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b.1982 South Africa, lives and works in London

Mary Hurrell is an interdisciplinary artist working across sound, performance and sculpture to explore choreography of the body and its incorporeal fluidity. She is interested in forms of language and movement in relation to physical and psychological experience.

Selected Solo Projects, Performances and Exhibitions

Blush Response, Nicoletti Audio, 2021

Movement Study 6 (Maxxinna), The Bower, London, 2018

3(OXIORCAD), Flat Time House, London, 2018

2(AERIAL), Kunstraum, London, 2018

1(PITCH), Body Ecologies 1, organised by fluent at Centro Botin, Spain, 2018

StereoSkin, Herdubreid Biosal, Seydisfjordur, Iceland, 2017

EROTIC MECHANICS, 10 Martello Street, London, 2016

SILVER, Outpost, Norwich, 2014

Release All Whales From Captivity, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, 2013

Key Blank, Broadcast Gallery, Dublin, 2012

Call/Coda, Carlos/Ishikawa, London, 2012


Selected Group Projects, Performances and Exhibitions

2021
Calling Cards Publishing Presents, Cafe OTO, London
Brunswick Park Film Festival, The Bower, London

2020
Dark Water 3, Matts Gallery, London (postponed due to Covid-19)
Whitechapel Gallery Presents 06, London, (postponed due to Covid-19)

2019
UNDEX, Jupiter Rising x Edinburgh Art Festival, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh
Max Eilbacher, Ren Schofield (CONTAINER) + WANDA GROUP + Mary Hurrell, Cafe OTO, London
hmn 16, Bedford House Community Centre, London

2018
By Indirections Find Directions Out, Yamakiwa Gallery, Japan
Body Echo, Nicoletti Contemporary, Paris

2017
Pharos / Beacons, Caustic Coastal, Manchester
Going Along Without A Body, IKLECTIK, London
LOTUS, Bosse & Baum, London

2016
An Evening Of Performances, David Roberts Art Foundation, London
High Arousal: Choreographs and Works, Union Pacific, London
Tarantallegra, HESTER, New York
Left Hand to Back of Head, Bluecoat, Liverpool

2015
London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London
OPEN SOURCE Contemporary Art Festival, London
TURIBULUM GAME PLAN, Lychee One, London

2014
My Vocabulary Did This Too Me, South London Gallery

2013
The Everything and Nothing Problem, Jerwood Space with Ceri Hand, London

2012
DUPLEX, Jerusalem, 02 Academy & Moore Street Electricity Substation, Sheffield
Coda, Bold Tendencies, Sadler’s Wells Weekend, London
Auditorium/Pavilion Projects, Dilston Grove
SOLOS, In-Use, Performance Evening, Acme Project Space, London

Publications
EROTIC MECHANICS-mappings - a collection of textural scores and collages by the artist charting two bodies of work spanning 2015-2018, with essays by Emily LaBarge, published by Publication Studio London.

Residencies
Yamakiwa Gallery, Tokamachi, Japan, 2018
Radical Affinites, Flat Time House & Kunstraum, London, 2018
Skaftfell Center For Visual Art, Seydisfjodur, Iceland, 2017
Jerusalem Residency, London / Sheffield, 2012
SIM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2008

Selected Press
19 November 2020
Figure Figure N°35 – Conversation with MARY HURRELL
https://figurefigure.fr/media/pages/archives/november-2020/e47812d0bd-1605780174/figurefigure35maryhurrell.pdf

9 March 2018, frieze
Profile: Mary Hurrell’s Fluid Forms by Chris Fite-Wassilak
https://frieze.com/article/mary-hurrells-fluid-forms

12 December 2016, frieze
2016 Highlights: Brian Dillon
https://frieze.com/article/2016-highlights-brian-dillon

Awards
Because of Many Suns, The Collezione Taurisano Acquisition Award 2021
Research and Development Grant, Arts Council of England, 2020
Research and Development Grant, Arts Council of England, 2017
Research and Development Grant, Arts Council of England, 2015

Education
2011 MA Sculpture, Royal College of Art, London
2004 BA (HONS), Dance and Visual Art, University of Brighton



RECENT WORK / image credits

Blush Response 2021, Nicoletti Audio
(Image: Photographic digital collage made in collaboration with Agata Madejska)

UNDEX
24 August 2019, Jupiter Rising Festival, Edinburgh
Site-specific choreography of live movement and sound for the Charles Jencks Lake, Jupiter Artland.

Movement Study 6 (Maxxinna)
12 midday to 12 midnight, 12-17 November 2018 The Bower, Brunswick Park, London
A performative installation and 360 degree movement in time over 6 consecutive days.
Performed with Nina Davies.

EROTIC MECHANICS-mappings
A collection of textural scores and collages by Mary Hurrell charting two bodies of work spanning 2015-2018, with essays by Emily LaBarge, published by Publication Studio London.

mappings digital collage series, 2018

mappings / 1 (Pitch)
Body Ecologies 1, organised by fluent at Centro Botin, Santander, Spain, 2018
The first part in a trilogy of works, mappings 2018.
Original electronic soundtrack by Hurrell with movement developed in collboration with Kitty Fedorec. (Images: Courtesy the artist, Centro Botín and fluent; photographer: Belén de Benito)

mappings / 2 (Aerial)
9 March – 14 April 2018
Live event: 7pm, 24 March 2018
Installation and performance, Kunstraum London.
Performed with Kitty Fedorec.
Closing event with Katie Fiore & Simon Parris.
(Photos: Tim Bowditch & Olga Koroleva)

mappings / 3 (OXIORCAD)
28 April from, Flat Time House, London.
A live choreography of sound, light and performance taking place across sunset from 7:58pm - 8:38pm.
Performed with Kitty Fedorec.
(Photos: Andrew Magurran)

OXIORCAD (Paris)
31 May 2018, Nicoletti Contemporary, Paris. Performance for BODY ECHO exhibition.

1,538°C (as horizon) 2017
(Performance for camera with Agata Madejska)

mappings ( 7E-Insulate-Resist-Fat-Edge / Open-Berth-Drone-Milk-Marble-Mercury-Plane-Blade-Teeth- Amputate-Chameleonic-Vessel-Achromatic-Balance) 2017
(Photo: Damian Griffiths)

Movement Study 5 (PEARLEX)
6 October 2016, DRAF
An Evening of Performances with Olof Dreijer, Mary Hurrell, Goshka Macuga, Roman Ondak, Amalia Ulman and Mark Wallinger.
Performed with: Kitty Fedorec, Emily Yuen and Hany Park.
(Photos: Dan Weill)