Drawing is at the core of Andrew McDonald's work. While he sees the act of drawing as a means of escape, the results are ravishingly beautiful drawings and animations. Dark, brooding and intense, these dramatic works involve the incomplete human figure, headless, loveless and alone, and bleak melodramatic moments.
In the animation John's Country (2003) a headless man clambers into sight over the back of a rocky landscape. He staggers across a ravine only to disappear again. Alive with movement, the lines flicker and shimmer relentlessly as the main action takes place: it is at no time possible to forget that they are hand-drawn.
The exhibition includes two recent animations, the brand new John and the Machine, and the Everyone wants Revenge, finished in 2006 and shown at the exhibition Zoo, in London. Two special rooms to view the films will be constructed in the gallery. There will also be recent drawings and two new sculptures.