Jessica Voorsanger’s solo exhibition Live Long and Prosper at Work Gallery, 10A Acton Street, London WC1X 9NG from 21st July – 16th September 2016. There was also an ‘In Conversation’ with Jean Wainwright at the closing event on 14th September 2016.
In Live Long and Prosper, Jessica Voorsanger is presenting a new series of paintings in which she imagines the paintings she would make if she were artist-in-residence on The Starship Enterprise.
Voorsanger’s established practice exploring issues surrounding popular culture and celebrity takes a radical departure in this new series of paintings juxtaposing vintage fabrics with toxic and vibrant colours. She refers to them as ‘painted collages’. The faded, patterned vintage fabrics in contrast with the vibrant poured and dripped paint locate the work in its questioning of what a sci-fi utopian future could hold.
Jessica: Oh hello Captain Kirk! What do you think of my new paintings?
Captain Kirk: Fantastic!
Mr.Spock: This cacophanous colour is not logical.
Jessica: Actually, I think you will find Mr.Spock that the melding of the patterned fabrics are indicative of the time period in which they exist. The bright poured and dripped paint is a reaction to what the potential futures could be.
Mr.Spock: Very interesting.
Jessica Voorsanger appeared at the Art Car Boot Fair this 12th of June 2016 as one of her favourite Star Trek characters, Captain Kirk. She proceeded to show Captain Kirk’s drawing skills off by drawing portraits to the ACBF as Mr. Spock. Live Long and Prosper…
Cath Hawes has been ‘Spocked’
Jessica Voorsanger has turned part of the Substation into a TV stage-set reminiscent of the strange and often hostile planets visited by the Enterprise’s crew in the original series of Gene Roddenberry’s much-loved Star Trek (Original Series, also known as TOS). Visitors are invited to dress in detailed replica costumes of the famous Star Trek uniforms and act-out scenes which will be instantly recorded via a replica 1960’s TV studio camera and played back via monitors situated in the space. Scripts, props, costumes & make-up were provided.