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On first inspection of Feliks Culpa’s debut exhibition A Year of Living Dangerously, you could be mistaken for thinking you’d stepped into an A Level art classroom, but hear me out. The space in B&D Studios is filled with drawings from floor to ceiling, no space is left unoccupied, but then that’s what a year’s work looks like.

Throughout the year of 2013, Culpa set aside a portion of his day to draw. Over 365 days, he created a series of black and white images, each of them stills derived from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. All varying sizes and styles, the collection is a mixture of charcoal and ink, devoid of any altering or perfecting. Each drawing is left unframed, mounted simply by magnets to create an abstract calendar of events across the walls.

The concept may be relatively simple and accessible, even for folks that know naff-all about art, but Culpa’s own thoughts and influences are undoubtedly complex. “It is more like an act of affiliation,” he states. “It wasn’t a straightforward case of abduction,” and it’s clear that the exhibition is more than just an homage to cinema.

A true celebration of drawing, A Year of Living Dangerously is part of a wider programme of exhibitions and events throughout Commercial Union House that poses the question: does DRAWING matter? If a visit to Culpa’s exhibition doesn’t persuade you, then nothing will.

Feliks Culpa’s exhibition is at B&D Studios, Newcastle until Tuesday 28th November.

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