A show based around the drawings of Israeli illustrator David Podolosky has just opened at London's Pilar Corrias Gallery. For anyone who saw Ari Folman's stunning animated film, Waltz With Bashir, about fighting in the Lebanon War of 1982, they may look a touch familiar...
Sure enough it was Podolsky who provided the drawings (well, 80 per cent of the 2000 that were needed) that were brought to life by the animators, and a collection of his preliminary sketches - soldiers, dogs, mourning women, scribbled on the back of computer print-outs - are on show. As always there's no substitute for seeing a pencil drawing in the flesh (so to speak), when the looseness and expressiveness of Podolsky's line can be be more readily experienced.
The show also features work by fresh-faced draftsmen (and women) including the wonderful Charles Avery (who was featured in our Frieze Art Fair artists portfolio in the October 2008 issue), and Douglas Gordon, who manages to squeeze the Bible for a few laughs with his drawings of the plagues from the Book of Revelation.
It's Fine As Long As You Draw But Don't Film (Waltz With Bashir, 2008) is on at Pilar Corrias Gallery, 54 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8EF, until 4 July. www.pilarcorrias.com
Oh, and if you haven't seen Waltz With Bashir, it is available on DVD now. If you're still not convinced you can watch the trailer here.
Images from top: Waltz With Bashir sketches by David Polonsky and "Untitled (Atomist Smoking-Looking)" by Charles Avery, courtesy of Pilar Corrias Gallery, and "Babylon And Baal (2009)" by Douglas Gordon.