Presented at V3 Gallery, Dance Therapy, Part III, opening this evening, is the final instalment of artist Lotte Andersen’s on-going series of the same name. As both artist and art director, Andersen’s work deals with capturing culture through euphoria. She sets up physical arenas that allow the theatrics of youth culture to take place and be investigated, capturing uncensored, transcendent bodily movement in the process.
Mentored by the celebrated John Pearse, the 60’s sartorialist, Andersen discovered she had an affinity with art, fashion, music and culture early on. Joining these elements together, she founded cult west London club night, Maxilla, and its corresponding DIY zine. Previously, she took over Bold Tendencies in Peckham’s multi-storey car park for a one-night show called Weird Sex, featuring Matthew Stone, Reba Maybury, James Massiah, Phoebe Collings-James and Sienna Murdoch of Sadface.Club. Her skills of cutting, pasting and curating, have seen her host poster-making workshops for House of Vans, art direct music videos for Mount Kimbie with Tyrone Lebon, as well as collaborate with Adidas to create a zine for their Stella Sport range and art direct the official blog.
In it’s first instance Dance Therapy was commissioned as part of Cairo Clarke’s curatorial residency Touch Sensitive at Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Guest Projects. The gallery space became an open studio inviting the public to a five-hour session of dance portraits captured on film and stills by the artist. Through playing with space, sound and installation, Andersen re-presents the concerns of Dance Therapy in a series of multimedia installations first shown at Drawing a Blank in May 2017. At V3 this installation is recontextualised in a new iteration, a constantly evolving project where the viewer is put at the centre of the work and confronts the politics of taking up space, whilst simultaneously being part of it.
Thursday 10 August, 7-11pm | V3 Gallery, 100 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AB