Flea Folly: ‘Grimm City’ & Dan Walwin: ‘op’

  • 13th Nov – 6th Dec
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery

This exhibition is the first of an occasional series where the ‘two person’ format is utilised to establish the gallery as a space of engagement between artists and architects. Here Flea Folly’s miniature cityscape “Grimm City” is shown alongside Dan Walwin’s video work ‘op’

2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the first publication of the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. To celebrate this occasion FleaFollyArchitects, over the space of 5 weeks, ran a summer atelier on the outskirts of the Black Forest in Germany. As a group of young architects and designers they began to plan and build the ‘Grimm City’ a miniature Cityscape based on the imaginations of the Brothers Grimm.

Grimm City is a spatial extrapolation of the Fairytales by the Brothers Grimm. An architectural satire, which foretells a future state run by creatures with Grimm-esque attributes of gluttony and greed taken perversely out of context.

Whilst being lampoonist and satirical this architectural fairytale draws uncanny parallels with what many believe is the way cities are run today. Corrupt politicians, fraudulent banks, gluttonous churches and a great GDP are common in both the Grimm City and our own cities.

Dan Walwin studied BA Fine Art in Goldsmiths College, London, and graduated in 2007. From 2012 to 2013 he was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam. Dan Walwin has participated in many group and solo exhibitions and in the past few years he has been the recipient of several grants and awards.

“Op”  (2013) is an HD video of 6’47” length, looped and back projected onto an installed screen.

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  • Flea Folly / Dan Walwin: Exhibitors’ Talk

    • 13th Nov 2014
    • 6:30 - 8:00pm
    • Stephen Lawrence Gallery
    HD video, 6’47”, silent, rear projection on fabric screen

    The exhibitors will talk about their practice and about the work they have on display in the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. This talk is organised as part of the Hawksmoor Lecture Series.