Documentation of 'Linear' by Dryden Goodwin, a project commissioned by Art on the Underground in London. The project runs from 5th February 2010 to 5th of February 2011. Documentation exploring the various elements of the multimedia project.
Presented on posters, leaflets, on lightboxes, digital screens and at special exhibition sites across the London Underground network Goodwin has drawn 60 pencil portraits of Jubilee Line staff at work, or at moments of pause in their day, and has created 60 films recording the drawings being made. The films can be viewed online, offering the opportunity to unlock the creation of each portrait. Each drawing concentrates on a person’s face and head. The films show the accelerated progression of these drawings, accompanied by fragments of the conversation between the artist and ‘sitter’, revealing a multitude of personal exchanges and stories. Drawn in many different situations and locations such as a train operator as she drives a train, a track controller in a signalling tower, the director of the line as he manages a crisis, different staff in ticket offices and working on gates. Together they form an intimate and diverse social portrait of this community of workers, both a physical and emotional mapping of the Underground.
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