variable


Each random node is a destination. Every line is a journey. Sometimes they are intercepted by others.

 


 

Square One Series

 

Drawings 2010 - Present. Ongoing. UK.
Materials: Pencil on paper
Dimensions variable


I use squares as the basic units to build these drawings. Squares signify unity. By using a ruler to measure out the dimensions of the squares, I incorporate measurements and geometry into the work. It is both mechanical and expressive.

 


 

Chess

 

Painting 2006. HK.
Materials: Oil on Canvas
50cm x 40cm


People as chess. Are lives destined? We could be the chess and we could be the hand behind.

 


 

Collage

 

Paintings 2005. HK.
Materials: Oil on Canvas
40cm x 40cm


Paintings based on sketches made of paper collages.