Portraits of strangers captured by the artist as he has travelled through London.
In the exhibition “Cast” (2008) Dryden Goodwin presented five new series of works – Cradle, Shapeshifter, Casting, Caul and Rock. Each series featured portraits of strangers captured by the artist as he has travelled through London. The title “Cast” suggests a plurality of meanings, all of which have resonances with the work, from casting a line to casting light or shadow, from casting a film role to casting a sculpture, from casting suspicion to casting a spell.
All the works combined drawing with photography in a range of ways. As Goodwin described: “…drawing as touch is central. I find it compelling the idea of a drawn mark being a kind of contact between artist and subject, between one individual and another…drawing is a way of thinking into the photograph…an ambiguous gesture, that can suggest both tenderness and hostility…”
In the series above; “Caul”, Goodwin draws into the photograph using a digital drawing tablet, the artist presses onto its membrane-like surface with a digital stylus, the more pressure he exerts the deeper and more luminous the line he draws. A ‘Caul’ is the name given to a portion of the amniotic sac that can be left over a child’s face at birth. In some cultures, the caul has demonic associations; more usually it is considered sign that the child is safeguarded, even bestowed with special powers. The title resonates with this association, reinforcing the visceral quality of the distinctive red lines that cover the faces of the people in the work, like blood vessels or raw tissue. [Extract : ‘Cast’ Exhibition (2008)]