Tom Spurgeon's Web site of comics news, reviews, interviews and commentary

Home > Letters to CR

Oliver East On The Forthcoming Exhibition Related To Berlin And That (PR)
posted April 18, 2010

Berlin and That
An exhibition by Oliver East
Preview Friday 30th April 6pm - 8pm
Sat 1st May -- Sat 5th June 2010
Wednesday -- Saturday 12pm -- 5pm

Contributing Artists: Scott Alexander, Gareth Brookes, Chris Butler, Stanley Chow, David Cochrane, Rachael Davies, Joe Devlin, Jenny Discombe, Malcy Duff, Nick Dunn, Clare East, Stuart Edmundson,
Dave Garner, Andrew Gannon, Guy Garvey, Annie Gibson, Pete Gilfellon, Tony Gilfellon, Andy Glynn,
Liam Guy, Andy Hargreaves, Matthew Houlding, Dean Hughes, Steve Hunt, Emma Jay, Pete Jobson,
Karen Jupp, Mia Kiuru, Stuart Kolakovic, Laurence Lane, Gavin Macdonald, David Mackintosh,
Steve Manford, Jim Medway, Miquel Navarro, Darren Newman, James O'Hara, Natalie O'Hara,
Lee Patterson, Katie Popperwell, David Price, Magnus Quaife, Maeve Rendle, Jarek Salata, Katel Sevellec, Richard Shields, Sarah Thompson, Chris Thorpe, Steven Tillotson, Daniella Watson, Graham Watson,
Jo-anne Wright, Emma Unsworth

Berlin and That is the second exhibition at The International 3 to feature the work of Manchester based artist Oliver East.

East has made the act of walking the starting point for a practice that ends as a comic book.

Berlin and That is his third book in the series Trains Are…Mint, it sees the artist walking from Berlin's Alexanderplatz to Frankfurt (Oder) on the Polish border, keeping as close to the train line as he can without trespassing. From memory the journey is then documented with each A3 page being exquisitely rendered in ink and watercolour, recording the mundane and ordinary, the beautiful and extraordinary. For this project Oliver then gave one page each to his friends, artists and non-artists, musicians and pro-drinkers alike, to alter as they please. 52 people collaborated on the book and these 52 pages (a third of the finished book) will be on show.

Each book starts with psychogeography, attempts some social commentary before the inevitable autobiographical elements creep in.

Oliver East started self publishing in 2004 with Looking For Kinder Scout, a guide book, before making his first comic in '05, The House Of Fire To Black Hill. This was distributed informally, giving them to friends for free in pubs ''and such like''. In '06 with added colour, the first publication in the Trains Are…Mint Series was born.

Berlin and That is published by Blank Slate Books and will be available form The International 3 at a special exhibition price.

For further information and images please contact Laurence Lane on 07960 038 063.

Category: Exhibitions - Contemporary Art
Title: Berlin and That
Artist: Oliver East
Dates: 1st May to 5th June
Venue: The International 3
Address: 8 Fairfield Street, Manchester M1 3GF
Telephone: 0161 237 3336
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12-5pm
Admission: Free
Accessible: Yes