“Much of my work is about the small, seemingly mundane things and the importance of these moments, especially those spent in the company of others. The lockdown period taught us many things, one of which was how we crave human contact and connection. With that in mind, I’ve created three pieces that celebrate these moments – physical and digital manifestations of the beauty of these fleeting moments.”
– Brendan Dawes
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. 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.
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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 partner 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.
About the Artist
Brendan Dawes is a UK based artist using generative processes involving data, machine learning and algorithms to create interactive installations, electronic objects, online experiences, data visualisations, motion graphics and imagery for screen and print. A Lumen Prize winner and Aesthetica Art Prize alumni, his work is featured in the permanent collection of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, has been 3D printed on the International Space Station, and has been recognised by awards bodies including Fast Company Innovation Design, Information is Beautiful and D&AD.
Dawes’ work was first exhibited in the GAZELL.iO Project Space, Mayfair, in May 2021 – as part of the group NFT show .ext with Claudia Hart and Tupac Martir. The sold-out series titled The Collectors (2021) consisted of three architectural 3D printed sculptures alongside three screens showing the corresponding NFT works. Each piece was inspired by Dawes’ top three NFT collectors: Paris Hilton, Whaleshark, and Vignesh Sundaresan.
About Gazelli Art House
Founded in 2010 by Mila Askarova, the Gazelli Art House in London brings a fresh perspective to Mayfair – through championing artists from all corners of the globe. Focusing on artists at the height of their practice, the gallery showcases their work through a diverse programme of exhibitions and events. Along with its sister site in Baku, Gazelli Art House specialises in promoting art from Azerbaijan and its neighbours to introduce a greater understanding of the rich linguistic, religious and historical ties that connect these areas to international audiences. In 2015, the gallery further expanded to support artists working in digital art through its online platform, GAZELL.iO.