Helen Dennis
Projected Drawings
July 8th-September 2nd 2011
video: John Birdsong -

Helen's work is rooted in the built world of the urban environment. She uses architecture to develop her layered drawings, which are entwined into the photographic process and directly used as negatives to create photographic drawings.

Using the space at The LAB Gallery, Helen will push the concept of her process further. Through manipulation of the space, she will project the outside environment directly into the exhibition space, turning it into a camera obscura. From within, her drawings will unfold to engulf the space and thus, magnify the nuances of urban life. The passage of time and movement on the streets outside will be depicted as Helen's drawings grow over the duration of the project.

Helen Dennis was born in the UK and now resides in Brooklyn, NY. She studied her BA (Honors) at the University of the Creative Arts in Canterbury and achieved her MFA at Hunter College in 2005. Dennis has been awarded a fellowship from Aljira Center for Contemporary Art as well as a photographic fellowship from The International House, NYC. Dennis has attended art residencies in Beijing, Cyprus and most recently Iceland. She has participated in various exhibitions worldwide and in the US with the support of Queens Council of the Arts, Kent County Council, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, South East Arts UK and the National Lottery Arts Fund for the UK. Dennis' public art installations have been commissioned by the Downtown Alliance of New York, and NoLongerEmpty.

Camera: Canon Rebel t3i
Lenses: 50mm nikon 1.4 + 18-55 canon ISII

Shot using neutral color profile
Edited in FCP 7

Video by John Birdsong

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