Long Jump

Long Jump

Drawing Size: 2,80 x 9,70 m

Performance duration:  11' 36''

Description: Long Jump is a performative drawing made at Central Saint Martins in 2017, and represented the artist in the Degree Show. In this work the artist spreads graphite powder on a massive piece of paper by running and sliding along it in a repetitive elliptical movement for 11 minutes and 36 seconds, until graphite powder is completely spread. The resulting drawing shows the trace of her performance, where the organic character of her movements and

footprints intermingles with the specific textures and architectural features of the floor, which result transferred and integrated in the drawing by the frottage of her slipping. This works questions the boundaries of performance and drawing and emphasizes the weakness of limits in contemporary art practices.

The making process of this work is just half controlled. The artist is literally fighting to keep her balance during the performance, and in fact she eventually falls down at some point, but she stands up again and keeps doing her task. This is actually an important feature in M.Lohrum’s practice, which is related to the uncertain nature of artistic creation and the contemporary social context. 'Like water slipping through my fingers'- she has said- ‘I always work with this sentence in my head; with this feeling in my heart’. Or in Herb Shellenberger’s words in his critic about this piece, ‘the artist examines the uncertainty and precarity of life in our neoliberal culture. She interrogates this situation through the site of the body, by engaging in repetitive movements and through simple motifs, to reflect the strained and sometimes desperate relation people have with culture, labour and life in general’.

Blind Monkey's Buff

Drawing size: 1,5 x 3 m

Performance duration: 3' 39''

Description: In this performative drawing M.Lohrum spreads graphite powder on a piece of paper by moving on it twhile wearing a sleeping mask. The resulting drawing is the trace of her performance.

Bleep Test

Bleep Test

Drawing size: 1,5 x 4,5 m

Perdormance duration:  3' 37''

Description: In this performative drawing the artist spreads graphite powder on a piece of paper by running and sliping along it repeatedly. The resulting drawing is the trace of her performance.

Allegro

Drawing size: 1,5 x 2 m

Performance duration: 2' 42''

Description: In this performative drawing the artists bounces on a piece of paper sprinkled with graphite powder.

The resulting drawing is a race of her performance.

Grave

Drawing size: 3 x 3 m

Performance duration: 8' 6''

Description: In this performative drawing the artist spreads graphite powder on a piece of paper by running and sliping along it to the grave rhythm of a metronome.

Allegretto

Allegretto

Drawing size: 1,5 x 3 m

Performance duration: 28''

Description: In this performative drawing  two participants spread graphite powder on a piece of paper by moving backwards along it while doing Tandu movements to the allegretto rhythm of a metronome.

Moderato

Moderato

Drawing size: 1,5 x 3

Performance duration: 4' 02''

Description: In this performative drawing two participants spread graphite powder on a piece of paper by moving along it while doing Rond de Jambe movements to the moderato rhythm of a metronome.

Lento

Lento

Drawing size: 1,5 x 3 m

Performance duration: 1' 10''

Description: In this performative drawing two participants spread graphite powder on a piece of paper by jumping in order to explode a number of black balloons hanging from the ceiling just above them, to the lento rhythm of a metronome.

© 2013 by M.Lohrum. 

Moderato