Outside In: Bethlem films

These two films were created to accompany Outside In: Bethlem 2015. An exhibition showcasing two refined yet differing perspectives on geometric form by artists Daniel and Rodney, selected for the exhibition by Simon Martin, Artistic Director at Pallant House Gallery.

Daniel’s Metatron works form a series of drawings that all use geometric shapes, lines and vivid colour. With a tightly developed methodology for constructing structures and composing forms, Daniel has created a strong visual identity for his work. “It takes me a couple of months to do one piece, as I do it bit by bit in my own time and space,” Daniel says. “You can always find a face in my drawings that for me represents Archangel Metatron, accompanied by the third eye.”

Similar in their use of geometric forms to Daniel’s pieces, the beautifully precise and simple forms of Rodney’s work come from his studies of the world around him and include people, interiors, guns, stereos, boxes and locks. His sophisticated process of distilling complex forms down to something more refined and elegant is carried out quietly and without any formal training. “Rodney’s drawings have a powerful simplicity,” says Simon. “He seems to distil the physical world down to the simplest scaffold of linear forms.”

Both films were created by Josip Lizatovic from Bethlem Gallery and the music on each piece was created by Ed Enayat

This first film is about the artist Daniel, who speaks about his creative process and what inspires him.

This second film is about Rodney and shows him creating his artwork in his room, along with him using his table as a piece of artwork in its own right.