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Benedict Drew: THE ANTI ECSTATIC MACHINES 22–30 September 2018 | Heads May Roll 19 February–20 April 2014 | Revolver Part 3: The Persuaders 31 October–18 November 2012 | Editions | Artist’s Website

Benedict Drew | Heads May Roll | 19 February–20 April 2014 | Private View: Sunday 16 February, 2–5pm

Benedict Drew, Heads May Roll, 2014. Detail courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery, London.

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For his first solo commission at Matt’s Gallery, Benedict Drew presents a large-scale installation. The work scrutinises the effect and intent of mediated images, synthesised voice and the fractured narrative of instructional speech.

This immersive exhibition attempts to make sculptural the absurdity of a life spent staring into a screen and the social anxiety induced by ‘smart’ objects via an alternative sci-fi stage set comprising of a landscape of objects, sound and projection. Its content responds to the super saturated, psychedelic properties of LCD technology and the disorientating potential of electronic sound. Drew critiques contemporary consumption via a fantastical future world in which the image, word and body are exhausted.

Referring to Henri Chopin’s essay Why I Am The Author of Sound Poetry and Free Poetry (1967) where the “all-powerful Word, the Word that reigns over all…(we) listen to it everywhere describe us and describe events, tells us how to vote, and whom we should obey”; Drew acknowledges society’s increasingly passive digestion of the subliminal voice of consumerism and offers a noisy palate cleanser, an escape route, a portal to an alternative world.

Heads May Roll is accompanied by two new limited edition prints Headroom, 2014 and No Body, 2014.

Benedict Drew (b. 1977) works across video, sculpture and music. Recent solo exhibitions include: The Onesie Cycle (VIP), Phoenix and Two Queens Gallery, Leicester; The Onesie Cycle, Rhubarba, Edinburgh; Now Thing, Whitstable Biennale; This Is Feedback, Outpost, Norwich; Gliss, Cell Project Space; The Glass Envelope, Zabludowicz Collection, London and The Persuaders, Circa Site / AV Festival, Newcastle upon Tyne. Benedict is participating in the 2014 Adelaide Biennale, Worlds in Collision, curated by Richard Grayson.

Drew completed an MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2011. He was lead artist for Chisenhale Gallery’s Propeller Project (2012), a LUX Associate Artist (2011/12), and was shortlisted for the 2012 Jarman award.

Benedict Drew is represented by Matt's Gallery, London.

Heads May Roll is generously supported by The Henry Moore Foundation. Matt’s Gallery is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and founding member of Common Practice.


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Born 1977 Lives and works in Whitstable / Margate UK Education 2009-2011 Slade School of Fine Art MFA; 1996-1999 Middlesex University BA Fine Art Solo Exhibitions 2015 KAPUT, QUAD Gallery, Derby 2014 Benedict Drew Heads May Roll Matt’s Gallery, London 2013 The Onesie Cycle (VIP) – a solo exhibition across two venues, Phoenix and Two Queens Gallery, Leicester; The Onesie Cycle, Rhubaba, Edinburgh, Scotland 2012 Now Thing, Whitstable Biennale; THIS IS FEEDBACK, Outpost, Norwich; Gliss, Cell Project Space, London; The Glass Envelope, Zabludowicz Collection, London; The Persuaders, Circa Site / AV Festival, Newcastle Selected Group Exhibitions 2015–2016 British Art Show 8, Hayward Touring, Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton 2015 Mainland Rock, Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway; Art on the Underground, London 2014 Acid Rain, Island Gallery, Brussels 2013 Museum of Arts and Design, New York, USA; BLASTOMERE, Young Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, USA Bold Tendencies, London; SNAP: Art at the Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh; R-U-Dead Yet? Summerhall, Edinburgh; Fresh Trauma, Ceri Hand Gallery, London; Is That All There Is?, Import Projects, Berlin; While It Lasts, A Show-reel. Eastside Projects, Birmingham; While It Lasts, A Show-reel. Milton Keynes Gallery; Unspecific Objects, The Royal Standard, Liverpool; LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH, ICA, London (event and publication) 2012 Revolver Part 3, Matt's Gallery, London; The Stone of Folly, Downstairs at Great Brampton House, Hereford; Paraproduction, Boetzerlaer|Nispen, Amsterdam; Young London, V22, London; Soundworks, ICA, London; Containing the Possible, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London; There is not and never had been anything to understand, ASC Gallery, London; Things That Have Interested Me, Waterside Contemporary, London; Writtle Calling, radio broadcast; Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable; The Persuaders, AV Festival, Newcastle 2011 Seeing in the dark, CIRCA, Newcastle; PIGDOGANDMONKEYFESTOS, Banner Repeater, London; Auto Italia Live Episode 1: Talking Objects in Space, Auto Italia, London; Reclaim the Mural, The Work In Progress, Whitechapel Gallery, London; The Persuaders, James Taylor Gallery, London; Tomorrow's World, Nutbrook Studios, London; MFA exhibition, Slade School of Fine Art 2010 JTP 10, James Taylor Gallery, London; Resonance104.4fm presents ResoVision, Frieze Art Fair, London; Non-Cochlear Sound, Diapason Gallery, New York; Systematic studio, 176, London; Present Technology, Contemporary Art Research Centre at Kingston University, Kingston; Fast Fertig, The Oubliette, London; Images festival, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada 2009 No.where, London (with Emma Hart); The Shandy Show: A Selection of Works from the Shandy Collection, The Arts Gallery, London; Unter Radio, Resonance FM, London; The Work in Progress presents: NOISY IMAGE, Café Oto, London 2008 Ensembles, Yamaguchi Centre for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi, Japan Curated Exhibitions 2014 Escape Routes, Limbo Margate, featuring Angus Braithwaite, Nicholas Brooks, David Burrows, Ami Clarke, Catriona Clayson, Matt Copson, Vera Karlsson, Rebecca Lennon, Terence McCormack, Heather Phillipson, Laura Smith, Milo Waterfield 2013 We Object!, Aid & Abet, Cambridge, featuring Nicholas Brooks, Rebecca Lennon, Beth Collar, Angus Braithwaite, Heather Phillipson and Jem Finer Performances 2010 Images festival, The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada 2009 Performa 09, Light Industry, New York (with Emma Hart) The Old Police Station, London (with Emma Hart); Café Oto, London (with Tetsuya Umeda); The Unnamed Music Festival, Café Oto, London (with Tom Chant, Angharad Davies, John Edwards); Cut & Splice: Living Rooms Festival, Wilton’s Music Hall, London (with The Domestic Appliance Audio Research Society); Courtisane Festival, Ghent, Belgium (with Chris Watson and Emily Richardson) 2008 Kill Your Timid Notion Tour, ICA, London (with Greg Pope); The Lux Presents Six Films by Emily Richardson (DVD launch), Café Oto, London (with Chris Watson and Emily Richardson); Untitled (2008), Kill Your Timid Notion Festival, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (with Sachiko M.); UNTITLED 5, Nought to Sixty, ICA, London (with Emma Hart); LMC Festival, Café Oto, London (with Tom Chant, Angharad Davies and John Edwards); UNTITLED 4, LUX presents Live Cinema, Arcola Theatre, London (with Emma Hart); Self-Cancellation, INSTAL, Beaconsfield, London; The Arches, Glasgow Other Works 2008 Cobra Mist, Soundtrack for the film by Emily Richardson Awards and Prizes Boise Travel Scholarship; LUX Associate Artists Programme; OCAD Off Screen Award (for Untitled Seven with Emma Hart)

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Publications 2014 Zero Hour Petrified, exhibition catalogue, Sofa Press. ISSN no. 1176-1164; Public Address, Focal Point Gallery ISBN 978-1-907185-18-2 2012 Revolver Part 3 white book, published by Matt's Gallery, London 2011 ON THE UPGRADE, Box containing limited edition artworks by Patrick Coyle, Benedict Drew, Jamie George, Tamarin Norwood, Damien Roach and David Rule. Edition series of 50 Published by, September 2011; How I Failed To Make Man, Merkske 2011, ISBN 978-1907829017; Expanded Cinema: Art, Performance and Film, Tate Publishing, May 2011, ISBN 978-1854379740; Nought to Sixty, ICA, ISBN 978-1900300599; Emily Richardson, Time Frames, Stour Valley Arts Ltd, ISBN 978-0953534081 Selected Bibliography 2014 Andrew Witt, Artforum, April; Nathaniel Budowski, Puncturing Fantasies: Exhausted Images and the ‘Me’ Generation, Frieze, May; Alex Needham, The Guardian Online Australia, March; Yvette Greslé, this is tomorrow, March; Skye Sherwin, The Guardian, February 2013 Matthew Herbert, Future Greats: Benedict Drew, Art Review February 2013 2012 Sam Thorne, The Year in Review - UK, Frieze, November-December 2012; Eliza Apperly, Revolver Part 3, this is tomorrow, November 2012; Jackie D. Koerner-Hintz, Revolver Part 3, Matt's Gallery, Art Pit, 11 November 2012; Saim Demircan, An Orchestra Falling Down a Cliff, Mousse Magazine, Issue 35; Susanna Davies-Crook, First Exposure: Benedict Drew, Dazed and Confused, November 2012; Isobel Harbison, The Map is the Territory/ Re-Run, Frieze, June-August 2012; Sam Thorne, AV Festival, Frieze, May 2012

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