Posted on March 24, 2015
INWARD GAZE, OUTWARD FOCUS - THE NEW BODY OF WORK
Throughout 2014, I have been developing a new body of work; Inward Gaze, Outward Focus, to expand my visual language in new creative environments, surrounded by new sounds and stories. This exploration began by responding directly to the wonderful digital music scores for film and television by composer Alexandre Stoloff.
Being exposed to the exceptional Jazz talent London has to offer – especially as a member of the The Human Revolution Orchestra collective (below) for International Jazz Day London 2014 - has facilitated the desire to visually capture the live ephemeral experience of exposure to the improvisation and compositions of prominent UK Jazz musicians. Not just as a compliment to the creative process, but also as a language that manifests in improvised composition and linear structures
Within this period, I have completed over 200+ and counting explorative automatic drawings, using permanent marker pen engaging directly with a growing project playlist compiled on Spotify - which the selected drawings above, commissioned posters forUNESCO International Jazz Day London 2014 / 2015 and the ongoing Alex Wilson /Edwin Sanz - SEÑALES project (below) illustrate.
In order to develop the unique format, exercises and drawing style to capture such compositions and improvisations through automatic direct interaction with live jazz, I have been directly encouraged by pioneering UK and Internationally renowned Alto Saxophone improviser and committed jazz educator Martin Speake.
This led to the opportunity to collaborate with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance to commission me as CoLab 2015 Festival Visual Artist in Residence from 9 – 20 Feb 2015 to lead Trinity Laban students within a series of explorative visual art responses to improvised music and dance.
The Inward Gaze, Outward Focus Spotify playlist still grows, as does an insatiable appetite for explorative drawing and the innovative ways it can be experienced using new technologies.
Please feel free to follow the project playlists and even suggest music and artists to add.
Keep up to date with the drawings created for Inward Gaze, Outward Focus by following my Instagram @GRAEMEEVELYN or continue to check this blog for updates.
Spotify does NOT substitute the LIVE music experience.
Please continue to support Great Music!
Posted on March 24, 2015
- IMPROFUSION - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE – CoLAB FESTIVAL 2015
Last month (Feb) I completed the collaboration with Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music & Dance as CoLab Festival 2015 Visual Artist-in-Residence – directing an improvisational fusion of automatic drawing with the conservatoires contemporary dance and jazz / classical music students.
Apart from the great and humbling experience of working such a dynamic, hardworking, professionally focused and extremely talented group of contemporary dance and music students – the week long residency of leading and working with pure improvisation was empowering, inspirational, liberating, open and profoundly insightful for all artists involved. It was also extremely enjoyable!
Sincere and profound thanks to all the IMPROFUSION students, Martin Speake, Simon Purcell, Joe Townsend and to all the inspiring CoLab team at Trinity Laban for this great opportunity.
View this short clip which shows the beginning of the final performance of the IMPROFUSION CoLab 2015 collaboration.
Posted on March 24, 2015
SEÑALES - VISUALISING AFRO-VENEZUELA
Posted on March 24, 2015
Nka: JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART
I am delighted to be included within Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art Fall 2014 edition published by Duke University Press; with an extensive review of the Call and Responses – The Odyssey of the Moor at Kensington Palace, which also introduces the St Stephen’s Church Reconciliation Reredos permanent contemporary altarpiece as context to my visual art practice.
Many sincere thanks to Nancy Hynes for a very incisive and generous article, and to Nka editors Salah M. Hassan, Professor of African and African Diaspora art history and visual culture, Cornell University, Chik Okeke-Agulu Associate Professor Center for African American Studies, Princeton University and Okwui Enwezor Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich and Director of the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 – with a special thanks to Carina Ray Assistant Professor, Fordham University.
For research on this informative and significant academic contemporary visual art journal – please use links these below.
History Today – Call and Responses
Orwell Prize Winning Novelist Delia Jarrett-Macauley
The Royal Collection – Bust of the Moor
Posted on March 24, 2015
Stations of the Cross | 2006 | 15 x 70cm x 70cm | Painted Wood Relief Sculpture | Graeme Mortimer Evelyn
Graeme Mortimer Evelyn’s Stations of the Cross exhibited for the first time within a contemporary art space for 3FF Urban Dialogues 2014 Navigations Wednesday 3rd September, at the Red Gallery, 3 Rivington Street, London. This work has only been presented during Lent within major historic medieval period cathedrals and churches within the UK.
Navigations brought together artists with unique perspectives on what happens to our beliefs as we journey through life and around the globe. Working across a range of media, the rich variety of works explore the personal questions and provocations inspired by themes of identity, faith and belief in our interconnected world.
Posted on March 24, 2015
Posted on March 24, 2014
It has been my pleasure and honour to create the exclusive poster artwork Extensions of the Heart (Stoloff / Hancock) and to contribute as a Musician, for the SGI-UK supported UNESCO International Jazz Day event –
“Ode to the Human Spirit 2014”
Featuring: The Human Revolution Orchestra and special guests April 30th 2013 at Kings Place, 90 York Way London N1 9AG
“Music is an extension of the Heart” Herbie Hancock
To celebrate UNESCO World Jazz Day 2014, an initiative led by world- renowned jazz musician and SGI member Herbie Hancock, SGI-UK will present a concert featuring The Human Revolution Orchestra, a specially formed big band comprising of some of the finest jazz musicians in the UK and very special guests including multi-reed artist/Composer and SGI USA pioneer Bennie Maupin known best for his work with Herbie Hancock (Headhunters) and Miles Davis (Bitches Brew), renowned U.S pianist Marc Cary, and UK vocalists Lianne Carroll and Randolph Matthews.
The event seeks to celebrate jazz as a symbol of unity and peace: its universalism and inclusivity, freedom of expression, artistic innovation, and the opportunity it gives for mutual understanding, principles on which the formation of The Human Revolution Orchestra is based.
The Human Revolution Orchestra’s repertoire features classics from the American big band tradition along with compositions and arrangements by guest composers Pete Long, Paul Hart, Marc Cary, and pieces featuring big band and strings by Bennie Maupin which will be played for the first time in the UK.
Following an inspiring event held at SGI UK’s South London National Centre in Brixton in 2013, which perfectly embodied the spiritual and cultural objectives of the day, SGI members and professional musicians Sean Corby and Neville Murray have again put together an ensemble including some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians drawn from across the UK scene- young emerging stars, respected leaders, and alumni from Jazz Warriors, Loose Tubes, and NYJO.
“Jazz has been a force for positive social transformation throughout its history, and it remains so today. This is why UNESCO created International Jazz Day. From its roots in slavery, this music has raised a passionate voice against all forms of oppression. It speaks a language of freedom that is meaningful to all cultures. The same goals guide UNESCO in its efforts to build bridges of dialogue and understanding between all cultures and societies.”
Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General
Soka Gakkai International is a lay Buddhist network dedicated to personal inner-change and social contribution in 192 countries and territories. Rooted in the life affirming philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism, members of SGI share a commitment to the promotion of peace, culture and education.
As a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with formal ties to the UN, SGI is active in the fields of humanitarian relief and public education, with a focus on peace, sustainable development and human rights.
Book Tickets - http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/whats-on-book-tickets/music/ode-to-the-human-spirit#.UzArQq1_vtF
Bennie Maupin - http://benniemaupinmusic.com/
Marc Cary - http://marccary.com/
Press – www.jazzwisemagazine.com/news-mainmenu-139/72-2014/13017-jazz-breaking-news-ode-to-the-human-spirit-celebrates-international-jazz-day-with-bennie-maupin-and-marc-cary-while-courtney-pine-heads-to-osaka
Human Revolution Orchestra - www.facebook.com/pages/The-Human-Revolution-Orchestra/1456873824524896
For further information contact:
Lisa Cowan - Lisa.email@example.com
Sean Corby - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Human Revolution Orchestra is:
Trumpets: Noel Langley, Yazz Ahmed, John Eacott, Sean Corby
Saxophones: Tony Kofi, Christian Brewer, Martin Speake, Nadim Teimoori, Dai Pritchard, Gemma Moore
Trombones: Richard Edwards, Harry Brown, Ed Rieband, Jon Enright
Piano: Simon Purcell
Bass: Larry Bartley
Drums: Rod Young and Cosimo Keita Cadore
Percussion: Neville Murray, Graeme Evelyn and Dave Pattman
Guitar: Carl Orr
SGI UK Strings
Special Guests: Bennie Maupin, Marc Cary, Lianne Carroll and Randolph Matthews
Posted on December 2, 2013
Award-winning novelist Delia Jarrett-Macauley has written and narrated a response to the artwork ‘Call & Responses – The Odyssey of the Moor’ by Graeme Mortimer Evelyn, a site specific contemporary art installation currently on show within The Queen’s Gallery at Kensington Palace.
You can listen to Delia’s narration of “I’m lonely, I’ll make a world” in the player below.
Delia was inspired by a presentation given by Graeme about the artwork at Kensington Palace on November 5.
Delia Jarrett-Macauley is a a biographer and novelist, who won the Orwell Prize for Political Writing for her debut novel, ‘Moses, Citizen and Me’, published by Granta. She is currently a Fellow in English at the University of Warwick.
Call and Responses – The Odyssey of the Moor The Queens Gallery, Kensington Palace From Sept 25 2013 to Jan 6 2014
Kensington Palace – news release www.hrp.org.uk/NewsAndMedia/kpresources/graememortimerevelyninstallation
Artist’s Website: www.graemeevelyn.com
Artist’s Twitter: @graemeevelyn
Posted on September 23, 2013
Call and Responses: The Odyssey of the Moor, a new commission for Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Collection Trust, will be on display at the Queen’s State Apartments in Kensington Palace, London, from September 25, 2013 to January 6, 2014.
The work is a response by visual artist Graeme Mortimer Evelyn to Dutch master sculptor John van Nost’s Bust of the Moor – an astonishingly beautiful and lavishly expensive sculpture commissioned by King William III in around 1689.
The bust, made from layered, coloured marbles and semi-precious stones, depicts a black servant dressed in ‘Oriental’ fashion, but with an unmistakable slave collar. It is the only existing example of Van Nost’ use of polychromatic sculpture. There is a mystery that surrounds the commission, since a contradiction lies between King William III’s Protestant Calvinist austerity and the material expense of the work depicting the social position of the sculpture’s subject as that of a slave. The Bust of the Moor has consistently been considered by the Crown as one of the treasures of the Royal Collection and is the earliest recorded object within Kensington Palace.
Evelyn’s large installation re-imagines lost narratives that may have led to King William III commissioning this exquisite and mysterious artwork. He places the bust within a man-size gilded birdcage, but with its doors flung open to capture the view over Kensington Gardens. The birdcage is a reflection on Queen Mary’s collection of exotic birds that were housed within the Queens Gallery at Kensington Palace. He creates for the Moor a dream of self-determination and freedom. Call and Responses – The Odyssey of the Moor is an enquiry into structures of physical space, social strata and philosophical ideas on human nature and survival. This engaging work opens up untold stories and access to a nationally renowned historic palace.
Evelyn has worked in collaboration with staff at Historic Royal Palaces and the Royal Collection Trust, with support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts. Joanna Marschner, Senior Curator, Kensington Palace said: “Kensington Palace welcomes this opportunity to work with a thoughtful young artist. Youthful eyes draw new truths from the amazing historic treasures in our charge”
Graeme Mortimer Evelyn is a British artist of Jamaican heritage. In 2012 Evelyn produced the exhibition Out of Many, One for Jamaica’s 50th anniversary at the Jamaican High Commission during the London Olympics. The display explored notions of identity and belonging that have helped to inform the Call and Responses project for Kensington Palace.
He has developed a reputation for creating art in places of worship, public buildings and museums that subvert these settings – inspired by his research and the re-creation of alternative histories and mythologies.
Evelyn is an artist with other notable firsts. In January 2011, as inaugural Artist-in-Residence at St Stephen’s Church, Bristol, he unveiled the permanent contemporary altarpiece, the Reconciliation Reredos. Built in the 14th Century, St Stephen’s is one of the oldest churches in Bristol and is of national and international significance as the church that blessed every ship that left the port, including every Transatlantic Slave Trade vessel that left the city. Evelyn is the first artist of African Diaspora heritage to produce such a permanent work in an historic church in Europe.
He said: “It is an honour to be afforded the opportunity to work with this treasure from the Royal Collection. It was a privilege to reinterpret the space within the Queen’s State Apartments, with the intention of creating a powerfully engaging work with a challenging history highlighting universal themes.”
Call and Responses: The Odyssey of the Moor – 25 September 2013 until 6 January 2014, Kensington Palace
Kensington Palace: www.hrp.org.uk/NewsAndMedia/kpresources/graememortimerevelyninstallation
Artist contact: email@example.com
Artist website: www.graemeevelyn.com
Artist Twitter: @graemeevelyn
For more information regarding the Bust of the Moor
Posted on May 11, 2013
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND GRANTS FOR THE ARTS AWARD CONFIRMS SUPPORT FOR SITE SPECIFIC INTERVENTION AND CONTEMPORARY ENGAGEMENT INSTALLATION CALL AND RESPONSES – THE ODYSSEY OF THE MOOR FOR KENSINGTON PALACE LONDON!
The Call and Responses project is in partnership and enjoys the support from Historic Royal Palaces and The Royal Collection for the exhibition expected autumn 2013 for the Queen’s Gallery at Kensington Palace.