September 17 – October 8, 2023
Dr. Angela Brew is an artist, drawing teacher and researcher based in London, who runs the Brew International Drawing School. Dr. Brew developed a new system for teaching observational drawing, focusing on eye and hand coordination and connection, and the fine tuning of perception. Her Drawing Growth workshops and retreats introduce this intuitive technique, opening doors to the joys and meditative qualities of observational drawing.
The Amber Tree is a memorial to those we have lost. It is a never-ending drawing created collaboratively over several years with communities around the world. People are invited to draw a representation of loved ones lost, as an animal or magical spirit in the tree branches or roots. Brew will install The Amber Tree in Living Room-NYC, and invite people to ‘grow’ the tree, to hold memories of lost and loved ones.
Stemming from The Amber Tree, which became inhabited by birds as memorials to folks we have lost, Brew has embarked on a project to draw every species of bird in the world. Brew uses drawing to tune in and listen to birds, to their alarm calls, songs, and quieter humming and chat. During the residency at Living Room-NYC, Brew will draw migrant birds in Central Park daily. These drawings will fly, rest and roost in and around The Amber Tree.
More About Dr. Angela Brew
Dr. Brew studied for her PhD in drawing and cognition at CCW (Chelsea, Camberwell and Wimbledon) Graduate School, UAL. She now runs the Brew International Drawing School, is co-founder of Thinking through Drawing, and is a member of The Centre for Drawing, UAL.
Brew recently helped to organize We All Draw, the Thinking Through Drawing 2015 Symposium, at the Bargehouse, Southbank, London, and is now launching Sky Lark Arts, a new community arts project, to include Creative Aging UK.
After studying sculpture and drawing at Edinburgh College of Art she created and ran Skylark Galleries on the Southbank http://www.skylarkgalleries.com/ and worked as an artist and drawing teacher. In 2006 she completed her Master of Drawing with Distinction at Camberwell College of Art, with an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) scholarship, and in 2007 began her doctoral research, in the Drawing and Cognition Project, on the impact of drawing practice on perception, also funded by the AHRC. Her research interest is in cognitive, perceptual, and motor processes involved in drawing, particularly temporal aspects of observational drawing and the orchestration of eye and hand. She studied rhythm of eye and hand movements and sensorimotor communication between the eye and hand. Her thesis ‘The Seeing Hand’ argues that the hand and the eye forge a strong connection through practice, with the hand increasingly sharing a perceptual role with the eye, leading to a fine tuning of perception. Her interdisciplinary research methodology combines quantitative eye tracking techniques, video observation and reflective practice. The Brew Drawing School runs drawing courses ranging from retreats for small groups to accredited teacher education and professional development workshops.Th
Join Angie Brew and Emma Vilina Fält to ‘grow’ the never-ending drawing of a mother tree and her surrounding forest of tree drawings, with drawing spirits and birds in the branches and root systems.
Brew’s art practice explores drawing for well-being and healing, and close observational drawing of growth processes. She is artist in residence in a community greenhouse in Brixton, London, where she leads a collaborative Drawing Growth project and a weekly drawing club. She runs an interdisciplinary research project called Drawlearn, exploring how drawing enables and enhances learning ‘across the board’. During Covid lockdown she ran online sessions called Tree Meds – calming drawing meditations, and, with artists Angela Hodgson-Teall and Jen Wright, launched MinDraw, a one minute a day drawing project.
Emma Vilina Fält (BA(Design),MA (Fine Art), FIN, s.1983) is a multidisciplinary artist working in the field of drawing and performing arts. Her work takes a comprehensive look at drawing as a means to make contact, open dialogues and collaboratively explore our experience of the world. Her participatory pieces combine live drawing, sounds, multimedia and written scores to create live acts with groups. Fälts current work and ongoing artistic research explores drawing as listening. Fält has shown her work in Finland and abroad in galleries, festivals, symposiums, museums and worked in community projects with youth in Finland. Emma Teaches drawing in Art School Maa, at the Hospital school in Kuopio, Finland and works as a visiting teacher around the world.
Creating space for listening
A full program of interactive workshops, live discussions, show and tell, get-togethers, research talks, and collaborative drawing, relating to our theme of Drawing Ground.
About Living Room – NYC
Living Room – NYC is a creative space, an artistic laboratory fostering experimentation and collaboration; connecting brilliant, independent and determined artists, performers, musicians, playwrights, filmmakers, and more, to each other and a community of art supporters.
Nestled between Chelsea, FIT, and Broadway, we have non-traditional gallery walls for
visual artists, a living room for sharing engaging ideas and discourse for creative production, and a separate work only studio space. We are on the 6th floor corner space with lots of natural light and incredible New York City views.
Our mission is to give artists an affordable space to start a project or to finish one, and an opportunity to share their work with a NYC audience.
Simply email us with your project proposal and let’s start the collaboration!
About the Director:
Perri Neri is the founder and director of Living Room NYC. She is a visual artist and curator who has opened her doors to both established and emerging artists from all genres from all over the world. Through a dynamic fusion of creativity, management, and experience, Neri invites artists to think, create, collaborate, and exhibit their art-driven projects.
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