Dashiell Manley
The Great Train Robbery Scene Three

LA><ART Handbook


On view at LA><ART from May 4–June 22, 2013, the exhibition The Great Train Robbery (Scene 3 version A) saw Dashiell Manley connect early cinema to contemporary art with a suite of two-sided paintings presented as a sole work of art. Bypassing any notion of the discrete art object, Manley assembles various “takes” on the film “The Great Train Robbery” as large canvases copied by hand. Training his brush to reproduce his own paintings resembles the many takes that make a film scene. Manley's process also resembles the structure of cinema itself, which is always a blend of technical prowess and the somewhat arbitrary application of craft.

The exhibition catalog takes the unique form of an accordion book designed by the artist. Reproductions of the installations include texts by art critic Jan Tumlir and scholar Barry Sanders. Readers interested in this promising young painter will gain new insight into Manley’s work through this intricately crafted limited edition Orihon stylebook.