On November 9, 2019 Berlin will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall “30 Jahre Mauerfall”. We are pleased to present Trevor Smith’s debut exhibition in Berlin: Behind the Curtains (Hinter den Vorhängen) which pays homage to the everyday common objects in use in the second half of the 20th century, particularly the years of a divided Germany between the late 1940s and 1990.
“Inspired by the collections of the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik) Museum in Berlin which documents life in the former East Germany, the crochet sculptures are an interpretation of the common, the domestic and the everyday.
The sculptures evoke nostalgia, memories, a sense of connection, and often a response to the humour in the work. This exhibition builds on a previous grouping shown at Michael Reid Sydney in 2017 when I created the appliances and household objects of my childhood, growing up in rural Australia in the 1960s and 1970s.
My work is an ongoing exploration of pushing the boundaries in construction and design with crochet as the primary medium, plus a few support materials – foam rubber, polystyrene, foamcor, wadding and wire.” – Trevor Smith, 2019