about

Utilising magnets, fans, mirrors and small explosives, Lorraine Snape wants to create a sense of awe, inviting the viewer to catch a glimpse by revealing that which is unseen or hinted at; to highlight invisible forces and make concepts tangible.

Snape is fascinated with the materiality of things and conversely elusiveness itself. Subtle interventions create an illusion and evoke a sense of mysticism. The everydayness of objects such as fans, motors and balloons, belie the event being played out and act as the perfect magician, misdirecting. The performer is both the machinery and the ethereal motion it provides.  

Snape’s work plays with tension and seeks to be unnerving. It performs through an alchemy of chemical reactions and physical forces; employing suspension, magnetism, convection and kinesis. In exploring performative artwork as a construction, contraption or installation, some of the works create an illusion in time, whilst others evolve and produce residues. Temporary in nature, the artwork exists for the exhibition or environment in which it is shown and documented. 

Perceived as calming and meditative, her work can paradoxically be grating and irritating, inducing feelings of anxiety and tension. Within this dichotomy, it is playful, with an anarchic sense of humour, celebrating everyday moments of wonder whilst nervously hinting at impending doom.

Snape is interested in going beyond restrictions and experimenting with risk and sees the audience as active participant. 

CV
physical shows

2021 15.01-24.01 Grey Archives 2020, part of Yanjiao Biennial, Beijing, China POSTPONED http://www.yanjiaobiennial.com/index.html

2020 22.11-28.11 Calendar Mortal, Chinese Museum of Medical Sciences, TuoRen Health Industrial Park, Changyuan, Henan, China

2020 22.10 Curtain Call, The Shopfront 286, 286 Caledonian Road, London N1

2020 24.09 Calendar Mortal, China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, Oncology Department, Wangjing Hospital, Beijing, China

2020 01.09-05.09 Raw, The Shopfront 286, 286 Caledonian Road, London N1

2020 22.03-25.04 The Secret Is Out, Conway Hall, London WC1 POSTPONED

2020 26.02-29.03 Ashes to Passion, St Saviours Church, Pimlico, London SW1

2020 25.02-28.02 Mardi Gras Festival, Cookhouse Gallery & Chelsea College of Arts, Millbank, London SW1

2020 13.02-14.02 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? Cookhouse Gallery, Millbank, London SW1

2019 12.12-20.12 Un1t, Triangle Space, Millbank, London SW1

2019 05.12-06.12 Side Bar, Cookhouse Gallery, Millbank, London SW1

2019 16.10 Bureau de Change, International Festival, Chelsea College of Arts, London SW1

2019 08.10-11.10 Off Site, Tate Britain, Millbank, and surrounding area, London SW1

2019 02.10-03.10 Departure Lounge, Chelsea College of Arts, London SW1

2019 30.05-31.05 Plosives, Guest Projects, London E8

residencies

2020 20.09 Waiting Residency

2019 24.05-31.05 Guest Projects, London E8

online shows

2020 15.12 Constructing Landscapes; Building Worlds, Late at Tate Britain Online in response to Turner’s Modern World exhibition https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/online-event/late/late-tate-britain-online

2020 08.10 Off Kilter, Graduate Showcase, UAL https://graduateshowcase.arts.ac.uk/staged/projects/6323/cover?guid=bc0ba379-f29a-4b76-b627-557a419cb53c

Calendar Mortal, Healing Through Art https://happydy.wixsite.com/healingthroughart

2020 24.09 Calendar Mortal, Healing Through Art https://happydy.wixsite.com/healingthroughart

2020 05.09 Cognitive Contagion, Ben Woodeson curatorial project, Ideas that are art communicated through the use of words presented on social media. Instagram @cognitivecontagion

2020 29.06 Don’t Rain On My Parade (Pride 2020), Extraordinary Times

2020 21.05 She said what? MS Teams Performance

2020 13.04 [un]COMFORT ZONE https://soooup.wixsite.com/comfortzone

projects and curation

2020 15.12 Constructing Landscapes; Building Worlds, Late at Tate Britain online, in response to Turner’s Modern World exhibition https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/online-event/late/late-tate-britain-online

2020 05.11 TV Gallery, television channel gallery via Roku set-top box, most of the world

2020 07 Congregate, Late at Tate Britain, in response to Heather Philipson Duveen Commission, Tate Britain, London SW1 POSTPONED

20 31.03-09.06 Toilet Press Releases, Gallery at home, Pimlico, London SW1

2020 22.03 Festival of Alternative Arts, alternative art school symposium, Conway Hall, London WC1 POSTPONED

2020 25.02-28.02 Mardi Gras Festival, Cookhouse Gallery and Chelsea College of Arts, London SW1 https://artschaplaincy.net/projects/chelsea-mardi-gras/

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