#BRICK @ THE BARBICAN
Andrea Tyrimos – Barbican Brick Painting
Over 6 days I have created two of my BRICK paintings in-situ at the iconic Barbican centre! Here’s a little visual diary and blog on BRICK and my experience painting at the Barbican…
About BRICK: I created a painting a few years ago, whilst studying at St Martins, where I explored the theme of ‘play’, my purpose being to produce a 'hidden' painting. I camouflaged the painting into the surroundings of the wall it was hung, which gave the piece an element of interactivity, as many viewers struggled to find the piece, and as a result went on a 'hunt' for it. The piece was also concerned with the notion of 'trompe l'oeil', and the hidden beauty that can be found in the unexpected.
Although excited by this concept, it was put on the back burner while I progressed in my art degree and continued to explore other subject matter. But it always remained in the back of my mind as something to re-visit and possibly expand.
Unfortunately there was a fire earlier this year in my studio, (note to self and others – remove all refective items/mirrors from windows!) and I was left without a suitable space to paint. Rather than feel sorry for myself I saw this as one of life’s opportunities and decided that this was the ideal time to begin the BRICK project!
So I’ll be using the concept behind the initial painting to expand it into an entire project; where I’ll take to the streets (and eclectic venues) of London in order to create a series of ‘hidden’ paintings. The project will marry street art and fine art in a new way, and combine playful and interactive qualities which are not normally associated with ‘paintings’.
Painting in situ at the Barbican
I was thrilled when the opportunity arose to debut my Brick project in the beautiful setting of the Barbican conservatory, to paint amongst such stunning surroundings has been an experience to say the least.
It was very easy to forget I was just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of Brick Lane, and often felt as though I had been transported to a tropical oasis. When bored with my ipod tunes (which is in desperate need of an update) I could simply listen to the sweet song of the finches who were my temporary neighbours, my brief lunch breaks were spent amongst tropical foliage, face tilted towards the glass ceiling in hope for a springtime glow. And I was pleasantly surprised on a couple of occassions when Nick and Maria (from the Nickthat.com team) came to visit, my favourite sweet n’ salty popcorn in hand, to help me get through the day - along with my giant thermos of tea of course (no matter how high the temperature rose in the ‘greenhouse-like’ space it was never too hot for tea!).
Where possible I like for there to be cheeky additions to each piece, to inject a fun, unexpected, and signature neon element. So for those who may simply pass the paintings by without a second glance, the neon finch or the tropical flower bursting through the grout in the brickwork may tickle their curiousity.
I wanted to highlight the contrast between the space and it’s exotic inhabitants – tropical palm trees and flowers of paradise lie among Brutalist architectural lines, and my ‘Barbican Birdie’ and neon flower reflect this.
I loved…: seeing the quizzical looks on people’s faces who were travelling along the curious maze-like corridors above and around me, being referred to as the ‘Barbican artist in residence’, and for the gardener to admit that in all the time he had worked there, he’d never quite noticed the vast array of colours that live within each brick.
Event: The ‘Barbican Brick’ painting will be auctioned this Saturday 18th May 2013, at the Barbican Centre for Nickthat.com’s official launch event #Food4Good. I will be finishing the painting live and all proceeds will go to Fairtrade Foundation. Please come along for a day of art, live music, good food and charity! RSVP here!
A huge thank you to Nick, whose passion inspires those around him (it has definitely inspired me!) and whose hard work will make a difference…
I hope to see you there!
To keep up to date with where I’ll be painting #BRICK next please follow @AndreaTyrimos or www.andreatyrimos.com