Category: Exhibitions

Plastic bag and leaves

Plastic bag and leaf drawings.

Leaves and plastic bag drawings.

Oil pastel on paper on cardboard.When I see nature I like, I sometimes put it in a plastic bag and take it home. That’s a typical modern experience of nature.

This composite drawing compromises of studies of various types of leaves found in Berlin and a blue plastic bag, used to collect the leaves.The final piece of work is displayed using pieces of cardboard to hold the drawings out, away from the wall.

The leaves were created from drawings on coloured paper, which were then cutaway to reveal different coloured paper behind.

 
 
 
 

Knife rain drawings

Knife rain drawings in Berlin.

Knife rain drawings

These are drawings of 9 different knives in 6 different colours.

The knives were drawn turning to produce drawings from different angles. The drawings were cut-out on cardboard and secured to the wall to create a rain of knives, albeit made beautiful by a rainbow of colour.

 

Water bottle drawings

Berlin consumer objects @ Bartleby, Berlin

Bartleby Berlin consumer objects8th – 15th August 2014. Bartleby & co. Boppstr. 2, 10967, Berlin.

Artwork on show:

Eine flasche wasser bitte. A bottle of water, please.
Eine flasche wasser bitte. (A bottle of water, please.)
Kid gloves drawings
Kid gloves
Midas touch drawings
Midas touch

Exhibition statement

In Berlin I’ve been drawing objects with relevance to my experience of living here for the past 7 weeks.
The heat and humidity of the German summer has meant I’ve carried water with me. This is a learnt behaviour from living in London, where we’re regularly reminded to take water with us on the ‘tube’.
In Berlin I’ve made many drawings of the type of bottle I’ve carried with me; sometimes blue from the coloured plastic, at other times black and white from the bottle’s iconic shape. My German language skills are still very limited, “Eine flasche wasser, bitte” is a phrase I’ve regularly used around town.

Berlin’s Bauhaus stores are a cheap and enjoyable place to browse. For a few euros I’ve picked up items like these gloves, which are capable of expression and communication through the way the fingers are arranged. Russia and a luxurious golden pattern; what are they trying to say?

Midas touch. Oil pastel on paper on cardboard.

Midas touch

Midas touch. Oil pastel on paper on cardboard.
Midas touch. Oil pastel on paper on cardboard.

These drawings of a women’s gardening glove, were part of an exhibition at Bartleby in Berlin, Germany.

This pair of gloves were bought from a Bauhaus hardware store in Berlin.

I cut away parts of the drawings to reveal the coloured and patterned paper underneath.

This is not the first time I’ve drawn gloves.

Eine flasche wasser bitte.

Eine flasche wasser bitte. A bottle of water, please.
“Eine flasche wasser, bitte.”(“A bottle of water, please”
Oil pastel on paper on cardboard.

This was a piece of work shown at the Bartleby exhibition in Berlin, Germany.

Berlin has relatively hot summers; in London Tube passengers are advised to carry a bottle of water with them, largely due to the lack of air conditioning in London’s underground system. I continued the habit of carrying a bottle of water with me in Berlin.

This artwork is both a portrait of a constant companion in a foreign land and a familiar friend from home.

The title “Eine flasche wasser, bitte.” translates from German to English as “A bottle of water, please”. One of the few phrases I learnt while in Berlin.

The work comprises of a number of drawn studies of a plastic water bottle, cut out onto cardboard. Each drawing is then fixed to the background at varying distances, to create a feeling of depth.

More images of the work

Flickr gallery Click to see the Flickr gallery for this artwork.

Tricycle

Exhibition: “Berlin Objects” @ La Ultima Cena, Berlin.

Berlin Objects25th July – 1st August. La Ultima Cena. Urbanstrasse 101, 10967 Berlin, Germany.

This was the first of three shows in Berlin, during the summer of 2014.
Three main works were installed at La Ultima Cena, each focused on objects I’d bought since arriving in Berlin.

Artwork on show:

Nike brown paper bag
Nike brown paper bag drawings.
Tricycle drawings.
Tricycle drawings.
Rossman plastic bags
Rossman plastic bags drawings