Do you remember it - or weren't you there?

Curated by Cally Trench and Philip Lee

Do you remember it - or weren't you there?

London Gallery West

Press release January 2013

31 January 2013 to 3 March 2013

London Gallery West is pleased to present a group show curated by the artists Philip Lee and Cally Trench. Do you remember it - or weren't you there? brings together a diverse range of responsive multidisciplinary works from seventeen invited artists with a shared experience of having witnessed one of Lee and Trench's collaborative performances. Through these displays the exhibition will examine the role of the viewer whilst highlighting the challenges of preserving the presence, duration and location of performance art.

Over the past three years, Lee and Trench have investigated various approaches to documenting and disseminating their collaborative performances. In 2010, they invited artists, writers and musicians to respond to their series of performances that involved the naked Lee and clothed Trench struggle to cover each other in clay slip whilst blindfolded. Instead of documenting the live performance, Lee and Trench wished to explore whether describing its essence through new materialised rhetorical artworks in another medium from the invited artists would evoke the intensity and emotion of the event to an audience not originally present.

The resultant instinctive artworks presented include life-sized drawings, paintings in mud, sculpture, poems constructed from audience reactions, video and artist books. Do you remember it - or weren't you there? features work by Marco Cali, Alison Carter Tai, Judy Goldhill, Jane Grisewood, Ingrid Jensen, Lydia Julien, Philip Lee, Sophie Loss, Tony Moody, Claire Norman, Lorraine Pepper, Steve Perfect, Alan Prosser, Ann Rapstoff, Zahed Tajeddin, Cally Trench, Helen Udal, Mary Yacoob, and Silvia Ziranek.

Philip Lee is a performance artist and doctoral student at the University of Westminster. Recent venues for his work have included the National Glass Centre in Sunderland (2011), the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent (2011), South Hill Park, and OVADA in Oxford, part of the Arts Council England funded, At Play 2012. Cally Trench is an artist whose work focuses on mapping and different viewpoints. Her work includes board games, time-lapse films, performance art, as well as paintings and drawings in which she maps places or people. She gained an MA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in 2007.

Press images available on request. Do you remember it - or weren't you there? is accompanied by an exhibition catalogue available from the gallery.

Opening times

9am to 5pm daily
London Gallery West, University of Westminster, Harrow Campus, Northwick Park, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3TP

Private view

Wednesday 30 January 2013, 5 to 8pm
with performances by Silvia Ziranek, Ann Rapstoff, Lydia Julien and Philip Lee, an interaction by Marco Cali, live drawings by Jane Grisewood and Ingrid Jensen, and a banquet table where you can sit, snack and chat with your fellow guests.

Artist talk

Monday 11 February 2013, 2 to 3pm
Philip Lee and Cally Trench in conversation.

Exhibiting Performance Conference

Friday 1 March - Sunday 3 March 2013
University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW. A conference convened by CREAM (Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media), University of Westminster, addressing the question of how performance art is documented, archived and transacted.

CREAM website

Cally Trench's homepage