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Exhibition in Venice, Italy
Off-site project, 57th Venice Biennale

Out of the Mothership
Don’t invent, don’t create, don’t make Art...

July 8 - 25, 2017

Opening Reception: Saturday July 8, 6:00 - 9:00pm

Closing reception & performance: Saturday July 22, 6 - 8pm

Meaner Pencil - cello & voice

Claire Zakiewicz - live painting

"Find in yourself those human things which are universal." 

Sanford Meisner

Out of the Mothership is an exhibition that presents British born artist Claire Zakiewicz’s ongoing research into the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and drawing. This research has been a scientific and philosophical practice based enquiry - thinking through making.

Zakiewicz is interested in the way we begin to perceive form and shapes when our comprehension is limited by a set of prescribed visual semiotics. She asks how “performing drawing,” affects the body and the intimacy of exchange. 

For this series, the artist collaborated with musician and Astrophysicist Gavin Starks who composed a hand written letter for the artist at the beginning of 2017. The letter, intimate yet philosophical in nature, discussed Starks ongoing research into combining sound and cosmology, as a new cultural language. 
Starks' interest in modes of perception and networked thinking alongside Zakiewicz‘s enquiry into the phenomenology of perception, dance, gesture and observation is the focus. Starks says: “For me, music, like mathematics, is a non-verbal language. It is experiential". He asks whether our current concerns in astrophysics - for dimensionality, curvature, gravitation, symmetry, spin and manifold mirror those in the arts - leading him to questions such as: "is there a musical equivalent to the CURVATURE of space-time?"

“We can draw interesting parallels between the macro-languages of music and painting over the centuries,” Zakiewicz writes.  “And the evolution of our understanding of the universe. Our physicality is our cosmic, home. Each line drawn with attention to the body and to the drawing itself and our interactions outside of ourselves whether verbal or experiential, moment to moment.”



Artist in residence at Mothership.NYC
September 2017

Artist in residence at Mothership.NYC
May 2017

Artist in residence at Bill Young’s dance studio in SoHo, New York.
Bill Young is a New York based dancer and choreographer who has danced with Douglas Dunn, Randy Warshaw, and Merce Cunningham (on video).

Sept 2016 - Jan 2017
Bill Young Dance
100 Grand St, SoHo, New York, USA


PointB Worklodge, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Nov 2013 - Dec 2014


Fat Battery Summer School,
USF, Bergen, Norway

August, 2008




One More Time: An Exhibition and Symposium on marking time in art, 2011
Curated by Anne Robinson
London Metropolitan University

Claire Zakiewicz presents her research into relationships between sound and drawing
Performances by Claire Zakiewicz on each day of exhibition

Exhibition of films by Claire Zakiewicz




Shortlisted for Celeste Contemporary Art Prize




William Kherbek, Me & Cherabino, Interview. with. the. artist. Claire. Zakiewicz

Jez Riley French, Vendure Engraved, 6 questions



Jez Riley French, Vendure Engraved, Zakiewicz's drawings featured in the spring edition



'Writing with your eyes closed'

The wind is so strong outside.
The sun is shining. The wind is blowing.
Three sheets of writing paper on the bench, held down by a phone, are blown away.

The phone hits the ground.
I make chase for the paper stapled together at the corners.

copyright 2011 Jason Shelley
image by Claire Zakiewicz



Alwynne Prichard, 'Don't Touch Me You Don't Know Where I've Been', commisioned illustrations


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2007 - 2017