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291 Gallery
an audio-visual work by Ian Breakwell

291 Gallery presents:


an audio-visual work by Ian Breakwell

For one night only Tuesday 18th March 2003 7pm-midnight

On a large rectangular wall screen, sited where the main church altar previously was, is projected a 72 minute audio-visual digitally animated DVD which plays repeatedly throughout the evening with synchronised sound from stereo speakers. The intense saturated blue of the projection screen is the only light source in the blacked-out space.

The projection visuals consist of two static images digitally animated:

A vertical format blue-toned image derived from an actual X-ray of a woman who had swallowed a crucifix; a literal absorption of the physical embodiment of Christ instead of the abstracted sacramental symbol.

A similarly blue-toned, horizontal format image of the words DEEP FAITH in a typeface based on the Book of Common Prayer

The two images dissolve throughout 40 seconds, slowly and repeatedly, thus forming for part of each dissolve a cruciform configuration.

The accompanying music, by Messiaen, plays continuously throughout the 72 minutes of the projection without repeating. Slow paced and seamless with an hypnotic, trance-like quality, it is played by Keith Wright on the organ of Durham Cathedral, recorded live in the organ loft.

DEEP FAITH is an atmospherically ambient work which can be entered at any point & contemplatively experienced for an indefinite duration.

Ian Breakwell exhibits regularly at Anthony Reynolds Gallery, London. His artworks in many different media are in public collections including the Tate, where his Walking Man Diary was featured in the exhibition Self Evident from October 2002 - January 2003. Ian Breakwell¹s previous site-specific video and film installation The Other Side ran for ten weeks at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea to great public and critical acclaim in Spring 2002. A major innovator in a wide range of media for over thirty years, Ian Breakwell¹s continually challenging work remains highly influential on new generations of artists in the UK. He will be having a solo exhibition at Anthony Reynolds Gallery from 4th June 2003, including both new and early work.

free entry

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Transportation: Nearest underground stations are Liverpool St, Old Street and Bethnal Green. Buses - 55 from Old Street and 48 or 26 from Liverpool Street (alight at the former Queen Elizabeth Children¹s Hospital with a short walk westwards).
Nearest tube Liverpool Street, Bethnal Green, buses 55 from Old Street, 48 & 26 from Liverpool Street.

291 Gallery
Director: Edwina Orr
291 Hackney Road, London E2 8NA
T:020 7613 5676 F:020 7613 5692




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