through 8 Jan 2011
Hales Gallery is pleased to announce Adam Dant's second solo show at the gallery, Dant on Drink: Drawings about Drinking in Britain. Dant makes lavish and richly layered drawings which take the viewer on an inventive and imaginative visual journey. His subjects are always meticulously researched and the resulting works take many forms including maps, charts and visual allegories. The elaborate scenes he depicts are often located in recognisable spaces, places and institutions. In four large narrative tableaux, Dant depicts the politics, language, history and environment of the nation's very particular relationship with 'the bottle', exploring the way in which the news media use representations of contemporary 'Binge Drinking Britain' as a convenient vessel to be filled with the wider themes of social improvement and change, political progress and the general health of the nation.