MollyMae Whawell
Mark Bleakley
March 9th, 2018 - March 25th, 2018

Slow dancing with ideas, objects and bodies, Fathoms is a new collaboration between Mark Bleakley and MollyMae Whawell using performance and sculpture. During the opening the artists will present a series of performed compositions exploring emotional and spatial relations between other bodies and the architectures around us. Each week an extension is made towards another artist to contribute and react to the exhibition. Artists contributing to the exhibition are Iain Morrison and Aya Kobayashi.
Opening: 9th March 7 – 10pm
Dates: 10th – 25th March (Thursday – Sunday)
Iain Morrison: 16th March
Aya Kobayashi: 22nd March
Mark Bleakley is an artist and choreographer based in Edinburgh. Having trained in visual art, Marks practice is informed by his background as a dancer. Presenting work in both dance and visual arts contexts he develops compositions combining video, the body and text to explore choreographic relations between gesture, context and their affects. Recent presentations include: Cartographies at Basic Mountain Edinburgh, performance part of group show “we were having an argument about Kenneth Koch’s…” at Kingsgate workshops London and “A boy stands in for a rock…” at The Northern Charter, Newcastle.
Existing in the expanded field of sculpture, MollyMae Whawell’s works are realised as amalgamations of large-scale physical objects, images, text, moving-image and movement-based performance, with works often functioning in tandem or in opposition to one another as part of sets creating complete environments. Recent works have focussed on intersections between sculpture and dance, employing choreographic thinking to guide the construction and placement of sculpture; and sculptural notions of form, surface and weight to guide performance making. Upcoming shows include ‘And It Moves’ at The Royal Standard, Liverpool (21st March – 14th May) and ‘Berthing (in transit)’ for Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts, on The TS Queen Mary (20th April – 7th May)

Fathoms: Aya Kobayashi

Thursday 22nd March 7pm

Aya is an independent dance artist, recently moved to Glasgow. She teaches, performs and creates work with a wide range of people. She works with the EY Tate Arts Partnership to deliver workshop performances that aim to facilitate creative communication through the movement of bodies in space.

Consisting of a moving body sharing space with the audience, Aya’s performance will unfold within the space, exploring seen and unseen matters, sharing images, metaphors and food for thought.

She has presented her work at locations including The Place, QEH, Birmingham Hippodrome, Tate Modern, Northern Ballet, The Lowry, Egypt, Spain, Mexico and Japan.

Fathoms: Iain Morrison

After graduating from Cambridge University with a degree in music, Iain moved to Bristol where he developed a collaboratively driven interdisciplinary practice, returning to his home city of Edinburgh in 2010.

Iain currently balances his creative work and collaborations with his job at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

His performance work includes The Library is Open!, a night of drag queen poetry at the Scottish Poetry Library that won a Creative Edinburgh award, and a durational presentation of the complete Emily Dickinson poems – a piece developed with Forest Centre+ that was subsequently taken on tour to Berlin.

Iain is a writer-in-residence at John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, and his first collection of poems, I’m A Pretty Circler, will be published by Glasgow-based Vagabond Voices later this year.