Brian Dewan

14 Oct - 13 Nov 2011

© Brian Dewan
Rise, 2011
Ink and watercolor on paper
9 x 12 inches
(Drawing from “The Tide Waits For No Man” Film Strip)
The Tide Waits for No Man
14 October - 13 November, 2011

This exhibition features a new I-CAN-SEE Film Strip of the same name. Film Strips are a form of projected image—a sequenced slide show—originally used for public school and religious education from the 1920s through the ’70s, and tended to be dryly informative on dull subjects. The image frames are advanced by hand, frame-by-frame with an accompanying narrative. Dewan appropriates this format to create his own extraordinary tales; simultaneously informative, cautionary, deadpan, and hilarious. Dewan creates the drawings, the accompanying story and narration, as well as all music and sound effects. He approaches The Tide Waits for No Man as a literal translation of the word tide and the effects of the moon on Earth and us. He puts a whimsical face to this analogy and reminds us that we are not in control even though we may try. Also on view will be a selection of drawings from the Film Strip, all in a painted Dewanian environment.
This will be Brian Dewan’s fourth exhibition at Pierogi. His previous I-CAN-SEE Film Strips include Before the White Man Came, Deuteronomy, Grimm’s Tales, Neighbors in the Solar System, The Course of Your Research, The King of Instruments, and The Habit of Innovation, among others. Dewan is an accomplished visual artist, musician, and performer.

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