Siobhan Davies Studios hosts a fourth exhibition in its Starting Point series presented by the crafts collective 60|40, until 23 September
Each year three artists are asked to create new work in response both to the actual studios itself – a satisfying marriage of Victorian and contemporary created by architect Sarah Wigglesworth – and the dancers it houses. The idea is to see how dance, and its key component of the body in motion, feeds into different artistic practices, in the process breaking down artificial barriers between them. Silversmith Ane Christensen has taken the actual building as her starting point, picking up on its contrasting styles to create two sculptures out of found concrete rubble. They’re full of contrasts, with old weathered-looking surfaces inspired by the building’s original architecture contrasting with cleaner, more contemporary looking elements. Rhian Solomon is also interested in the fabric of the building, but in her case it’s the way humans react with it. She’s worked with dancer David Carqueijeiro to create a series of photographs and sketches showing how the building’s users experience it through touch. Fliss Quick has also worked with a dancer (Iris Chan), but in her case it’s the movements of the office workers that she’s interested in, creating with Chan a film that choreographs these everyday movements into an unexpected dance form.