A single screen video gives breathing instructions that induce a sense of calm and well being. Sculptures act as empathetic mascots. Faces greet you with a smile. Old technology mimics slightly newer technology. A complaint about the world is lodged. Benedict Drew’s work aims to both create and destabilise systems, playfully referencing the history of film, music and conceptual art.
Benedict Drew lives and works in Whitstable and Margate, in 2011 he graduated from the Slade School of Art. He has frequently collaborated with a diverse mix of artists and musicians including Nathan Budzinski & Auto Italia, Otomo Yoshihide, Rhodri Davies, Greg Pope, Emily Richardson, ‘The Work In Progress’, Sachiko M and Emma Hart. Performing often in the UK and internationally including Tate Modern, London; Yamaguchi Centre for Art, Japan; Rotterdam Film Festival; Kill Your Timid Notion, Dundee; ICA, London; Performa 09, New York; and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. Drew has made many radio works for Resonance FM, most recently Concrete Decent Transmission for Writtle Calling. He was lead-artist for Chisenhale Gallery’s Propeller Project (2012) and a LUX Associate Artist (2011/12). In 2012 he was shortlisted for the Jarman award.
Curated by CIRCA Projects. Courtesy James Taylor Gallery.