Looking Ahead

I am looking ahead to the 2017 Totally Thames Festival in September and Tide Line Thames is expanding. I am creating an installation of projected imagery for the Thames Tunnel Shaft of the Brunel Museum, with artist Tom Pearman below.
 


I have had the chance to access some technical help from Levin Haegele on the London Creative Network Programme, a mentoring scheme funded by the EU and SPACE London. In January, I exhibited a new sequence of images, Tide Line Composites, as projections for the LCN Showcase at Space Studios. 

To make the Composites, I projected my photos of Thames architecture onto the surfaces of my Tide Line Thames paintings and photographed the resulting hybrid images. I then cropped and excerpted those images in Photoshop to create sets of 6 images in a grid – a fusion of painting, photography and projection. Here is Tide Line Composite 14.

And in breaking news... I have been invited by Canary Wharf Arts to extend my Thames project to create an installation of images which will be printed on large scale aluminium panels and installed in the Crossrail Place Roof Garden, a new public space at Canary Wharf. This installation also will be part of the 2017 Totally Thames Festival. I have wanted to try printing images on dibond aluminium panels for some time and now have a faublous opportunity to do so with this commission.

 

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River Stories

Anne Krinsky: Tide Line Thames  has been up for two weeks in The Gallery, Thames-Side Studios. The last four opening days of the show are 22 – 25 September, from 12–6 pm. 

Everyone feels a connection to the River Thames. While I have been invigilating the exhibition, visitors have been telling me their river stories and starting conversations about river history, the pace of development, flooding and climate change. A woman in the gallery a few days ago, who had lived in Putney for many years, told me she remembers flooding in Putney houses before the Thames Barrier was built and receiving frequent phone alerts from the Port of London Authority. The increasingly frequent use of the Barrier raises concerns about how long it can protect a subsiding London from rising sea levels due to climate change.

Among the works on view in Tide Line Thames is my trio of digital scrolls below: Rotherhithe Wall, Wapping Stairs and Paint Jobs Masthouse. Their imagery references the maritime and industrial history of the Thames. I also wanted to suggest the verticality of the river walls and the tidal shift of the river – up to 7 meters.


 

These archival digital scrolls were printed on Hannemuhle German Etching Paper at Thames-Side Print Studioon the large-format Epson. The print studio, on the back side of the Gallery building, faces the river and has a fabulous view of the Thames Barrier.

I have been trying to find out if this unusual structure I recently photographed at dead low tide in Rotherhithe, was part of the infrastructure of the Grand Surrey Canal. Does anyone know its history?

I am fascinated with both the geometric regularity of repeated pattern and its disruption. As such, the eroding river architecture is a perfect match for my visual interests. On the foreshore in Greenwich, cement bags have been stacked as bulwarks to preserve the river walls. Here are two photos from my Shoring Up Greenwich series.

In making the Tide Line Thames paintings, I was thinking about the ephemeral and kinetic nature of the tidal river, as it brings in and takes away bits of material, eroding and shifting seemingly fixed structures. I worked with acrylic and collaged Mylar on aluminium panels, slowly building up layers of acrylic and moving around pieces of my painted drafting film, in an additive and subtractive process. 

Here is River Walls, one of the paintings in the show –  acrylic and mixed media on aluminium panel, 135 x 100 centimetres.

Thames River Stairs

Thames river stairs were everywhere along the river when it was a main source of transport in London. According to the Thames Discovery website, by 1725, some 15,000 river taxis or "wherries" provided river service to Londoners. And there were 88 recorded regulated landing places where passengers could come aboard in high or low tide. 

These historic river stairs in various stages of erosion suggest surreal journeys to unknown destinations. Many have vanished altogether. Here are some photos of old and more recent Thames stairs.

 

Paint Jobs

I frequently walk the Thames Path to the east or west of where I live in Rotherhithe. The South Dock Boatyard and Marina lie to the east, on a last bit of the river's undeveloped shoreline. The Boatyard, like much of London, is slated for high-rise development. I like to see the boats winched up out of the water for repairs and watch as their hulls are patched, sanded and painted. The scarred surfaces are abstract patchworks, visible until a final coat of paint covers them. 

I think of the hulls of boats – as they rise and fall with the tide – as fair game for this project. The first image is a from a paint job in the South Dock Boatyard. The Royal Iris, (middle) was once a Mersey Ferry, and is now derelict on the foreshore in Woolwich, east of the Thames Barrier.  And the crumbling paint (bottom) is from the deck of the SS Robin, the world's oldest complete steamship, now moored at the Royal Victoria Dock, awaiting further restoration. 

 

River Walls

I am enchanted by the architecture of the Thames’ embankments, which are etched and eroded by the tides and the passage of time. The river walls, with their worn stone and wood surfaces embellished with bright green algae, are some of London’s most beautiful structures. 

 

Tide Line Thames Receives Arts Council England Funding

I have been awarded a Grant for the Arts from Arts Council England for my project, Tide Line Thames. Tide Line Thames takes as its subject matter the shifting riverscape and its architectural structures -- embankments, piers and river stairs -- between the Thames' high and low tide lines. The work also will incorporate river-related historical materials from London archives.

I will create two installations which will be exhibited as part of London's Totally Thames Festivals in successive years. The first exhibition of paintings, photographs and large-scale digital scrolls will be in The Gallery at Thames-Side Studios, in September 2016. A second installation in September 2017 will be in the subterranean cylindrical space of the Thames Tunnel Shaft of the Brunel Museum, and will involve projected imagery.

As part of my research, I have been taking photographs of the river and its embankments, both from the shore and from MBNA Thames Clippers, who are supporting this project. Tide Line Thames also has received support from Global Art Supplies, Great Art, Thames-Side Print Studio and Thames-Side Studios. Here are some photos taken from the Greenwich foreshore: