Alison Turnbull

Home Furnishings Indicator

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Year 2024
Medium Coloured pencil on paper
Dimensions 30 x 21 cm

About the work

‘Home Furnishings Indicator’ is an inking template for interior designers that I bought in New York some years ago. I placed its shapes randomly on black paper and filled them in with coloured pencil. A few of the outlines are just about identifiable, the baby grand piano for example, but others – the sofas and davenports, the TV cabinet, the lamps and stands – become abstract geometric shapes.
I wanted to do something playful and a bit different for the Drawing Biennial but as it turns out, this drawing contains elements common to much of my recent work: the use of found material to make abstract pantings and drawings, and chance and aleatory processes.
I like the way the hard coloured pencil sits on the soft, velvety black paper.

Career Highlights

Selected recent projects and exhibitions:
Public commission, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, UK (2023);
Documenta 15, Kasel, Germany (2022);
‘Rhododendron Jazz Band’, Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, UK (2022);
‘Many Minute Attentions’ (co-curated with John Stezaker), Large Glass, London, UK (2021);
‘Out of Line’, Saicoro, Tokyo, Japan (2020);
‘If Mimicry Minded’, Matt’s Gallery, London, UK (2018);
‘Psyche or, the butterfly – an expanded field guide’ – essay by Marina Warner, Más Arte Más Acción and Matt’s Gallery (2018).

← Suzanne Treister

Museum of Interplanetary Drawing

Nicola Tyson →

Lawn Dancer

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