At the heart of Dryden Goodwin’s art is a fascination with drawing. But the ways in which he explores this age-old practice are anything but traditional. He combines drawing with photography, film and large-scale screen-based installations. He is engaged with time as well as line, and with the sculptural potential of two-dimensional images. Other concerns in his art are also strongly contemporary: the city, ideas of public and private, voyeurism, desire and emotional distance.
Many of Dryden Goodwin’s key works are featured in this profile, including his early animations like Heathrow (1994) and the three-screen installation Closer (2002) which features covert video footage of strangers in the city whose features the artist is tracing with a laser pen. He discusses the ambitious eight-screen Dilate (2003) and his most recent film Flight (2006), which is presented in a gallery alongside a display of the thousands of drawings that he made for its production.
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Goodwin and goodbye at The Photographer’s Gallery September 25 2008