Sometimes we have to go backwards to move forwards. This group of artists, exhibiting at our The Other Art Fair London, embrace this philosophy wholeheartedly. They see their creations as architectural wonders, meticulously constructing their work only to tear it down, repurpose, and rebuild into something entirely new. Let’s just call it the art of constructive deconstruction.
Above: Angus Vasili
Inspired by the raw beauty of urban decay, particularly posters and billboards, Angus Vasili’s work is a testament to the transformative power of destruction. By tearing things apart, Vasili transcends the boundaries of print, inviting accidents to shape his process. In this controlled chaos, the subconscious takes the reins, driving his art to new, unexplored heights.
Above: Oliver Pavic, Reflection 23
Oliver Pavic, a self-taught artist with an architectural background, makes work that mirrors the Francis Bacon approach, deconstructing and recomposing figures in an intricate dance with his materials. Pavic revives his subjects, infusing them with distress, stripping them to their essence. This relentless dialogue with his medium breathes life into new forms, a testament to the power of construction through deconstruction.
Above: James D Wilson & James D Wilson, Mynydd I
James D Wilson
Based in South East London, James D Wilson wears multiple hats as an artist and designer. His work, predominantly in paint and wooden relief, is a nod to the layered complexity of memory. Wilson’s process starts with reconstructing moments in time, using fragmentary visual cues that define environments stored in his mind. Balancing on the cusp of abstraction and figuration, he combines graphical forms with the language of landscapes, both natural and architectural.
Above: Katie Mawson
Katie Mawson’s artistic journey from textile designer to book cover alchemist is a testament to the transformative power of materials. Her latest works are born from the marriage of old book covers and her creative vision. These timeworn canvases, once discarded and soon to be destroyed, now find new life in her hands. Through slicing, shredding, and ripping, Mawson unveils hidden narratives within their fading hues and scars. This transformation is a vivid example of the beauty in deconstruction.
Above: Leslie Gerry, Waiting for the Boss
Leslie Gerry’s fascination lies in the tapestry of urban life and architecture. He immerses himself in unfamiliar places, capturing their essence through sketches and reference photos. Back in his studio, Gerry employs a unique digital collage technique. Using flat areas of color, he assembles layers to create a vibrant, dynamic cityscape. This process of construction and deconstruction mirrors the very architecture that inspires him.
Above: George Antoni, Untitled 608
George Antoni’s mixed media creations are a symphony of household emulsion, acrylic pigments, ink, and wood dye. Each piece undergoes a series of degradation and construction, a process as unique as a fingerprint. “I’m fascinated by the way we find beauty in deterioration” he explains.
In their shared pursuit of destruction and reconstruction, these artists see their work as living entities, born from the ashes of what once was. As architects and designers of abstraction, they invite us to witness the beauty that emerges when we dare to dismantle and rebuild. Shop their work from 12 – 15 October, at the Truman Brewery, Shoreditch.