Driver’s post minimalist works utilise materials and metaphorical references to present works as drawing, installation, sculpture, and film. Fascinated by how paper is able to transverse both the 2D and 3D , ‘Lifting the Drawing off the Page’ is a body of works developed from geometric drawings on the page that utilise systems, materials and measurements to create transient, 'un-fixed', installations that shift in time and space.
An interest in sequence and repetition flows throughout her work, in both the utilitarian material and processes. Traditional drawing materials of charcoal, graphite and paper occupy a dominant presence; as line becomes object, dust becomes surface, and space as form. Created in scale relationship to her own body, the wall installations are presented as an experience for the viewer to navigate.
Driver’s expanded drawings are ‘unfixed’ and present in phases to create a works that shift over time. The works are an invitation. Contained in crates, lines await with instructions, a template and a phased drawing plan. spikes line up to puncture time, lines rise and fall like the breath, quivering in the breeze, they are not still, they are a conversation.
Jeannie Driver. (B. London, 1966) Driver's installations and works have been exhibited nationally in commercial and public galleries. Solo exhibitions include, Degrees of Ambiguity, CourtX, Manifestations of a Cube, Jack House Gallery, When Contents Become Form, Arbyte Gallery., Hackney Wick. Duo exhibitions include Dazzle + Disrupt, Quay Arts, IOW and Ubiquitous Materials, SHP. Selected group shows include Edge to Edge, Cello Factory, Waterloo, Iterations, Art House 1, Bermondsey, FOUND, Woolff Gallery, London, and Preparing the Site, Bank Gallery, Whitechapel. Site Specific installations include Lines of Passage at Salisbury Arts Centre. Artist time and space residencies include ASPEX gallery and Art Studios Oxford.
Working in cycle’s of ten years, Driver’s practise morphs and shifts. Common threads emerge and re-emerge. Drawing, and the line have a consistent presence as both form and metaphor. Processes are imbued with repetition and purpose. Reoccurring questions can be seen throughout her archive including a ‘responsibility to materials’. Context and space is always considered as is the relationship between artwork and audience.
For older works visit http://www.jeanniedriver.com/home/archive
CV & Education
2021. Degrees of Ambiguity, Courtx. Installation
2021 Edge to Edge, Cello Factory. Group show. Curated by Rob Dunt and Alex Hinks
2021. Manifestaitons of a Cube. Jack House Gallery
2021 Dazzle & Disrupt, Quay Arts, Newport, IOW. Due exhibition
2019 UNFIXED. GASP. Exhibition and programme of events.
2018 Stretching the Line, Stroud Vallery Arts.
2016 Preparing The Site, Bank Gallery, Whitechapel. Group exhibtion. Curated by Anna Vardi and Emma Warburton.
2015 Corporate Headquarters. Open Ealing group exhibition with Fabio Lattanzi, Martin Lau, Jon Purnell, Marc Rebshaw.
2015 PAPER, Salisbury Art Centre, April - May. Site specific installation, Lines of Passage.
2014 FFound exhibtion, Woolff Gallery. Group exhibition. 3rd October - 1st November
2013 When Contents Become Form. Solo exhibtion. Arbeit Gallery, Hackney Wick, London.
2012 - Ubiquitous Materials by Jeannie Driver & Christopher Lundie, Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park.
2009 Work Play. Solo exhibtion, SPACE Gallery, Portsmouth
2008 Spike It. ASPEX Gallery & Millias Gallery.
Group exhibitions 2013 - PLAN.OPEN. Super Scale, ARBEIT Gallery. First Floor, 4 White Post Lane., Hackney Wick 2013 - Void Open 2013, Void Gallery, London 2012 - PLAN.OPEN. Hidden/Exposed, Mile End Art Pavilion, London 2012 - SPOTLIGHT curated by OVADA. , Oxford Town Hall, Oxford 2011 - Like Shadows: A Celebration of Shyness, Phoenix Gallery, Brighton 2007 - Works on Paper, Gallery 53, Beauchamp Place, Kingsbridge, London Intervention 2010 - Rising Tides of Bureaucracy. ARC Office. Installation, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
Qualifications. 1996 - MA (by Project) Distinction, University of Portsmouth. BA Fine Art. 1st Class.
August 2018 DYCP award funded by ACE