Dazzle + Disrupt West Gallery, Quay Arts, IOW 27th March - 13th June 2021
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Jack House Gallery 12th May- 12th June
Navigating this website:
This website highlights Driver's current body of work located in tabs at the top of this page.
Older works are located on the archive link on the home page
cv available on request.
Driver’s post minimalist works utilise materials imbued with processes and metaphorical references to present works as drawing, installation, sculpture, and film.
Driver’s pallet is dominated by paper, specifically waste-paper documents. Both out of a sense of responsibility to materials and with an interest in their symbolic value and embedded histories.
Process is a core element in her practice and involves acts of destruction, repetition, re-processing and re-enactment as a mode of encounter that gives new form whilst referencing the cyclical nature of materiality.
Fascinated by how paper is able to transverse both the 2D and 3D ‘Lifting The Drawing off the Page’ body of works develop from geometric drawings on the page and utilise systems, materials and measurements to create transient, 'un-fixed', installations that shift in time and space. This interest in sequence and repetition flows throughout her work, in both the utilitarian material and processes she employs. Traditional drawing materials of charcoal, graphite and paper occupy a dominant presence; as line becomes object, dust becomes surface, and space as form.
Created in scale relationship to her own body, the wall installations are suggestive of metaphorical space and architecture. The works encourage the viewer to shift around the work to gain new perspectives.
Inspired by the drawings and approach of Sol Le Witt and Legia Clark, Driver’s expanded drawings are ‘unfixed’ and present in phases to create a works that shift over time. The works are an invitation. Contained in crates, lines await with instructions, a template and a phased drawing plan.
spikes line up to puncture time,
lines rise and fall like the breath,
quivering in the breeze,
they are not still,
they are a conversation.
Born in London, 1966, Driver studied Fine Art at the University of Portsmouth, obtaining a 1st Class BA(Hons)in 1996, and a distinction MA by Project in 2000. On graduation Driver focused on public art and socially engaged practice and shifted to a studio based practice in 2007. Her studio is currently based at Art Space Portsmouth.
Driver's installations and works have been exhibited nationally in commercial and public galleries, and site specific commissions. Solo exhibitions include, When Contents Become Form, created on site at the Arbyte Gallery. The Ubiquitous Materials, duo exhibition curated by Dr Out Remes. Driver has participated in numerous selected group shows, including, FOUND, at Woolff Gallery, and Preparing the Site, Bank Gallery, Whitechapel. Site Specific installations include Lines of Passage at Salisbury Arts Centre. Artist time and space residencies include ASPEX gallery and Art Studios Oxford.
Driver was a recipient of a DYCP ACE award in 2018-19 that included Stretching a Line, a residency and collaboration at Stroud Valley Arts, and the exhibition UNFIXED at GASP; a presentation of research with accompanying programme of artist peer discussions and events.
1999 - 2007
(Known as Jeannie Kerswell)
On graduating from university Jeannie Driver (Kerswell) focused on working within the public realm. Influenced by the theories and models of engagement of Suzanne Lacy and Mary Jane Jacob, Driver tested different roles of the artist, from collaborator, facilitator, activist, and documenter. Through this dialogical discourse and collaborative approach Driver developed numerous projects including the 'highly commended' The City As a Canvas, Big Draw project. The artist initiated project, The Colour Happened on the Inside, resulted in the interactive 72 metre artwork that surrounded the contested brutalist Building prior to its demolition. The project received international attention and was featured in the Design Awards by academic Valerie Swales. Driver's Extra-Mural project in collaboration with digital artist Mike Blackman, extended her interest in mapping to create a gallery based interactive digital drawing project where the audience used trackers to reveal a digital drawing over the course of the exhibition.
During her freelance portfolio career, Driver undertook many roles including; Lead artist with a participatory arts company, Creative Consultant to Local Authorities, Lead Artist on commissioned public art projects creating work for street scapes. In addition to her creative inputs, Driver worked on partnership building, project modelling, funding and evaluation to realise both commissioned and artist led projects. Driver also undertook several substantial artist in residence positions including in a new build Healthy Living Centre, creating artworks for the building and initiating engagement projects around notions of health and change. As Artist in residence in a Pupil Referral unit, she developed projects and exhibited pupils work in the public realm and galleries including the Royal Academy. As a member of the local creative community Driver participated in developing pop ups, artist lead gallery spaces and curation. Driver has delivered many public talks and worked as visiting lecturer at several universities.
In 2007 Driver was awarded ACE funding to develop her SPIKE IT project, located in seven offices to explore issues of work, flow and waste. The project culminated in the exhibition Work Play, comprising of nine SPIKES, live streaming, cctv, and photographs. Works in this series have been exhibited across the southern region in group exhibitions. This project became the bridge to Drivers subsequent studio based practice and developed her attachment to paper as material.
Download Jeannie Driver's CV here