Approved: 16.08.2006

Abbi Torrance

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

I am interested in the primacy of structure or agency in human behaviour, I look at systems and structures that control us and make drawings to explore this. In capitalist societies the individual is regarded as a self-conscious responsible agent, whose actions can be explained by his or her beliefs and thoughts. This is acquired within the structure of established social practices, which impose on

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  • Location: Devon, South West
  • Activities: Residencies, Participatory projects, Private commissions
  • Categories: Project, Drawing, Live Art, Painting, Printmaking, Public Art
  • Tags: drawing, pattern, graph, maths, figurative, people, portrait, society, social network
 
 

Biography

I am interested in the primacy of structure or agency in human behaviour, I look at systems and structures that control us and make drawings to explore this. In capitalist societies the individual is regarded as a self-conscious responsible agent, whose actions can be explained by his or her beliefs and thoughts. This is acquired within the structure of established social practices, which impose on the individual. However, we have learnt from early psychology experiments that we are easily manipulated by authority and even lie to ourselves to fit in with the crowd. Today, we live our lives to a predetermined formula prescribed by powerful global companies. I appropriate choreographed formations to represent human communication and control. A social landscape is built up by combining the formations in diagrams on large scale paper which mimics the way that large corporations see us as data, markets and demographics. These abstract mappings of social networking diagrams and other systems such as feedback systems link the formation drawings to each other, in such we are reduced to a pattern.

CV & Education

Competitions, prizes and awards

2009 - Teddy Smith Award National Open competition, Minerva Theatre, Chicester

2002 - Award Commissions East 

Qualifications and training

2011 - MA Fine Art - Drawing, Wimbledon College of Art, London

2000 - BA Hons Fine Art 2.1, Middlesex University, London

1997 - Foundation Art & Design, Shepperton Art School, London

1995 - Photography & darkroom techniques, Hommerton Art Centre, London

Selected exhibitions

2014 - This science life, Bearspace Gallery, London Art Fair 

2013 - Art Lacuna pop up print show, London

2013 - RA Summer exhibition selected by Humphry Ocean, London

2013 - Creekside Open, selected by Ceri Hand, London 

2013 - Paper Thin, Bearspace Gallery, London

2012 - Wrong door pop up gallery space, Broadway Market, London

2012 - Bread and Roses, Motorcade/FlashParade, Bristol

2012 - Form vs Form, Abbi Torrance and paul Ridyard, Bearspace Gallery, London

2011 - Futura Bold Furura Oblique, The Nunnery, East London

2011 - Hung, Drawn and Altered: Drawn In, Karin Janssen project space, London

2010 - Monster, 242 Gallery, London

2010 - The Public are not Invited, Nottingham

2010 - By appointment at the ICA, London

2010 - I swore, I sore, Nunnery, London

2009 - National open competition, Chicester

2009 - CHANGE - Edinburgh Art Festival, art's complex, st. margaret's house, Edinburgh

2009 - The Living swamp, Quartair, The Hague, Holland

2008 - Awopbopaloobop, Transition Gallery, East London

2008 - Discerning Eye, Mall Gallery, London

2008 - Awopbopaloobop, Transition Gallery, London

2006 - Emerging Artists, Coppleston Art Centre, Peckham

2005 - Healthy Air, Stoke Health, Stowmarket

2005 - May fete with a twist, Cecil Sharpe House, London

2004 - Mesh, Seven Seven, Broadway Market, London

2003 - Mutiny at the Barge House, Barge House, Oxo Tower Wharf, London

2003 - Reduced, Century Gallery, London

2003 - Women's work, Fairfields Art Centre, Basingstoke

2002 - Face 2002, The Gallery Cork Street, London

2001 - dna - looking at perception of and reactions to voyeurism and surveillance, Spitz Gallery, London

2001 - Generate - living with disability, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

2000 - Film & video , 291 Gallery, London

2000 - Trampoline - digital media & live performance, Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham 

2005 - May day, Cecil Sharpe House, Camden, London

Online curated selections

2012 Saatchi online 100 curators 100 days – Curator Leslie Jones

http://www.saatchionline.com/art-collection/Abstract-Realism-Surrealism/100-Curators-Collection/348928/22472/view

Saatchi online 100 curators 100 days – Curator Angelika Richter

http://www.saatchionline.com/art-collection/Drawing-Painting-Assemblage-Collage/100-Curators-Collection/348859/22367/view