At this years Ouseburn Open Studios @ 36 Lime Street I will be showcasing the artwork and ideas developed over the past year including the current HLF funded First World War project with young people from Hartlepool. For detailed background and current information on the project check out WorldWar1TrenchArt.
‘Depth of Field’ exhibition in the gallery space at Lime Street draws on the connections and impact photography can have on an artists practice. For this 36 Lime Street group exhibition I have referenced photographic techniques using light sensitive photographic processes such as silk screen printing. This printmaking technique has its roots in the traditions of photography and allows the artist to transfer artwork into negatives that are then reproduced as multiples. Inspired by my current HLF funded First World War project I have used historical photographs taken from the weekly published zine ‘’Illustrieter Kriegs Kurier’’ Illustrated War Mail of 1914. This was a magazine (zine) produced by the Germans in occupied Belgium in 3 languages (German, Dutch and French). These images have been transformed into silks screen prints, which in turn are used in Mail Art and posted to other Mail Artists around the world. Throughout the two days, visitors can have a go and make their own Christmas in the Trenches Mail Art post card, ready to post to a Mail Artist in Europe. The images are collaged, hand painted and reformed to present a contemporary interpretation. Inspired by Judy Sunter’s collection of Trench Art, I will also be showing objects from her private collection of Trench Art and two new Chap Books ‘Industrialised Objects’ which references a phrase by expert author of Trench Art publications, Nicholas J Saunders.
Chap Book, ‘Industrialised Objects’ self-commissioned for ‘The Encyclopedia of Everything’ brings together images and text referencing the bombardment of the Hartlepools in 1914 and the carve up of the middle east creating Iran & Iraq.
Also on show and for sale in the studio and throughout the building are a series of hand screenprinted bags illustarted with an original David Lawson photograph of 36 Lime Street, a Grade II listed John Dobson building. Priced at £3.50 each, all proceeds will be going to the ‘window fund’. There’ still time to pick up a totally unique pack of hand printed raffle tickets from Hole Editions, Nineteen ticket designs have been letterpress printed by Hole Editions, with only 100 of each design available.