Slate 7 | 216 x 154 mm hardcover | 168 pages | Colour | ISBN 9781906653071 | £14.99
By Oliver East
Oliver 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 – a total of 52 people collaborated on the book.
“The pleasure here is not to be found in the bigger picture, but in the tiny moments and the privileged glimpses they may contain.”
– Teddy Jamieson for the Glasgow Herald
“Rather than recreate it all in my hand, which I thought would look rubbish, I decided to ask a few friends to fill in these spaces on my pages,” says Oliver. “I started with Stuart Kolakovic, a fantastic illustrator friend of mine, and it snowballed really quickly from that to getting someone to do one page each, which meant another 51 artists.”
– Sarah Walters for CityLife.co.uk
“[…] 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.”
– International 3 on the Berlin And That exhibition
Contributing Artists include: 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 and Emma Unsworth.
Published April 2010.