Central Saint Martins MA Fine Art graduate Oliver Guy-Watkins seeks to question the real and the artifice, using methods employed in numerous industries to recreate natural phenomena. Described as post-apocalyptic, the purpose of his work is to make the viewer unsure of what has been manufactured and what previously existed, and to wonder at what stage the artist entered the environment.
Oliver Guy-Watkins graduated from Central St Martins in 2011 with a Fine Art Masters, prior to this he was a self taught artist working in London and Berlin. His multi-disciplinary work encompasses installation, film and photography.
2012 will be the fifth year that Oliver Guy-Watkins has taken part in the Art Car Boot Fair. During that time he has invited people to read a poem by Rupert Brooke in the back of a car, for his 225 part video work Postcard To Brooke; assembled a team to improve the art that people weren't 100% happy with; trained and performed as a professional wrestler; and invited people to scrawl the things they doubt over his now defunct Peugeot 106 named Lucille. At associated events, such as The London Design Festival, Guy-Watkins held a funeral procession for Lucille, stolen from the frames of Fellini; and at the Big Chill he built a cinema in the back of a lorry which he froze, screening films by emerging and established artists.
This year, he will merge his installation and sculptural practice into a performance. At his Central St Martins degree show Guy-Watkins transformed the former Charing Cross Road canteen into a frozen wasteland using wax and resin; and more recently as part the Dark Matter exhibition at Boetzelaer|Nispen he insinuated the breaking of a water pipe in the ceiling leading into a pool of ice. At The Art Car Boot Fair, Guy-Watkins use the same materials to 'freeze' a car through-out the day. The car will then be unfrozen and returned to it's rightful owner at the end of the event. Producing an installation which will last no longer than a few hours.
The Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, returns to the Old Truman Brewery for its 9th annual event on Sunday, May 27th, with a line-up of over 70 top artists and collectives, including Sir Peter Blake, Gavin Turk, Polly Morgan, Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin Studios- Emin International, Bob & Roberta Smith, Pam Hogg, Jessica Albarn, David David, Pure Evil, Turps Banana and Wildcat Will. A plethora of legendary and up-and-coming artists will offer up limited-edition and one-off pieces at the one-day fair.
Vauxhall Art Car Boot Fair, Sunday May 27th, 2012: 12 – 6 PM
Brick Lane Yard, Corner of Brick Lane and Buxton Street, London E1
Tickets available on the door - £3