Guy Sherwin’s film works, which often include serial forms and live performance, are characterised by an enduring concern with time and light as the fundamentals of cinema. In his multi-projection performances, the mechanics of film projection become an integral part of the viewing experience through manipulation of both projector and image. In this multi-work live cinema event at Chisenhale Gallery – the first such event for Sherwin in London – both new and older works were performed in the gallery’s main exhibition space in a programme that included Abrasion Loops (2007), the three screen works Bay Bridge from Embarcadero (2004/7) and Camden Road Station (2004) and the seminal Man with Mirror (1976/2008).
Sherwin studied painting at Chelsea School of Art in the 1960s before becoming closely associated with the British avant-garde film movement centred on The London Film-makers Co-operative in the 1970s. The recently published book and DVD Optical Sound Films 1971 – 2007 collects Sherwin’s ongoing work and research into one of his particular and recurrent concerns, the synaesthesic relationship between sound and image manifest in the material of film sound. These investigations take Sherwin from physical manipulation of the very material of film through to live performances utilising multiple film projectors, all of which are explicated through drawings, diagrams, video documentation as well the films themselves.
Sherwin’s films have been widely exhibited in England and internationally including, ‘Film as Film’ Hayward Gallery (1979); ‘Live in Your Head’, Whitechapel Gallery (2000); ‘Shoot Shoot Shoot’, Tate Modern (2002); ‘A Century of Artists’ Film & Video’, Tate Britain (2003/4). His work has also been shown on BBC2, Channel 4 and Arte TV, France. Solo shows include San Francisco Cinematheque, LUX, London, International Film Festival, Rotterdam and Image Forum, Tokyo. He lives in London and teaches at Middlesex University, the University of Wolverhampton.
Guy Sherwin: Live Cinema was organised by Chisenhale Gallery in collaboration with LUX