Untranslated, the first UK solo show of mixed media artist Dan Rawlings introduces us to his latest collection of hand cut metal objects. Taking the shows title from his fascination with words that have not been translated into English, Rawlings new collection focuses on words such as Waldeinsamkeit, meaning a feeling of connectedness to nature when in woodland. He explains these ephemeral words as a return to “the importance of dreaming, to enjoy the simpler moments” that contradicts our fast paced consumer led lifestyles. Untranslated is the antidote London has been waiting for.
Untranslated takes Dan’s untranslated words and enlarges them into a shadowy immersive installation of hand cut metal artworks that throw their images onto the walls of the gallery. The soft and playful shadow of people enjoying a simpler life contradicts the found and rusted metal pieces that are carefully hand cut with a laser that grapples with the strength of the metal.
Untranslated also sees the emergence of a new style of work from Rawlings: cut antique canvases. Having been forced indoors during winter, Rawlings turned to antique canvases to continue making new work and to develop his practice. Having trawled the auction rooms of the UK, Rawlings has specifically chosen canvases that he can ‘collaborate’ with, rather than detract from their beauty.
CURIOUS DUKE GALLERY
6-28 May 2016
Curious Duke Gallery
173 Whitecross London EC1Y 8JT