Jeannie Driver: Degrees of Ambiguity
Degrees of Ambiguity is Driver’s latest drawing installation that utilises her drawing kit of independent lines* together with the isometric grid as the underlying organisational structure to experiment with perception and the relationship between artwork and audience.
“Although the grid has been explored throughout art history as a device and structure, I want the viewer to experience the work with no need of these references, but as simple geometric structure that is divided, cut and intersected to provide aesthetic exploration. It is all a matter of position and perspective."
Sited on a white cube situated in the CourtX pavilion, Degrees of Ambiguity, takes the intersections of the isometric grid as a starting point to create further ambiguities as it wraps around the 90 degree corners of the two metre cube.
The installed drawing constructed from the artists drawing kit of charcoal coated shredded paper strips are suspended from rods that protrude from the cube creating additional planes. Precariously held in place with gravity, the lines are anchored by the grid, but not restrained by it. On closer inspection they are irregular and not quite conforming to the structure. This unfixed approach enables the artist to alter the drawing periodically throughout the four weeks of the exhibition to present a sense of fluidity and change.
Creating a drawing on a cube with four protruding corners is a new challenge for the artist and inverts her approach of using corners in a room for works such as Flat Corner, recently shown in the Dazzle and Disrupt exhibition in Quay Arts, and most recently in the Edge to Edge exhibition at the Cello Factory.
To compliment the installed drawing a series of framed collages titled Quiet Corners, together with window vinyl artworks play with the isometric grid, as rotation presents further visual ambiguities. Framed works are available for sale, please contact the artist for further information.
* Independent Lines,: Strips of paper, created with a shredding machine. These independent lines, have featured in previous works, such as Lines of Passage and When Contents Become Form, where the data was central to the work. These paper strips and have since been coated in charcoal to embed data and become ‘independent lines’ forming part of a drawing kit that have been used to create works such as Cyclical Drift, Stretching a Line and With Draw. This approach of re-using material from one installation to another relates to the artists sensibility to the cyclical nature of resources and with a responsibility to materials.
CourtX is pleased to showcase the Pavilion Studio as a new space for artists work to be shown. Philanthropy is at the heart of this burgeoning art programme with an aim to expand the CourtX offering to be a hub of cultural activity amongst the Southsea community, Portsmouth and beyond.