Benedict Drew (UK)
Benedict Drew works across video, sculpture and music, creating large-scale multimedia installations, which comment on the effects of socio-political and environmental issues. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Trickle-Down Syndrome, 2017, Whitechapel Gallery, London, accompanied by a performance during Art Night 2017; KAPUT, 2017, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; The Saw Tooth Wave, 2016-17, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry~Londonderry; Heads May Roll, 2014, Matt’s Gallery, London. Recent group exhibitions include: Sump, 2017, Project/ Number, London; Into boundless space I leap, 2016, Kettles Yard, Cambridge; Stories in the Dark, 2016, The Beaney, Canterbury.
In 2016-17 Benedict Drew showed work at the British Art Show 8, a major showcase of emerging artistic talent that toured in Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton. Beyond a strong presence in the visual arts, Drew holds a long-standing and unique reputation in London’s experimental and underground music scene. In May 2017 he released the LP Crawling Through Tory Slime with Mana Records. Benedict Drew is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London.
Benedict presents Heads May Roll ( radio edit ) a video work originally commissioned and shown at Matt’s Gallery, London, in 2014 as part of a large-scale installation. The exhibition as a whole scrutinised the effect and intent of mediated images, synthesised voice and the fractured narrative of instructional speech. With this work Drew critiques contemporary consumption via a fantastical future world in which the image, word and body are exhausted.
Photo credits: Benedict Drew, Heads May Roll, 2014. Detail courtesy the artist and Matt’s Gallery, London.
Published on 27 Jul 2017