Benedict Drew

The Trickle-Down Syndrome

  • Whitechapel Gallery, Benedict Drew, Production image for The Trickle-Down Syndrome 2017 (detail)

    Benedict Drew, Production image for The Trickle-Down Syndrome (detail), 2017. Drawing. Copyright Benedict Drew, courtesy of the Artist and Matt’s Gallery London

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    Benedict Drew, Installation view at the Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: John Phillips

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    Benedict Drew, Installation view at the Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: John Phillips

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    Benedict Drew, Installation view at the Whitechapel Gallery. Photo: John Phillips

Past Exhibition

This exhibition was on 7 Jun – 10 Sep 2017

Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome

7 June – 10 September 2017

“Prepare for 5 rooms that will take visitors on a sensory journey”
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Benedict Drew (b.1977) works across video, sculpture and music, creating large-scale multimedia installations which comment on the effects of socio-political and environmental issues. The artist’s most ambitious public presentation in the UK is on show at the Whitechapel Gallery this summer.

The Trickle-Down Syndrome is a new work comprising five connected yet distinct spaces which draw on wide-ranging references, from Hollywood director Busby Berkley’s 1930s stage-sets to the Surrealist landscapes of Max Ernst, continuing the artist’s exploration into materiality, where the physical and digital meet.

Through a dizzying array of vividly coloured screens, experimental compositions, large-scale banners, a tiered stage and an accompanying audio narrative, these works come together to take visitors on an emotional and sensory journey through the exhibition.

The title refers to a 1980s economic term used to describe the belief that benefits for the wealthy will eventually trickle down to the rest of society. Drew imagines its effects by using hand-drawn motifs, sculptures and kaleidoscopic projections.


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Art Night 2017

Sat 1 Jul | Free entry

As part of Art Night 2017, artist Benedict Drew collaborates with a big band on a durational performance with video and live music.

Production image for The Trickle-Down Syndrome by Benedict Drew

Talk: Benedict Drew

Thu 10 Aug, 7pm | £9.50/7.50

Combining music and discussion, this event reflects on ideas around culture, reality and illusion, featuring the artist in conversation with writer Jonathan P. Watts.

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