Fiona Grady: Shadow Play
Art in the Bar
Fiona Grady creates site-responsive drawings on walls, windows and floors using sequences of dispersing geometric shapes. Her practice recognizes the relationship between architecture, installation art and decoration; through the exploration of light, surface and scale. Each piece changes with the light of day emphasizing the passing of time and the ephemeral nature of the work. The artworks are conduits that highlight how light moves throughout a space, stretching and rotating across the day to create rhythms that accentuate the character of their setting.
For her exhibition Shadow Play, Grady has been commissioned to create a series of artworks on the cafe bar windows. Placed in three different areas of the gallery; the window installations reflect the structure of each of the windows they sit within. The drawings are composed from colourful transparent vinyl shapes - their size is determined by the window panes framework. The time based artworks brighten and glow with the changing light of day to cast colour into the room and onto the adjacent surfaces. At times they will be more visible in the interior space, only to disappear in the evenings, when they will alternatively be illuminated by the internal lights to reveal a vibrant appearance from outside the building.
Displayed alongside the windows installations are a series of works on paper which are inspired by the window drawings. In her artistic practice Fiona Grady often uses printmaking as a means to test out ideas: such as new drawing techniques, compositions and spatial possibilities. These works are suggestions for alternative layouts and colour schemes that directly reference the window drawing in Chapter’s ‘cwtch’ windows.
The intention of the exhibition is to create interaction within the venue with simple gestures. The focus on shadows and daylight is a means to connect the interior gallery to the exterior environment. The ever changing artworks seek to encourage the galleries audience to consider the building and it's quieter moments.
Fiona Grady (b. 1984, Leeds, UK) studied BA Fine Art at the University of Wales In Cardiff (UWIC) 2004-2007 and MA Fine Art at Wimbledon School of Art (UAL) 2010- 2011. She lives and works in London.
Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Rendered Invisible’ The Art House, Wakefield (2016); ‘Fractured Visions’ St Marys in the Castle, Hastings (2017); and ‘The Movements’ Adhoc in Bochum, Germany (2017). Selected group exhibitions include ‘Mono’ Flowers Gallery, London; ‘Colour, Order, System’ Sid Motion Gallery, London; ‘A5xn’ Dalla Rosa Gallery, London (all 2017); ‘Prison Drawing Project’ in the Old Town Prison, Scarborough (2016); and ‘Expanding Systems’ APT Gallery, London (2018).Grady has been short-listed for several printmaking prizes including Neo-print Prize (2014), Bainbridge Open (2013) and Clifford Chance’s Survey of MA printmaking (2011). Her public commissions include ‘A Field of Light’ Deptford Rail Station (2012), ‘Illumination II’ Leeds Town Hall (2013) and ‘Natural Triangulations’ Walthamstow Wetlands Visitor Centre (2017).