Concentrated People

London, The Arts

Last year, I was in Brick Lane when a young woman called Jessie Brennan was preparing an art project. In the project she asked volunteers to sit opposite her and we would each draw the other’s face under the table, so we couldn’t see what we were drawing. A few minutes later we compared our artworks. The original article is on this site.

It turns out that what Jessie was doing was not just concentrating on the art, but on people’s faces as they concentrated on producing art. The result is strange, both calm and slightly disturbing, so that if you don’t know what we are trying to do it’s impossible to guess why a particular set of looks should cross our faces. The exhibition features a video called ’43 Strangers’ and also includes the art we produced.

It’s at the Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN, opening Hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 3 pm, then touring Britain in 2012.

43 Strangers from Jessie Brennan on Vimeo.