In Gravitate Esther Rolinson is exhibiting her drawings and light installation Flown together for the first time. The exhibition includes the key drawings made as part of Flown and three new series; Gravitate, Signal and Facets that she is currently developing into three dimensional structures with funding from Arts Council England.
Exhibition Launch Event: Esther Rolinson in conversation with Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator of Digital Art at the V&A
Free Event Open to the Public – in partnership with the Computer Arts Society
Wednesday 7 June, 6.30-8.30pm
Please book your place for free by going to the event page. The conversation will take place from 18:45 to 19:30 at Watermans Theatre followed by drinks.
Rolinson has a meditative drawing process in which she explores sensations, structures, movements and connections. She starts with hand-made pencil drawings on paper and often digitally manipulates these to experiment with forms in light and colour. She uses simple combinations of lines in repetition to build up complex forms. Her construction rules are a method of disassociating from conscious thoughts and allowing spatial patterns and movements to emerge. Some of these works conclude like solved puzzles, whilst others have the potential to grow infinitely. The drawings are the blueprints for three-dimensional works and are also pieces in their own right.
Gravitate gives insight into the development process in Rolinson’s wide ranging practice from quickly rendered sketches to detailed meditative works and experimental large scale drawings. Both the drawings and installations are her explorations of sensation, abstracted memories and connections ‘between all things’.
Esther Rolinson is an award winning UK based artist who makes light installations and sculptural works through drawing. Over the last 20 years she has worked nationally and internationally making major permanent public space commissions and exhibiting her large scale works. Her installations are immersive, extendable structures that can be adjusted to fit diverse environments from light festivals to art galleries. She has worked extensively with world class professionals to achieve her complex works, including architects, choreographers, programmers and filmmakers. In 2016 she was awarded The Lumen Global Digital Arts Prize Sculpture and 3D Award, and the first prize at the inaugural International Art CHI Exhibition, Computer and Human Interaction Conference, San Jose, California for Flown developed in collaboration with artist and programmer Sean Clark. Examples of Esther's drawings and prints have been acquired by Victoria and Albert Museum, London.