Redfern Gallery presents

LINDA KARSHAN: Retrospective Drawings - 1992-2019, Book Launch and Films

MAY 17 - 19, 2019


Duke of York's Headquarters
King's Road
London SW3 4RY

Still from film, “Blackbird Song,” on view at DRAW Art Fair.

Still from film, “Blackbird Song,” on view at DRAW Art Fair.

Installation of works on Redfern Gallery booth.

Installation of works on Redfern Gallery booth.

The first drawing by Linda Karshan to enter the British Museum was purchased from The Redfern Gallery in 1994. 25 years later, we are delighted to present a retrospective selection of her drawings from 1992-2019, proving her natural progression from graphic to performative drawing action. That 'drawing action' is now played out in space--in rooms and places selected for their resonance with her cultural journey. These new, walked drawings have been conceived, and filmed, in collaboration with Ishmael Annobil. In several of them the sound has been recorded to highlight the importance of sonic elements in Karshan's work.

Guided by what she calls her “inner choreography,” Karshan makes spare, monochromatic, abstract prints and drawings that serve as direct reflections of the process of their making. Though she began her career producing expressive compositions, in 1994 she developed a performance-based method for making work, in which every mark is associated with her rhythmic and regulated breathing, her counter-clockwise turning of the paper, the motion of her entire body, and the musical way in which she counts off increments of time. Karshan’s method results in iterative images of intersecting lines, forming grids, geometric shapes and patterns, and, sometimes, ordered yet loosely scribbled marks repeating across the page.

Daily Performance of Blackbird Song

The Redfern Gallery presents Blackbird Song, a ‘walked drawing’ performance by Linda Karshan in The Saatchi Gallery. In this groundbreaking genre, Karshan’s feet become her drawing points, approaching the location in the same way as her paper-based drawings. She coalesces with each space to enact walked lines and movements that embody her internal rhythm and form. Following the patterns of her breath and her intuitive “inner choreography”, Karshan walks in precise patterns of straight lines that recall her drawings on paper, sometimes stopping to embellish a particular point with a few steps of dancelike footwork. As she moves through each space, Karshan’s footsteps resound off the walls and floors in an interplay of echoes and rhythms to create auditory portraits. The artist herself becomes a living presence giving voice to the place itself.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE: DAILY, 4PM, Meeting Point at The Redfern Gallery G5.2

Book Launch and screenings: Sunday May 19 2:30 pm

EQUILIBRIO - Linda Karshan: Art, Architecture and Sacred Geometry in conversation

Including an interview with the artist and author Richard Davey moderated by Allison Wucher, Studio Manager to Linda Karshan.

In the summer of 2018 Linda Karshan exhibited at the Abbazia San Giorgio Maggiore Venice, the iconic 1000 year old monastery that lies in the centre of the city’s lagoon. 

This new book captures the essence of the exhibition presenting Karshan’s drawings alongside a photo essay of the city’s sacred geometry. Richard Davey’s writing creates a ‘conversation’ that allows the reader to see the connections between contemporary drawing and the legacy of art and architecture in this mesmerising city.

Film Screenings 

Alongside the book launch there will be a background screening of the films ‘Silhouette in Balance’ and ‘A Library for L’Aquila’ by Marco Agostinelli. At the end of the conversation and book launch the ‘Walked Rooms’ triptych of films will be presented. This triptych, by Ishmael Annobil, includes ‘Linda's Room’ the first in a series of walked drawing performances which was created at Abbazia San Giorgio Maggiore. 

Catalogue Launch

The Library for L’Aquila by Linda Karshan 

We will also be presenting the new catalogue for Karshan’s recent show, ‘The Library for L’Aquila’- a permanent installation of Karshan’s ’SOUNDINGS’ work, installed in the iconic library in the Italian city devastated by an earthquake in 2009. 


The Redfern Gallery was founded in September 1923 on the top floor of Redfern House at 27 Old Bond Street, London, as an artists' cooperative. It is now one of the longest-established galleries of Modern British and Contemporary art in London.