Denys Blacker & Lee Hassall

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Situated in York’s historic 15th Century Guildhall, Blacker and Hassall presented sculptural performances over extended durations.

Whilst each artist employed distinct methodological and aesthetic approaches to performance, the co-existence of the artists’ works in the shared time-space of the event, afforded an attunement to moments of collective consciousness and synchronicity; mental, emotional, material and spiritual. This approach to performance asserts that the “dualistic way of looking at the world is crumbling, and, that there are mysteries and anomalies that can only be expressed in artistic ways” (Blacker, 2015).

Like archaeologists, the artists mined the live body, sculptural materials and site for “immaterial histories,” bringing the “unconscious” to the foreground of the senses. By “evoking a ‘presence of absence’” the artists engaged with what is “simultaneously – but impossibly - there and not there…” (Hassall, 2015).


Denys Blacker & Lee Hassall
Sunday 26 July 2015
The Guildhall, St Helens Square, York
3pm - 6pm

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Lee Hassall, York Guildhall 2015. Photo Nathan Walker Denys Blacker, York Guildhall 2015. Photo Amy Camsell