Artists House Drawings
The New Art Centre is delighted to announce a series of wall drawings by David Tremlett, which has been specially commissioned for the Artists' House at Roche Court. In the four corners of the beautiful, top lit, room upstairs, he has made four vertical designs, which act like 'columns' of colour, supporting the extant frieze he has also decorated. These drawings, made using pure pigment, interact with the space and give rhythm to the walls with a series of different geometric shapes; they are made on the surface of the walls and yet also look three dimensional, as if functional if not structural. And whilst the shapes follow the form of the room to create an overall sense of harmony, at the same time they create great optical effects which alter the dimensions and volumes of the existing architecture. This is most notable in the additional drawing on the ground floor, which looks like a series of steps running tangentially from the present staircase.
Tremlett's 'Artists House Drawings' comprise a sequence of volumes and colours - restricted to shades of grey, ochre and orange - and these, like all of his work, have their "roots in my travel over the years; things seen, heard and thought of, each finished work should be an endless question and never a response." In the case of the drawings at Roche Court, Tremlett was inspired by his previous trips to Vietnam, and they are the most recent in a series he has made in London and most recently at Venice at the time of this year's Biennale. In all these works, Tremlett has been concerned with creating a vocabulary of geometric shapes, with a rhythmic arrangement of points, vertices, lines and curves, to form pictograms, which can be read from left to right, or equally, as in a foreign language, from right to left. Hence the frieze he has created in the Artists' House can be seen as a line of text, each form is a structure, letter-like or geometrical in shape and with an architectural function.
David Tremlett completed his studies at the Royal College of Art before going travelling, his experience of different countries and cultures providing both the inspiration and the materials for his work. His approach at that time linked him to land artists such as Richard Long and Hamish Fulton, sharing their interest in temporally based, site-specific works and installations. Since the 1980s, Tremlett's works have comprised images drawn on the walls of museums, galleries, old churches and ruined buildings around the world, which draw upon emblematic forms and patterns discovered on his travels. He recently completed 'Drawing for Free Thinking', a monumental wall drawing for Tate Britain, inspired by constructivism it consists of broad blocks of bold colour. Tremlett has exhibited and made site-specific works internationally. He last showed at Roche Court in 2000.