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Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00 Published in Group Exhibitions

Drawology, originally seen at the Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Trent University, in Autumn 2013, explores how drawing has the ability to record both its own making and the movement of the thoughts and body of the drawer. Bringing together the work of several artists with differing practices, Drawology aims to consider whether this premise is applicable to a specific process or genre of drawing or whether it is applicable to drawing generally. In this respect the works in the exhibition represent an expanded field of contemporary drawing in a Fine Art context to include: works on paper, performance, moving image, installation, projections and three-dimensional drawings. The exhibition is part of a larger research project currently being undertaken by Deborah Harty entitled ‘Drawing is phenomenology'.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The exhibition is open 12noon-6pm Monday-Saturday.

A printed catalogue, including work from each of the included artists, is available from the Lanchester Gallery, Coventrey or Bonington Gallery, Nottingham. Online version available here.


As part of the gallery space, movable wall panels have been located in front of the large gallery side windows to offer extra exhibition space.  This 'artificial' wall (a transient upright) is beautifully reminiscent of theatrical 'flats' and connects conceptually, and practically, with the location, placement and illumination of the piece.

There is a natural synergy with Deborah Harty's large folded drawing - reminiscent of theatrical curtains - which stands close to the black tripod spotlight.

The massive luminous source - radiating heat from the large bulb inside - makes visible the tiny marks, hovering in space, released by the holographic surface.  A sledge hammer to crack a nut.  

An almost insignificant object not offered the 'credibility' of eye level display and invisible from most of the gallery.



Exhibition dates: 26th September - 26th October 2014


Monday, 08 September 2014 15:36 Published in Holography

Title: Lean

Date: 2014

Materials: Digital hologram and shuttered theatrical spotlight

Size: Hologram H 25.4 x W 20.32cm (10 x 8 inches)

Installation: Gallery floor/wall

Notes: First show in Drawology, Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University, UK.
Mon 26 September - 26 October 2014.


 Lean 1


This is the first time Pepper has used a digital holographic production process.  The 'image/object' within the holographic plate existed, initially, as a series of 'points' within an online 'cloud' 3-D model system.  

The resulting physical hologram, on plastic, was produced as a 'test' towards the end of 2013.  A way for Pepper to begin to explore the digital process and locate a 'space' and production method which reflected his earlier spatial 'drawings'.


Lean 2


It reiterated some of the hand-drawn works produced in the late 1980's and early 90's, being made up of multiple, individual, points of lights (which in the digital version are 'hogels' - the equivalent of holographic 'pixels').  There is a direct connection between this digital work and Point Addition, an earlier work using much larger points of light separated into five distinct levels in space.


Lean 3



Like many of Pepper's works, they 'sit' in the studio for long periods before being incorporated into installations, and it was not until the summer of 2014 that this first digital experiment became one of the key elements within the 'Lean' installation.

During the Summer Lodge research residency (an annual event at Nottingham Trent University), Pepper had an opportunity to work with large gallery/workshop spaces incorporating theatrical lighting, and it was during this research in July, that the combination of positioning, lighting and angled display was formulated.

Lean was shown for the first time in Drawology at the Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University, UK.

An act of spontaneous placement, propped up 'on the way' to the gallery wall, yet installed with conviction.  The marks become framed by their location and the rectangle of light which makes the work visible.




Andrew Pepper works with projected light, holography and installation.  Based in the UK,  he has exhibited his work in group and solo exhibitions internationally and, as a senior lecturer in fine art at Nottingham Trent University, he taught on the BA (Hons) fine art course, the Master of Fine Art course and has acted as a PhD examiner for a wide range of key project-based research submissions.


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