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David Ward: Rink - P3 Gallery

Exhibition preview

RINK, a new work by David Ward, commissioned by Ambika, will be on display at P3 from November 4 to November 22, 2009.

Artist David Ward will transform the floor of London’s vast underground P3 gallery into a huge light drawing. Linear drawings from sources including ice skating will be digitally projected from the high ceiling of P3 on to the expansive floor.

Viewers will see the constantly changing work unfolding from the mezzanines in the space and can also take to the floor, walking amongst the lines, arcs and spirals which move and layer over the surface like the paths of skaters or stars.

Ward has long been interested by the way in which ice skaters ‘draw in space’. As he says: “I think skaters draw on the horizontal plane of ice, engraving the surface and always leaving the drawing behind them.”

Showing alongside will be some of Ward’s earlier work relating to skating, including by contrast the tiny Memento based on a postcard he received in 1972 of Henry Raeburn’s well-loved painting The Reverend Robert Walker Skating on Duddingston Loch.

Born in Wolverhampton in 1951, and initially a painter, David Ward now works in a range of media including painting, photography, light and performance and he has worked extensively with choreographers and architects. He has exhibited widely in the UK, across Europe and in the USA. He was Visiting Artist at Harvard University and Artist in Residence at King’s College Cambridge.

His works in relation to architecture and performance include Chorus, Royal Festival Hall; Weight and Measure, Sir John Soane’s Museum; Bird Song, with Siobhan Davies Dance, Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House; and he exhibited in Filmperformance at Modern Art Oxford.

In 2007, his exhibition Orinoco with Richard Deacon, was held at the New Art Centre, Wiltshire; and his most recent solo exhibition, Slow Time, was shown at the John Hansard Gallery, Southampton and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge in 2008-9.

Admission: Free.

Times: Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

P3, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LS (entrance via gate opposite Baker Street tube).