Betsy Dadd: Drawing-Trick-Blink

18 Mar 2011 – 26 Mar 2011

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Exhibition open 11am-11pm (Sundays 12pm-10pm)

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New Gallery London

London, United Kingdom


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  • Bus Routes 12, 36, 171, 343, 436
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An exhibition of new drawings and animations.


Simple observations make up the daily landscapes of our lives. In Betsy's drawings the familiar becomes a revelation on the page. Her fleeting sketches and hand crafted animations act as poetic documents of times unspecified. In 'Drawing-Trick-Blink' we can glimpse into the pages of Betsy's drawing books, drawings that are made in private - unfinished but wholly complete. They are not made for us to look at, or wink or blink at. They are visual notes; quick sketches of past moments. Small miracles that rear up from the general wash of experience and gleam for only a short time. Depictions of what one sees, catching the essence of things, knowing things, as they appear uniquely. Dates, times and explanations are redundant, in Betsy's work we have a corner of the world that is locatable only through what is seen and what is felt. The animations, referred to as 'moving drawings,' appear flickering and blinking at us from the walls of the gallery. But each drawn frame is itself not moving at all. They are drawing tricks. A trick of they eye. They fool us that the subjects are growing, rolling, walking, crawling, morphing and themselves alive (or dead). Pieces of music have acted as starting points for these animations, leading the path for the imagery to follow. However, various musicians have been invited to concoct new original compositions and improvisations in response to the animations for this exhibition. Wooden flute, glockenspiel and sampled sounds, live instrumental and electronic soundtracks will be performed on the opening night to accompany the screening. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The private view will be open from 6-11pm, Thursday 17th March, and will feature live music and performances from: Beatrice Rose Loft Schulz Josh & Hollie Skype Max Hart May Kersey & Toby O'Conner The Valleys Toby Saunders


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