PAULINE AMOS PAINTING PERFORMANCE AT CROSSRAIL PLACE ROOF GARDEN
Internationally acclaimed artist Pauline Amos will create a unique multi-sensory experience of performance, painting and sound at Canary Wharf between Monday 24th and Friday 28th September. Working in collaboration with the renowned British period instrument orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Canary Wharf Group, the installation will be brought to life within the award winning Crossrail Place Roof Garden in the heart of the Canary Wharf estate.
Pauline Amos is a performance and painting artist, who has pioneered a unique style of work. Building on the thinking of artists Kandinsky and Schoenberg who famously extolled the harmony between painting and music in the last century, she curates her work with live performance and music to create a unique experience.
In Amos’ latest work, a collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s Baroque music, Amos reacts to nature, art and orchestration. The painting performance, titled ‘Natural Orchestration’, is Amos’ comment on the increasing disconnect and disrespect shown towards humanity, nature and the animal kingdom.
Amos will respond to the music and given circumstances of the venue over the course of four days. She will create a large scale masterpiece made up of four panels (3 meters by 9 meters in total). Working with a mixture of media, oil paint and charcoal, Amos paints with her hands and body. Each panel will be signed and sold with a video of the performance, with 50% of the proceeds donated to the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Charity.
Amos comments, ‘The paintings are documents and a recording of an event, an action that happened - they are not the work; the action, the performance and the improvised, impulsive moment is the work, where life is.’
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment will play a full repertoire of Baroque compositions from Bach to Handel and Corelli, offering Amos an accompaniment of passionate and dramatic musical arrangements, to which she will respond on canvas.
This performance follows on from Amos’ unique performance work ‘Pity The Meat’ created for Stolen Space gallery, London last year where she performed ‘live’ over 5 days, creating a 12 meter by 3 meter painting.
Canary Wharf visitors will be able to watch this unique live painting performance, set against a specially curated music composition by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Immersed in Amos’ distinctive performance style, the audience can watch the process and creation of the large scale masterpiece.
The durational performance at Crossrail Place Roof Gardens will begin on Monday 24th September with the Amos painting performance from 10am-6:30pm, building towards a closing event and performance with the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment on Thursday 27th September. The finished art work will be available to view on Friday, 28th September for one day only.
Crossrail Place Roof Gardens | Crossrail Pl, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB