The show Projected Drawings, will unite the notions and essence of photography into a single large scale installation, filling the entire space of The LAB Gallery.
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Dennis will be hand drawing a mirrored reflection of the intersection of 47th and Lexington Avenue, creating a distilled inversion of the urban environment onto the gallery wall.
Helen Dennis’s process typically uses urban architectural photographs projected onto tracing paper to guide the hand drawn sketches of her subjects. In then laying the ink on tracing paper drawings down on top of photographic paper and exposing it to the light, she creates a negative positive line image of her original photograph.
For Projected Drawings the end result will remain the same with a white on black linear distillation of an urban landscape, but the process will be approached from the opposite angle, using light reflective pens on a solid black surface. The lines will no longer be a bi-product as they are in Helen’s typical process, but will become the primary source of the image.
Exhibiting concurrently in the Lobby of The Roger Smith Hotel is also a series of New York-based works by Dennis.
Helen Dennis is originally from the UK and now resides in Brooklyn. Her public art installations include projects with the Downtown Alliance of New York, and NoLongerEmpty. In 2007 Dennis was a Creative Capital Strategic Planning Fellow in the Emerge 9 program at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art. Dennis has participated in various exhibitions worldwide and in the US with the support of the Queens Museum, Queens Council of the Arts, QMAD, Kent County Council, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, and South East Arts UK. She has participated in international art residencies with organizations in Beijing, Cyprus and Iceland. Dennis earned her BA (Honors) at the University for the Creative Arts in the UK and received her MFA degree from Hunter College in 2005. http://helendennis.wordpress.com/
The LAB (for installation + performance art) is a New York based, converted storefront turned fishbowl producing 20+ fast paced performance art and installation exhibitions annually. Aimed at the furious midtown foot traffic, The LAB’s programming is designed to confront modern relationships between art and audience and seeks to force an interaction between the high energy, “outrospective” exhibitions it produces and the nearly 25,000 daily passersby. The LAB is located on the North East corner of 47th and Lex and is a Roger Smith Collaboration. www.thelabgallery.com
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