I was looking through the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2015 catalogue, sent to me by my new tutor. This piece caught my eye on page 21 of the catalogue.
What am I seeing?
The bottom of an old frying pan has been attached to a wall with a screw, so that the bottom is facing outwards. The base of the pan has then been adorned with an image of the moon. BY searching the net I’ve found other images of the piece which make it clear that the image has been produced by scratching the back of the pan. (Hence “Nail on found object” as the medium.) See here: https://arteverdayblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/daniel-crawshaw-moonshine-2014/ and here: http://magdalenabullivant.myblog.arts.ac.uk/2015/10/24/londonography-bermondsey-london-se1/img_5103/
The work seems humorous and interesting. The bottom of an old pan can be a complex place, especially where it is used over a period of time, with a build-up of stains. Here the artist has taken that idea and drawn out the moon for us. That is always a powerful image sitting high in the night sky, and combined with the pan in this way is fascinating.
What can I learn from this?
Combining concepts together, and choosing unusual and unexpected things to use as a basis for drawing are both important considerations. Care is needed, though, to make it not doing it just because it is a found object. Something more is required to make it truly successful.