Sadler’s Wells Visual Art Commission — Shezad Dawood

3 Sep 2015 – 24 Apr 2016

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R


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Towards the Centre, Once More (2014)

This is a new commission marking the launch of a partnership between Sadler's Wells and Tate. The annual commission invites selected artists to create original work for Sadler's Wells' exhibition wall in its newly refurbished building.

For our first commission, the artist Shezad Dawood has created Towards the Centre, Once More (2014) his largest textile piece to date. The artist works across a wide range of mediums, oscillating between painting, film, sculpture and installation. His practice continuously wanders between the real and the surreal, skilfully merging the two worlds into one; where time and space become fluid entities that are not confined by any anchors of history or geography.

Towards the Centre, Once More (2014) is made up of a nine-panel installation that climbs up the entire three floors of the exhibition space. This multi-layered composition, describing a number of overlapping geometric and organic shapes, is suggestive of an abstract and mystical landscape in which subtle fugitive figures are in movement around its core. While the focal theme of the work is concerned with movement and the articulation of space, the work also draws upon elements found in the set design by the artist Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) for Sir Frederick Ashton's ballet production The Wanderer, which was staged at Sadler's Wells in 1941. Sutherland's distinctive design is echoed in the rock forms and elliptical shapes, but the subdued figures are here painted in reference to contemporary dance within various layers of paint onto the vintage fabrics that form the work's support.

Come before the performance start time to see the work or look out for it during the interval.

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Sadler's Wells

Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R

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