Degree Show One: Art. Central Saint Martins - By Herb Shellenberger (2017)
Madeleine Lohrum Strancari has developed a practice across drawing and moving image while embedding performance within her use of these media. In Long Jump, the artist creates a large-scale drawing by running across a long sheet of paper on the ground, sliding on graphite dust in two lines along its length. Video captures the performance’s eleven-minute duration, providing an aerial view of the artist’s process. The drawing was displayed horizontally on a long wall, providing an uncanny orientation between the footprints and the viewer’s perspective.
Explorers is a rear projected video that shows bodies advancing towards and retreating from a partially opaque surface. Their forms dissipate and reappear due to their closeness to the surface and they provide a haptic connection to the viewer through outstretched hands and body parts that touch this screen and reveal their form.
With both works, 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.