Brendan Dawes: Moments Spent with Others

Brendan Dawes: Moments Spent with Others
20th May – 25th June, 2022
Gazelli Art House
39 Dover St

GAZELL.iO is pleased to present the inaugural solo show by its represented artist Brendan Dawes. The exhibition, Moments Spent with Others, explores the beauty behind moments that may initially seem insignificant and how the concept of time and space is connected to the captivating feeling of interacting with others. His second time exhibiting with the gallery, Moments Spent with Others, is an invitation to Dawes’ personal stories wrapped in digital visualisations.

© Brendan Dawes, Everything Is Perfect

Over the recent pandemic period, as human interaction became scarce and precious, we grew accustomed to detaching ourselves from other people. Dawes embraces these moments by recreating them into datasets, algorithms, and data visualisations by incorporating memories that are personal to the artist but are also universally enjoyed.

One such memory – sitting on the edge of a building in Soho, New York, in 2001, whilst eating pizza with his friend and designer Hillman Curtis, who changed his life when Dawes moved to New York City to work for him, sets the tone for his first work. The work’s aesthetics captures the bustling colours of heavy New York traffic and other sensations Dawes experienced whilst watching life go by in this memory.

© Brendan Dawes, I’ll Take A Slice

A second work takes inspiration from Dawes’ late-night experiences of watching classic films with his father, which ignited Dawes’ passion for film – with colour profiles incorporated from films such as Chinatown (1974), All the President’s Men (1976) and Vertigo (1958) among others. The film is an essential reference point in much of Dawes’ work and has significantly influenced many of the artist’s previous projects.

Finally, the third work in the show reflects Dawes’ love for simply sitting on a park bench with his wife Lisa. Specific elements of this pastime that resonate with the artist include people-watching and taking in the sights and sounds of the surrounding area. The inspirations that shaped this work came from images taken by the couple from their favourite park bench.

Dawes draws much of his inspiration from popular culture and nature, often revolving his work around the concept of time and memory – and how these can intertwine. These analytical explorations have been an ongoing theme over Dawes’ career, as his work questions our understanding of such concepts.

©2022 Brendan Dawes, Gazelli Art House