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David Bethell: Fleeting Flights

A man opens the front door of his shack in a woodland clearing. He puts his face to the opening and looks around. He closes the door. Littering the ground outside is a collection of contraptions made from timber. Poking through the top of the shack is a wooden balloon…

Fleeting Flights is a new solo exhibition by British artist David Bethell, following the story of a man’s struggle to escape from his own self-induced purgatory. Taking place in an isolated woodland, the story follows the protagonist’s futile attempts to escape his ramshackle shack via a wooden balloon.

The exhibition features David Bethell’s debut short film for the first time, co-commissioned by Mark Devereux Projects and HOME Artist Film. As part of this solo gallery presentation, Fleeting Flights includes the many elaborate wooden contraptions designed and built by the artist.

Fleeting Flights is the culmination of an eight-month project (Re-sight), in which the artist undertook intensive artist professional development mentoring with Mark Devereux Projects and external mentors. The final work marks Bethell’s first foray into incorporating short film within his sculptural and performative practice. Re-sight and Fleeting Flights has been supported by Arts Council England and HOME.

Curated by Mark Devereux Projects and Bren O’Callaghan

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