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Prof Dryden Goodwin
Slade School of Fine Art
Gower Street
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  • Professor of Fine Art
  • The Slade School of Fine Art
  • Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Goodwin’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, The Photographers' Gallery, London, The National Portrait Gallery, London, the Venice Biennale and the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg. His work is included in public collections such as MOMA, New York, The Tate Collection, The National Portrait Gallery, and Science Museum, London. Festival screenings of his feature-length film ‘Unseen: The Lives of Looking’, include nominations for ‘Best Documentary Feature’ 24th edition of Camerimage, Bydgoszcz, Poland (2016) and nominations in the international DOX:AWARD at CPH:DOX 2015, Copenhagen.

Solo exhibitions and projects include: 'Those Who Seek My Help', permanent commission for New Karolinska Hospital Stockholm, Sweden, 2018; 'Seeing Hand', commissioned through Launch Pad, Shanghai, China, 2017. ‘Unseen: The Lives of Looking’, Queen’s House, Royal Museum’s Greenwich, London, accompanied by an exhibition of drawings and artefacts featured in the film, 2015; ‘Skill’, MIMA, Middlesbrough, 2015; ‘Poised’, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2014; ‘Wander’ a permanent installation of 100 steel etching plates, Cambridge, 2014; ‘Breathe’, commissioned by Invisible Dust, animating over 1,300 pencil drawings, projected at night, opposite the Houses of Parliament, 2012; ‘Linear’ commissioned by Art on the Underground, 60 pencil portraits and 60 short films, displayed as posters, on digital screens, and at exhibition sites, across the London Underground and online 2010-2012. ‘Coax’, Raum mit Licht, Vienna and Fotoforum West, Innsbruck, Austria, 2011; ‘Cast’, at the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2009 and the Photographers’ Gallery, London, 2008.

Group exhibitions include: 'Typojanchi', International Typography Biennale Seoul, South Korea, 2017; ‘Air: Visualising the Invisible in British Art 1768-2017’, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, 2017; 'I want!, I want!’ - Art and Technology selection from the Arts Council Collection, Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Museums, 2017; ‘Pose’, Galerie Springmann, Berlin, Germany; ‘Stories in the Dark’, The Whitstable Biennale 2016; ’Work, Rest and Play: British Photography from the 1960s until Today’ curated by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, touring China, 2015-2016; ‘Poster Art 150: London Underground's Greatest Designs’, London Transport Museum, 2013; ‘Everything Flows’, De La Warr Pavilion, 2012; ‘The World in London’, curated by the Photographers’ Gallery, 2012; ‘Exquisite Forest’, Tate Modern and Google, 2012; ‘Poetry of Motion’, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2012; ‘Images of the Mind’, Moravian Gallery in Brno, Czech Republic, 2011; ‘Grand National’, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway, 2010; ‘London Calling: Who Gets to Run the World’, Total Museum, Seoul 2009 also Hanjiyun Contemporary Space, Beijing, 2009.

Research Themes
Research Summary
Through drawing, film, installation, photography, and sound, my practice involves close observation of individuals and groups. I often seek to reveal people, places or issues that are overlooked or uncelebrated. I have created work for galleries, cinemas, museums, and for permanent and temporary installation in public space, as well online. Many of my projects centre around my connection with people through conversations and dialogue and via my use of drawing, cameras, and sound recording equipment, to negotiate intimate exchanges. Through my work, I'm attempting to reveal and reflect upon aspects of the inner and emotional lives of the people I focus on, be they strangers encountered in the city, family and friends or specific groups of people with a shared experience of work or environment.

With drawing implements (pencil, etching needle, ink pen or digital stylus), with lenses (video, film or photography) as well as creating soundtracks, I distil intense pockets of time and experience and aim to evoke a heightened sense of each person I portray, as well evoking the atmosphere of the places I encountered them in. In recent projects, I have been driven by the inability of any ‘portrait’ to fully describe a subject and have therefore been curious to explore expanded notions of ‘portraiture’, both in form and approach to a subject. More than ‘bearing witness’ to someone’s likeness and that of the environment they’re in, I’m attempting, through drawing, editing, and scoring, to delve beyond the physical surface. I’m interested in the possibility of discovering underlying emotional and psychological structures and how these may implicate an audience, reflecting on and celebrating our shared human experience and opening up even metaphysical dimensions. It is both what is left out, as well as what is captured, that has the potential to activate a viewer’s imagination.

As the artist and conduit, I have also often revealed my own making process, to infer a kinship between myself and those who I encounter. There’s an underlying empathetic drive, to attempt to understand and connect to the world, through looking at the people in it and the different ways we engage with, and navigate it. I'm exploring how this both enriches our sense of the world and informs us about ourselves, offering wider insights into human nature. My practice reflects on the ethical dimensions of looking, I continue to be fascinated by the boundaries between anonymity and intimacy, public and private, singular worlds and group dynamics. You can explore recent and past work at www.drydengoodwin.com

Teaching Summary

Dryden Goodwin is a Professor of Fine Art working with BA/BFA, MA/MFA and PhD students.

01-SEP-2012 Reader in Fine Art Slade School of Fine Art University College London, United Kingdom
20-SEP-2007 – 10-NOV-2012 Lecturer in Fine Art Slade School of Fine Art University College London, United Kingdom
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