This is Just What I Saw
In response to her collaborative research project with Geography Dr Sarah Mills, Reader in Human Geography, artist Katarina Hruskova has produced a mixed media installation comprising printed textile and spoken word.
The pair’s research, exploring the legacy of influential art educator and pioneer of the child art movement Marion Richardson, was conducted through an intensive series of workshops with groups of school children, as well as children and young adults in alternative learning environments. The workshops were structured around narratives written by Hruskova and focused on two aspects of Richardson’s methodology: ‘Mind Pictures’, and drawing and painting from description.
Richardson used the term ‘Mind Pictures’ to describe images which ‘came spontaneously to the mind’s eye’ without any further instruction. In this exercise she simply encouraged pupils to close their eyes and paint ‘whatever they saw’, stimulating individual vision and trust in one’s own expression.
Drawing and painting from description was more structured; Richardson set a scene using detailed verbal description, which pupils would then re-create in their drawing or painting.
While these two methods provided a backbone for Hruskova’s texts, examples of drawings and paintings made by Marion Richardson’s pupils, which are held within her archive at Birmingham City University inspired their visuality.
In the last stage of this project, Hruskova has selected and assembled elements and gestures from the artwork produced by workshop participants to create collages and patterns.
In the final installation these collective images have been reproduced onto the surfaces of carpets, encouraging the viewer to sit down, listen to the stories behind the patterns and consider the malleable relationship between image and language.
The exhibition will be open from 10-5pm, Mon-Fri and on Saturday 19 October, 12-5pm.
Special opening event
There will be a special opening event for this exhibition on Thursday 3rd October from 6.30-7.30pm featuring a conversation between the artist Katerina Hruskova and Dr Sarah Mills. This is a free event with refreshments provided; anyone is welcome to attend but advance booking is recommended. The exhibition will be open from 4pm on this date so that visitors can explore the work beforehand. For more information and to book, visit the Radar website.
Katarina Hruskova is a Slovak artist, born in Ruzomberok, Slovakia; currently based in Berlin, Germany. She studied at the Royal College of Art (MA, 2014) and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam (BFA, 2010). She has exhibited and performed in the UK, Netherlands, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Germany and Portugal; her recent presentations include Residency Unlimited, (New York, USA), House of Egorn (Berlin, DE), Nitrianska Galeria (Nitra, SK), Galerie TIC (Brno, CZ), Black Tower Projects (London, UK), Institut fuer Bienenzucht (London, UK), Zona Mista (London, UK), Danielle Arnaud Gallery London, UK) and The Bluecoat Liverpool. Katarina has taken part in residencies in NY (Residency Unlimited, 2018), Italy (Residenza Petrolio, 2015), NY (Brooklyn Langer Residency, 2014) and Slovakia (Banska St a nica Contemporary, 2011 and 2014). She is one of the laureates of the Oskar Cepan Award, YVAA Slovakia (2017).