As part of Free Range 2007, Londonist will be catching up with a different artist each week of the exhibition. Opening week gets of to a flying start with Alex Brown from Goldsmiths university.
What can people expect from your art work?
The 'rural idyll' and 'urban sprawl' present extremes in which people, like the swallows in my work, migrate. Many people perform this migration daily, travelling great distances to work in the urban, and live in the rural - particularly when it comes to working in London.
My work is about taking the effectual virtues of the countryside, and seeing how design could encourage them in the urban environment. Virtues such as close knit communities (often maintained by window twitching) which allow the country to exist within the urban space.
The work pictured features industrial fire safety glass as a method for creating decoration within the urban space. In this case, the image of swallows is used to highlight the theme of migration.
What do you think of art in London?
In studying a creative subject, I feel its absolutely essential to be in London, there are so many amazing exhibitions going on throughout the city, not least Free Range, so there's no shortage of inspiration. Everything is on your doorstep so it's really exciting.
You can check out the other Goldsmiths students and Alex Brown's work at the Free Range exhibition 'Goldsmiths Design 2007 [annotations]' at the Boiler House on Brick Lane until Monday 4th June. The exhibition covers design and eco-design students.
Free Range is at the Old Truman Brewery from May 31st until 23rd July. Opening Nights: Thursdays 6pm-10pm & Show Days: Fridays to Mondays 10am-7pm. Nearest tube: Aldgate East.