8th – 15th August 2014. Bartleby & co. Boppstr. 2, 10967, Berlin.
Artwork on show:
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?
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.
This work featured in the Bartleby exhibition in Berlin.
The drawings are of a pair of gardening gloves, bought from a Berlin hardware store (Bauhaus). 3 different types of paper were used in it’s creation. One is patterned with Russian dolls (Matryoshka).
The title “Kid gloves” is a reference to the situation in Ukraine and Europe’s approach to Russia and it’s involvement in the conflict there and its annexation of Crimea.
A second pair of gloves were also studied to produce a third piece of work at the exhibition.
More images of the work
The leaf drawings are work in progress for an on-line gallery Lapieza. The plastic bag artwork is from the La Ultima Cena exhibition in Berlin, Germany.