Studio, New York, 2016, Claire Zakiewicz performing drawing, photo: Isaac Rosenthal

IMPRECISION: The Aesthetics of Failure examines the tensions between failure and perfection

ARTI3160 Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition IMPRECISION: The Aesthetics of Failure featuring new works by Claire Zakiewicz, with an opening reception and performances on May 11, 2019.

IMPRECISION: The Aesthetics of Failure examines the tensions between failure and perfection: the techniques, limitations and the implications. “In my drawings, I’ve noticed that aiming for something ugly can produce beauty. Failure creates new pathways; it disrupts prescribed patterns,” says Zakiewicz. “Drawing blindfolded with one’s attention on something other than the drawing, almost, always produces a quality of line, unity and balance of shapes – even – or more prominently, as control moves further away.”

Zakiewicz asks: What is failure? How does failure relate to imperfection? We often think of failure as the opposite of success, however, in many ways, failure can be associated with eliminating expectation or a state of not “consciously” aiming for pure perfection. Embracing “failure” per se can often lead to a more balanced symmetry. So, is failure the resolution?

The exhibition will feature a new body of large-scale breath and observational drawings that translate the topography and architectural structures – line, form and symmetry, found in the distinct cities of New York, Venice and London, which are places the artist has been working between. Often influenced by the sounds and gestures found in each city, each line represents a fluctuation in rhythm and density, becoming a geographical typography that visualizes both kinesthetic and sonic movement. Zakiewicz examines the complexities and differences between drawing from direct observation, memory, the imagination and from a prescribed pattern.

The entire gallery will transform into a complete-interactive submersion of meditations in space–breath, stroke and gesture. “I layered each composition responding to various sounds, notations, and other drawing methods relating to duration. The durational aspect of each drawing is created by the connection between the brush stroke and the attention to breath,” says Zakiewicz.

The official opening on May 11, 2019 with a preview at 1pm on May 10th that will feature an exclusive performance by British writer and performer Dannie-Lu Carr, who will be reciting a series of poems dedicated to “imprecision- the aesthetics of failure.” In conversation, New York based artist Hector Canonge will be performing during the finassage on May 30, 2019 at 7pm.

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Zakiewicz studied Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London and Cambridge College of Art, prior to completing a research-based MFA at Sir John Cass School of Art, London. Her research predominantly examines how the body experiences the world and how we conceptualize and perceive objects, frames, repetition and embodied patterns.



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