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The gallery will be open until 6pm Thursday 22 December and reopening Wednesday 4 January 2012.

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Wilkinson Gallery is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions with the internationally acclaimed artist\, Joan Jonas< /strong>.  Drawing Languages\, which occupies the Upper Gallery\, is the first ever exhibition of Joan Jonas’ drawings in th e UK.

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The exhibition explores the complex visua l language Jonas has developed in her drawings and the vital importance of the medium to the artist’s practice as a whole. The exhibition includes dra wings from recent performances\; such as those made during the acclaimed pe rformance The Shape\, the Scent\, the Feel of Things (commissioned and perf ormed at Dia Beacon\, New York in 2006 and 2007 and touring to several othe r major international institutions). There are also examples of drawings ma de independently from the other elements of Jonas’ practice\, like Untitled \, 2009\, which extends the artist’s ongoing interest in documenting her ow n body.

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Drawing  is  an  integral  and  es  sen tial  component  to Jonas’  practice\, existing collectively alongside Jona s’ video work\, installations and performance\, and frequently existing as further explorations on decided themes. 

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The collection of drawings in t he Upper Gallery\, in their assortment\, display the variety of uses and pu rposes drawing has within the artist’s practice.

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Jonas’ drawings are visual manifestations of her creative and working pro cess.  The drawings function as a reflexive tool\, providing a personal and public examination of the self\, the surroundings and the objects of\, say \, a performance.  The performative drawings act as two-dimensional correla tions with the props of the performance\, providing inspiration whilst simu ltaneously developing the narrative that they initially motivated. < /p>\n

Inst ead of resigning to a preliminary or testimonial role\, Jonas’ drawings ani mate the performative\, creating a unique and fluctuating vocabulary of sym bols and gestures. 

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The process of drawing esta blishes a discourse within Jonas’ interdisciplinary practice\, linking recu rrent  themes across different media. Subsequently\, Jonas’ drawings become inscriptions within a wider narrative.

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Joan Jonas (b. 1936\, New York City\, NY\, USA) li ves and works in New York. Jonas has become one of the first female perform ance\, installation and video artists to become formally accepted by the in stitutional museum world with major solo exhibitions throughout Europe\, th e US and globally over the last 25 years.

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These include solo exhibitions at Bergen Kunsthalle\, Norway (2011)\; Centre d’art Contemporain\, Geneva\ , Switzerland (2008)\; MACBA  - Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona\, Spa in  (2007)\;  The Renaissance Society\, University of Chicago\, USA (2004)\ ;  Queens Museum of Art (2003)\;  Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart\, Germany (20 00)\; Stedelijk Museum\, Amsterdam (1994/1979)\; PS1 Contemporary Arts Cent er\, New York (1982)\; Whitechapel Art Gallery\, London (1979). Recent impo rtant performances include The Guggenheim Museum\, New York (2010)\, Dia: B eacon\, New York (2005)\, Tate Modern\, London (2004). Jonas is also a prof essor of visual arts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). A major new monograph edited by Joan Simon and published by Gregory R. Miller &\; Co. will be available in 2012.

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