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flockOmania is a solo exhibition created by jewellery artist Zoe Robertson currently on show at the Lanchester Gallery, part of Coventry University from Monday 19th January 2015 and closes on Thursday 19th February 2015.

The exhibition features wearable objects which explore the notion of Jewellery and Performance and has been generated in response to a collaborative relationship with dance artists Dr Natalie Garrett Brown and Amy Voris.

The dance artist’s background in contemporary dance, movement improvisation and site based performance has provided the catalyst for this body of work. Whereby the design process has been led by a sustained dialogue and observations of this practice. In so doing this collection of work responds to kinaesthetic sensations in which the tactility, sensuality and physicality of the objects is important.

The resulting wearable objects have been meticulously handmade using a mix of traditional craft skills in combination with industrial processes and new technology and are theatrically-sized to emphasise and explore themes relating to the scale and movement of the body.

Jewellery Artist Zoe Robertson, who is a course director at Birmingham City University, said:

“We’re excited to be launching flockOmania and look forward to welcoming visitors into a dynamic environment where jewellery meets performance and the visual landscape is constantly shifting to offer something new”

Dr Natalie Garrett Brown, principal lecturer in dance at Coventry University, said:

“The Lanchester Gallery’s city centre location is an excellent venue for this exhibition which seeks to be interactive and open to those interested in both the visual arts and performance. This project demonstrates the potential of collaboration between universities in the region working across a range of exciting and complementary artistic disciplines.”

Overall the exhibition will challenge the traditional display of jewellery whereby the work will hang freely in the space and not be typically displayed behind glass. The space will be seen as a laboratory of making in which the dance artists will improvise movement and the audience will be invited to interact with the work on show.

The exhibition will close with a collaborative improvised performance bringing together sound, light, photography and film artists. Working across art forms these artists will create an atmospheric, dynamic environment within which the dancers will explore the ever- changing relationships between object, body and space. The finale closing event will take place on Thursday 19th February 2015 from 6 – 8pm and will be followed by an Artists’ discussion

To discover the design journey from initial concept to realisation and for more information please visit www.flockomania.com

Photo Credits: Christian Kipp

PRESS RELEASE: Courtesy of Coventry University

Lanchester Gallery 
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