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13 March - 3 May 2015

*Private View*
*Thursday 12 March, 17:00 - 20:00*

LGW is delighted to present* Zoetrope*, an exhibition of recent work by
Nicky Hamlyn, in collaboration with guest curator Carmen Billows.

Artist and filmmaker Nicky Hamlyn has been active in the British
experimental film scene since the mid 1970s. He is mainly known for his
precisely structured observational 16mm films and video works.
*Zoetrope* features
previously unseen works from the last decade of his rich artistic practice.

Hamlyn's concern with medium specificity and how film and video are
invariably treated as indistinct in the industrial context are important
aspects in his oeuvre. Thus almost all the works on display are presented
in their original format. Hamlyn explains that these recent video works
share formal interests with his 16mm films but are very distinctive media
in terms of their approach. Works are medium specific not only in their
making ­ for example his deliberate choice of camera for its capabilities
or limitations ­ but also in their form of presentation.

*'Although continuing to use film, I have become increasingly interested in
the possibilities of digital video, especially in terms of post production,
as a way of constructing very small loops from shot footage, whereby I can
create unstable optical effects that come alive when the viewer fixates on
a small area of the image.'* (Nicky Hamlyn)

Hamlyn briefly engaged in colour field painting in his formative years, an
influence that can still be found in his most recent film and video works.
They are studies in the changes of surface structure, materiality and
patterns of movement. Hamlyn traces brief, transitional moments in time and
space, usually part of our everyday environment, things which are about to
vanish and may have eluded our attention. By deploying mechanisms such as
time-lapse, interlaced single-frame sequences and overlapping dissolves, he
explores densities and interactions of light and shadow.

The play with light and translucence interacts with the gallery's distinct
architectural structure: its columns and large windowpanes crucial in this
strategy of juxtaposition. A see-through or inside/outside perspective is a
constant element in Hamlyn¹s body of work, and in this vein he has also
created a new site-specific 16mm piece for London Gallery West,
back-projected on to the window facing the smoker¹s corner outside.

Hamlyn's work has rarely been shown in a gallery context until now, and the
exhibition offers a selective overview of work made over the last ten
years. Located within the University, the show has a special significance
for Hamlyn, a long-standing teacher of film and fine art. By placing the
works side by side, they are entered into a dialogue, allowing an insight
into his recent work as part of an ongoing conversation with a continuity
of concerns.

*Visitor information:*
London Gallery West, The Forum, University of Westminster,
Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3TP
Northwick Park Station
Daily 9am ­ 5pm
Admission: Free
Information: 020 7911 5970

*Opening Hours*
13 March - 3 May 2015, 9am - 5pm daily

*Gallery Talk*
Tuesday 28 April 2015, 1 ­ 2pm
Nicky Hamlyn in conversation with guest curator Carmen Billows. Free
admission, open to all



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