Dryden Goodwin's practice incorporates drawing, often in combination with photography and live action video; he creates gallery installations, films, projects in public space, etchings, works on-line and soundtracks. Goodwin's work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, The Photographers' Gallery, London, The National Portrait Gallery, London, the Venice Biennale and the Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden. His work in collections includes The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Tate Collection, The National Portrait Gallery, London, The Arts Council Collection, UK and The Science Museum, London. Festival screenings of his first feature-length film 'Unseen: The Lives of Looking', have included, 24th Edition of Camerimage, International Film Festival, 2016, Bydgoszcz, Poland, nominated in the International Documentary Feature competition for Cinematography; CPH:DOX 2015, Copenhagen, nominated in the Dox:Award, the Documentary Feature competition; The International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2016. He is a Professor in Fine Art at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, London.
Solo exhibitions and projects include: 'Those Who Seek My Help', permanent commission for New Karolinska Hospital Stockholm, Sweden, 2019; 'Un-Earth' OCAT, Xian Museum, China, 2018; 'Seeing Hand', commissioned through Launch Pad, Shanghai, China, 2017. 'Unseen: The Lives of Looking', Queen's House, Royal Museum's Greenwich, London, accompanied by an exhibition of drawings and artefacts featured in the film, 2015; 'Skill', MIMA, Middlesbrough, 2015; 'Poised', Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 2014; 'Wander' a permanent installation of 100 steel etching plates, Cambridge, 2014; 'Breathe', commissioned by Invisible Dust, animating over 1,300 pencil drawings, projected at night, opposite the Houses of Parliament, 2012; 'Linear' commissioned by Art on the Underground, 60 pencil portraits and 60 short films, displayed as posters, on digital screens, and at exhibition sites, across the London Underground and online 2010-2012. 'Coax', Raum mit Licht, Vienna & Fotoforum West, Innsbruck, Austria, 2011; 'Cast', at the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2009 and the Photographers' Gallery, London, 2008.
Karen Smith, 'We cannot build a truly globalised art world without China' The Art Newspaper, September 1st, 2020. Image: Dryden Goodwin's Un-Earth (2018) at the OCAT Xi’an. © Dryden Goodwin
Peter Yeung, Seeing through space and time, Apollo, July 26th, 2015. Image: Still from the film 'Unseen: The Lives of Looking', Dryden Goodwin, 2015 © Dryden Goodwin
John Vidal, An artist's impression of London's air pollution problem, The Guardian, October 25th, 2012. Image: Dryden Goodwin's Breathe projection opposite the Houses of Parliament, showing every evening 6pm-12 until 28th October. Photograph: Invisible Dust