Nina Rodin>2012> Variable Control /Control Variable




Variable Control /Control Variable (in collaboration with Sarah Knill-Jones)

date > March 2012
media > windows, acrylic, video, plinths, paint, brushes, palettes...

> Variable Control / Control Variable' (2012) is a collaborative painting project by artists Sarah Knill-Jones and Nina Rodin in which they seek to explore the limits of direct collaboration in painting, working in a constructive/destructive dialogue on the painted surface. They painted in turns on two surfaces, interposing each other's marks, thus exercising variable degrees of control on the other artists' work in a visual but silent conversation.Between each change-over, the artists walked through the streets of Baku: through this intermittent alignment of their conscious experience and an awareness of the city, the artists sought to draw on a shared memory in their mark-making.

> The artists work on glass which allows acrylic paint, even when dry, to be reactivated, peeled, moved, crumbled up, thus widening the classically additive repertoire of painting to one where marks can be reconfigured or removed. This process has parallels with the undo button of digital imaging software but also with the cylces of urban expansion as cities grow and remodeled to match ever-changing and sometimes conflicting needs.

> The windows - one old and one new - also allow partial access to the history of the work albeit one consciously manipulated by the artists. Liekwise, a city can only revel part of an edited history where new facades are layered on top of older ones. The plastic window is of a sort that is very popular in Baku, to the point where people proudly leave the protective stickers on with their logos showing.

> In this case, the work was both the performance of it's making, the final installation and a film of the process. We are working towards a point where the filming of the process becomes an essential component, possibly replacing the paintings as the final product:



> For images of the work as it was shown inthe show in Baku, click here:



> Related work:

heals  control condition  variable control  testbed