June 22, 2009 - Cabinet - Conrad Shawcross: “Pre-Retroscope Vi—Gowanus Journey”
June 22, 2009

Conrad Shawcross: “Pre-Retroscope Vi—Gowanus Journey”

Photo: Poppy de Villeneuve


June 20 – July 10, 2009

300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn, NY
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 12-6 pm
Opening reception: Saturday, June 20, 6-8 pm
Artist talk: Saturday, June 20, 5-6 pm


Cabinet is pleased to present “Pre-Retroscope VI—Gowanus Journey,” a solo exhibition by British artist Conrad Shawcross. Documenting an expedition undertaken this spring along the length of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal using a specially adapted rowboat, the exhibition—a compelling fusion of urban performance, exploration, and the processes of scientific discovery—will include video taken on Shawcross’s voyage, as well as drawings, photos, and the vessel itself.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Pre-Retroscope VI, a hand-built boat carrying a special device for capturing 360-degree panoramic videos on bodies of water. During voyages, a motor-driven platform holds a camera that takes in the full view of its surroundings as it slowly moves around a circular track mounted to the top of the small craft. Reconfigured in the gallery to accommodate a projector, this same revolving apparatus then “re-tells” the voyage by projecting the resulting footage on a small screen that moves in synchronization with the platform. The form of Pre-Retroscope VI’s transmission—evoking the rotation of a lighthouse beacon—suggests the impossibility of a comprehensive understanding of our surroundings.

The most recent in a series of expeditions that began with a trip last summer on the River Lea in London, “Pre-Retroscope VI—Gowanus Journey” represents the first of Shawcross’s explorations of New York City’s little-known inland canal systems.

About the Artist
Conrad Shawcross is renowned for his ambitious works that engage such disciplines as physics and metaphysics, biology, geometry, philosophy, and cosmology. Born in 1977, Shawcross lives and works in London. He has had solo exhibitions at Jenaer Kunstverein, Germany (2008); the New Art Gallery, Walsall, the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool (2005); and the National Maritime Museum (2004). His work has also been exhibited internationally at institutions including Musée d’art Contemporain, Lyon (2008); Art Basel 39 (2008); La Chapelle de L’Ecole National Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (2008); the Saatchi Gallery (2004); and Manifesta 5, San Sebastian, Spain (2004). Represented by the Victoria Miro Gallery in London, Shawcross has been in residency at Location One in New York since September 2008. He will have a solo exhibition at New York’s PaceWildenstein Gallery in the spring of 2010.

About Cabinet
Featuring exhibitions of both contemporary art and historical materials, as well as an eclectic schedule of talks, screenings, and events, Cabinet’s space was inaugurated in the fall of 2008 to extend the magazine’s engagement with art and culture into the public realm. Located at 300 Nevins Street in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, Cabinet is open Tuesday to Saturday 12-6 pm and by appointment.

For information, contact Cabinet at 718 222 8434 or via email at press@cabinetmagazine.org.

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