Strange Attractor will open on Saturday December 17th and feature an artist talk as well as a live drawing-sound performance by Briony, presented in collaboration with flautist Hannah Reardon Smith, Lisa Tran Kelly (harp) and dancer Jake McLarnon. Audiences are invited to witness the three improvise together and gain an insight into the creative process which has been the starting point for most of the works in the show.
Drawing is fundamental to Briony's practice and the medium through which she explores her interest in systems and the effect of limitations (rules) and boundaries on a creative process. Here, Briony moves drawing into the realm of painting, playing with scale, material and medium to blur the line between the two disciplines. These works are essentially both drawing and painting simultaneously.
'The title of the exhibition ‘Strange Attractor’ is a term used in the study of dynamic systems. It refers to a state, pattern or behaviour towards which a mathematically chaotic system trends. I came across the term some time ago through my ongoing art-science project ‘Drawing on Complexity (with physicist Andrew Melatos). In the context of this exhibition, I think of this term in relation to the synergy between artist and subject and the huge range of variables that may or may not be incorporated into a painting before we begin collaborating. As the creative exchange occurs, I often think of the artwork as a system which begins to take on a shape or ‘trends’ in a certain aesthetic direction. This direction then becomes the baseline mood or architecture of the piece, something that I keep returning to throughout the whole creative process.'