Wasps are delighted to present 'Surreal Estate' from Tumin & Prendergast at Wasps Meadow Mill, Dundee.
Please note this exhibition has now been postponed until a later date TBC
Surreal Estate is the latest collaborative project by Tumin & Prendergast. Using the house as a metaphor for the human condition they explore and convey a shared preoccupation with all kinds of power relationships. In keeping with the surrealist tradition, Tumim & Prendergast began the Surreal Estate drawings by playing the pictorial game, Exquisite Corpse, or Consequences.
To start, each artist draws a scene in a room’s interior, folds the paper and hands it to the other to draw the next scene. Neither can see what has been drawn before so each has free rein to depict the surreal possibilities of the ‘goings on’ behind the walls.
Conversing through word and drawing, Tumim & Prendergast then develop the themes and connections which are revealed through this surreal image-making method. Sometimes humorous or scurrilous or tragic or tedious, all facets of life are experienced out of sight but cheek by jowl. Each folded drawing opens out to become a building and the series in turn becomes a street.
Matilda Tumim and Christopher Prendergast have worked in partnership as Tumim & Prendergast since graduating from Falmouth and the Royal College of Art in 1988 Moving to Stromness in Orkney in 1989, they raised a family and established a visual arts practice exhibiting regularly in contemporary art galleries across the UK.
In Orkney, the partnership also developed a significant community-based practice specialising in healthcare and education. Their large-scale artworks can be seen in public buildings on the islands such as the Balfour Hospital and the Peedie Sea Children’s Centre.
Leaving Orkney for mainland Scotland in 2015, Tumim and Prendergast are now based at the Wasps studios at Meadowmill, Dundee, working on commissions and gallery pieces.