ALEX SCHAUWECKER_ WHERE THE CITY ENDS, THE FOREST BEGINS
21st January 2018
3rd February 2018
The Japanese-Swiss artist Alex Schauwecker spent two weeks as artist in residence at the Standpoint Gallery, in London’s vibrant East End. During his residency he decorated the walls of the gallery with his drawings. Skulls, dogs and mermaids, mixed up on the walls, were all connected by a giant but thin blue wave. Where does the city end and the forest begin? This was the topic, very dear to the artist, which inspired him. Living in Zurich, but never forgetting his nature-bound origins, Alex Schauwecker was able to question what the relationship between urban space and countryside means nowadays. The opening of the exhibition was preceded by two workshops organised in collaboration with New North Press, the printing press located on the upper floor of the Standpoint Gallery. During the workshops, local young people were invited to draw their own interpretations of the relationship between city and countryside and to create short haiku poems related to the same topic, which were then printed with a movable type system printer.