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Karl Nawrot: Mind Walk #I
19 April – 18 May 2013
Preview Friday 19 April, 6–8pm
Karl Nawrot, Untitled, 2013
An array of images reveal Karl Nawrot’s aesthetic sensibility as a curious union of the macabre and the childlike. This exhibition gives an overview of Nawrot's practice through a dense presentation of crude monochrome prints.
The exhibition includes representations of various simple models. In some cases these exist as works in themselves: for example, an architectural structure derived from Le Corbusier's Dom-ino House, in which the minimal staircase is replaced by a cave.
Other images show models made as tools: primitive stencils and other devices used in the production of drawings or typefaces. Graphics made with these tools are displayed in various stages of completion.
The display reveals narrative paths through the material, presenting Nawrot’s work as an expanded comic. The exhibition's title suggests both the introspective, oblique nature of this work, and a more literal, comically dark meaning.
Visitors to the gallery will be familiar with Nawrot's work as a series of his drawings, produced under the pseudonym Walter Warton, are a key component of Eastside Projects' Manual Draft 5, available to download here.
Karl Nawrot AKA. Walter Warton (b. 1976, Villeurbanne. Lives and works in Seoul)
Artist and designer based, participated in MA residency programme at the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, taught at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and is now teaching at the University of Seoul. Recent exhibitions include 'Things to do' Museum für gestaltung, Zurich, Switzerland (2012); and 'It’s graphic Now! the words of future' pitti immagine, Florence, Italy (2012); and 'Kunstkammer' 12mail Gallery, Paris, France (2011). Recent publications include 'Incomplete Discography' Horizon Pages (2011); Versus Magazine (2011); Étapes #195 (2011); Forms of practice, Idea Magazine #340 (2010); Construire par le vide, Étapes #117 (2010); Type Archive Issue, Graphic #16 (2010); and Regular Graphic Design Today, Die Gestalten Verlag (2009).