Chelsea Cafe Project #23

Dennis Wilson: Passage

Hannah Rae Alton

Wednesday 26 September – Friday 11 November 2016

Dennis Wilson: Passage’ is a series of drawings about the final days and death of Beach Boy drummer Dennis Wilson. Part abstract, part illustrative, they examine an imagined internal cartography and the overlaying of two vastly different times in Wilson’s life played out in the same physical space. He drowned in the Marina Del Ray, diving to the bottom of the water to retrieve items he had thrown overboard a decade previously from his luxury yacht The Harmony. The drawings are on 16:9 (widescreen format) paper and as a starting point use stills from “Two Lane Blacktop”, a 1971 road movie starring Wilson and James Taylor heading east from California with no particular agenda.

Only four of the drawings from this series are on display, while the full body of work can be viewed here.


About the artist

Hannah Rae Alton is an artist and lecturer living and working in London. Her drawings interrogate themes of communication, cryptography, military history and radio technology, cartography and other narratives. She studied Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts, and Communication Art and Design at the Royal College of Art, where she discovered an interest in crystal radios and has been building them ever since. She is a member of the Cassiopeia collective, a five-strong group of artists dedicated to foregrounding the process of research in fine art and illustration to make it more accessible to audiences.

Cassiopeia’s next exhibition is at Guest Projects, Hackney, from 1st – 30th November.


Twitter: @CassiopeiaeKnee


About the project

The Cafe Project is a series of displays of work by students and staff from Chelsea College of Art and Design. These changing displays are a chance to see some of the talent here at Chelsea from across a diverse range of disciplines. The series is curated in collaboration with CHELSEA space (opposite) as part of the Public Programme.

For more information please contact Cherie Silver at or in person at CHELSEA space.