As part of 25 Frames - a programme of screenings and events celebrating 25 years of Film and Video Umbrella, Raindance are screening a selection of works by celebrated artist Dryden Goodwin, including two Film and Video Umbrella commissions, Closer and Poised. Closer (2001), is set around London’s Soho, the familiar stamping ground of Raindance itself, and records Goodwin’s restless circuit of the area, as he trains his camera (and a miniature laser pointer) on the faces of the random subjects he encounters. Part beatifying angel, part Peeping Tom, Goodwin’s act of observation materialises the uneasy ambivalence inherent in the act of taking someone’s image. The range of selected works will trace themes of close observation, expanded notions of portraiture and the shifting relationship between the lens and the act of drawing in Goodwin’s practice. Poised (2012), is a pinpoint study of a group of young female divers, commissioned to coincide with the 2012 Olympic Games. Each work highlights the visual finesse, and atmospheric use of sound and space, for which Goodwin is known. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the artist, led by Film and Video Umbrella Director Steven Bode. Dryden Goodwin is an internationally acclaimed artist working in drawing, installation, video, photography and sound. Living and working in London, Goodwin's solo exhibitions/projects include Breathe, a large scale projection, animating over 1,300 pencil drawings, projected opposite the Houses of Parliament, 2012; Linear, for Art on the Underground, a series of 60 drawn and filmed portraits of staff on the Jubilee line; solo exhibitions at the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, 2009 and The Photographers' Gallery, London, 2008. His work is held in the collections of the Tate and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Film and Video Umbrella is one of the UK's leading commissioners, curators and producers of artist’s moving image works, renowned for pioneering work with early career artists, as well as established names.
Fine Art Films from Dryden Goodwin