Brass Art is the collaborative practice of Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz and Anneké Pettican, established in 1999 and based in Manchester, Glasgow and Huddersfield.
In this practice they use analogue and digital technologies as a means to capture themselves anew in real and imagined situations. By editing and inserting themselves into a variety of spaces they use performative play as a means to examine the gap between public and private experience.
“Much of their practice explores ontological questions, using mirroring, doubling and the alter ego to ask what it means ‘to be’, as well as exploring the liminal and heterotopic; namely slippages between time and space, the real and the virtual. Their playful questioning of the thresholds of presence and absence, self and other-self, the real and the imagined are manifested through methods including improvised performance, and through the recurring motif of the shadow.”
Brass Art use a range of media – watercolour drawing, 3D printing, photography, sculpture and video – to create installations, series and individual works. They have recently developed new work at the Bronte Parsonage, Haworth and CCA, Glasgow, UK.
Selected exhibitions include The Imagining of Things (solo), Huddersfield Art Gallery, UK (2013); Flights of Fancy, Tatton Park Biennial (2012); Dark Matters: Shadow Technology Art, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2011); INSIDEOUT, Sculpture in The Digital Age, touring Australia/UK (2011); The Economy of the Gift, A Foundation, Liverpool (2010); Skyscraping, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (2008).
Selected conferences include Siggraph, Los Angeles (2012); Technologies of Drawing, European Sculpture Network / University of Huddersfield, The 2nd International Conference on 3D Body Scanning Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, Staging Illusion, University of Sussex (2011); ISEA2010:RUHR, Dortmund, Germany (2010).