David Lemm: Debris and Phenomena

Date: 16 January - 7 March 2015

Artist Talk by David Lemm: Friday 16 January 2015, 6.30-7.30pm (Free but ticketed. Book here). David presents his latest work and discusses the themes and ideas explored in the exhibition.

Preview: Friday 16 January 2015, 7.30-9pm.

Closing Event. Landmarks - Wayfinding and Mark Making Trail: Saturday 07 March 2015, 3-5pm (Free but ticketed. Book here). A participatory event inviting the audience to navigate a route through the area surrounding Edinburgh Printmakers’ current home on Union Street, to create a printed artwork.

Debris and Phenomena is the first solo exhibition by David Lemm, presenting a new body of printed works produced at Edinburgh Printmakers and whilst on an artist’s residency on Eigg.

The outcomes are a result of Lemm’s continued research and exploration of the potential for narrative to be formed and depicted using abstract and graphic aesthetics.

At the heart of this new work are themes relating to the organisation of reality, and relationships/systems created to achieve a sense of understanding or apparent order.

This new collection continues and develops Lemm’s practice of building layered compositions, printed directly on found sea charts. The notion that they are merely pieces of paper which were being thrown out, yet once were important tools for defining reality, is still a beguiling thought. At odds with the printmaking tradition of multiples, there is only ever one edition due to the uniqueness of each chart that is printed on, so the printed image effectively becomes an object.

The process in creating the work often starts with the markings on the chart, the artist responding to the data to re-imagine lines and symbols, finding pleasing patterns or connections. Lemm use’s simple graphic forms to create considered compositions depicting potential knowledge systems, offering breadcrumbs trails of narrative. These, juxtaposed with actual measurements and scientific descriptions of reality provide a playful examination of how fragile information structures are and how vulnerable our understanding of the world can be.

Based in Edinburgh, David Lemm  was born in Kirkcaldy in 1984. He grew up between the woods and the sea in the small town of Dalgety Bay in Fife, before studying at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee between 2002- 2006. He moved to Edinburgh in 2007 and since then has developed his practice in printmaking, drawing, video and installation, alongside working commercially as an illustrator and animator. He has exhibited works in group shows nationwide, whilst his video work has been screened at various international festivals in Europe and America. In 2012 he completed research project with The Onaway Trust, resulting in his first works printing on sea charts. This series proved to be the catalyst for future work and indeed the starting point for this current body of work. In 2013 he was shortlisted for the SSA/Engramme Exchange Programme and in 2014 he has undertaken various residencies - most notably a 2 week funded residency with The Bothy Project and University of Edinburgh on the Isle of Eigg.