Brass Art is the collaborative practice of Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz & Anneké Pettican.
Brass Art utilise analogue and digital technologies as a means to capture themselves anew in real and imagined situations. They have occupied museum collections, been passengers in hot air balloons, directors of endoscopic filming and performed in daylight as shadowy 'trespassers'. By editing and inserting themselves into a variety of spaces they use performative play as a means to examine the gap between public and private experience. This includes self-replication as hand-modelled miniatures, 3D printed facsimiles, inflatable forms and vinyl decals.
Their artwork returns to themes of the double, the in/animate, the miniature and the limen. Interested in the most playful aspect of 'doubling', and how it is performed within collaborative practice, they use the form of the 'shadow self' to represent this process and animate static forms (figures, silhouettes, objects) with light. In their shadow play they increasingly use 3D bodyscanning to create their own doppelgangers, combining the tradition of surreal self-portraiture, expertise in bio-medical data gathering and contemporary sculptural practice. Playful manipulation of the body's anatomical boundaries, through metamorphosis and narrative tableaux, enables the artists' portraits to shift between the real and the virtual.
Their current research focuses on the creative and performative potential of 3D bodyscanning technology, 3D printing, shadow-play and Kinect on-range scanning.
CV & Education
2013 The Imagining of Things Huddersfield Art Gallery, with Alistair MacDonald
2010 The Non-existence of the Unnamed The International3, Manchester
2008 Skyscraping Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
2007 Here and Elsewhere Globe City Gallery, Newcastle
2006 Brass Art: beside ourselves The International3, Manchester
2005 Phantasmagoria The Lowry, Salford. New audio commission with Matt Wand
2005 Text Festival Commissioned text piece installed at Radcliffe Metro Station
2002 No-place Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery
1999 Dream Inspires Better World Gallery - Ove Arup and Partners, Manchester
1999 STALK Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester - MART 99. Curated by Brass Art
Selected group exhibitions:
2013 Time For Light Bury Museum and Art Gallery
2012 Flights of Fancy Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton, Cheshire
2011 Dark Matters Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
2010 The Economy of the Gift A Foundation, Liverpool, audio commission by Monty Adkins
2010 Inside Out Object Gallery, Sydney, Royal College of Art, London, MIRIAD, Manchester
2010 Concrete and Glass Hoxton Square, London
2009 Tell it to the Trees Croft Castle, National Trust, Herefordshire.
2008 The Jerwood Drawing Prize The Jerwood Space, London
2008 ArtFutures 08 Bloomberg Space, London
Selected artist talks/conferences:
2013 The Responsible Artist? RSA NW event, Royal Society of the Arts, London
2012 Captured Play: The Scene Unseen School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art
2012 From Wunderkammern to Kinect Siggraph, Los Angeles
2012 Future Forms Conference, MIRIAD, Manchester
2011 Pinning it down: Drawing as Capture Technologies of Drawing University of Huddersfield
2011 The 2nd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland
2011 Staging Illusion: Digital & Cultural Fantasy, University of Sussex
2011 Pairings Manchester Metropolitan University
2010 Augmented Reality: Digital Doubles ISEA2010: RUHR Dortmund, Germany.
2009 Light Reading series 9, No.w.here, London. Brass Art with Coline Milliard.
2009 Evolution Festival Lumen, Leeds Metropolitan Gallery
2007 Upgrade! New Media Scotland, Dundee Contemporary Arts
2012 Leonardo Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology., ACM SIGGRAPH - MIT Press, Los Angeles
2012 Tatton Park Biennial 2012 Flights of Fancy Authors: Cherry Smyth, Rebecca Geldard, Danielle Arnaud, Jordan Kaplan. ISBN978 09571626 0 0
2011 Corridor8 #3 The Quick Slow Edition, Part 1
2010 ISEA2010: RUHR conference publication - peer reviewed papers. ISBN 978 3 86895 103 5
2010 Corridor8 #2 - The Borderlands issue. ISBN 978 0 9552672 3 9
2008 Skyscraping Essays by David Thorp & Clare Lilley. Yorkshire Sculpture Park. ISBN 1 871480 65 5
2008 Jerwood Drawing Prize 2008 ISBN 13 978 0955664670