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?
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.
An Exhibition of drawings by Paul Doeman.
Paul is visual artist from London, England, who has spent the past 6 weeks in Berlin drawing objects from everyday life, including bags from supermarkets and Apotheke’s and a tricycle from a Sunday flea market in an OBI carpark.
When drawing these objects Paul tries to retain some of the characteristics of the original objects, their size, colour, perhaps even some of the qualities of the materials the original items are made of. Most apparent is the three-dimensional nature of the drawings. Each drawing is cut-out. and arranged to further portray something about the original object(s).
All drawings are drawn in oil pastel, on paper and glued to cardboard.
Rossman is a popular German supermarket chain. I drew a Rossman plastic bag I acquired from shopping in one of their Berlin stores. Using oil pastel, I drew on unbleached paper and sometimes cut-out small sections of some drawings to expose coloured paper underneath. This produced a solid block of colour where needed.
The drawings were installed into the exhbition space so that they appeared to float or catch a passing breeze.