Gareth Ernst

Festivals, Events & Exhibitions

Cat and Horse

I have been chosen to be part of a group exhibition of artists from around the world, as part of the Cat and Horse exhibition in Schoenberg Berlin in September 2019. It includes a studio space and a drawing performance.

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I have been chosen to be part of a group exhibition of artists from around the world, as part of the Cat and Horse exhibition in Schoenberg Berlin in September 2019.

It includes a studio space in Berlin to produce the final work prior to the launch of the show, a drawing performance on the opening night of September 12 2019 and the exhibition of a final large work work inspired by the drawings Don Bachardy did of me when I modeled for him at his studio in Santa Monica Los Angeles.

Christopher Isherwood was an author who wrote Berlin Stories, which was the inspiration for the movie and musical Cabaret. Don Bachardy was Christopher Isherwoods’ partner and is a practicing artist based in Los Angeles. Some of his subjects for his drawing projects have been David Hockney, Bette Davis and other famous Hollywood stars and artists.

This project is about Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy’s relationship and Isherwood’s time in and love of Berlin in the nineteen thirties. And is based on the Cat and Horse exhibition that is being in Berlin.

This project is close to me as I know Don Bachardy. I modeled for him in Chris and Don’s home and studio in Santa Monica in Los Angeles in 2001 and I’m attaching two images of some of the works he did of me. It’s a great honour to be able to create work that bears witness to their relationship as well as sharing Chris’ love of Berlin, and to create work directly inspired by Dons’ drawing practice.

I’m seeking support in raising funds for travel, accommodation, living expenses and materials for the four week project which will last the month of September 2019.

There was short notice and the budget is urgent and has to be sorted by August 30 2019.

I’m attaching the details I’ve been sent to date.

www.instinct.berlin

www.museumsportal-berlin.de

‘Gareth Ernst’s work focuses on the intimate and fleeting, on mortality, desire, surveillance, and masculinity. Like the writings of Jean Genet, Gareth Ernst’s paintings, drawings and videos are illicit love letters. They deal with the secret and the underground, touching on the pornographic and the criminal. They are rapid, urgent and complete, revealing secret Worlds parallel to our own.

His studies of the human form are uncompromising and direct. Gareth’s work disrupts the tradition of idealising the male form, and instead uses it as a vehicle for exploring the themes of power, vulnerability and innocence. He often achieves this through unorthodox pop culture inclusions and juxtapositions with medieval memento mori symbols—Darth Vader masks, leaked police surveillance videos, stuffed Pokémon dolls and even nibbling mice dress his works. For his audience, these juxtapositions are destabilising and contradictory, creating tension with the erotic charge of the subject’s exposure.’
Porsche Herbert Funke

Gareth has completed his Masters of Fine Arts degree in at the National Art School in Sydney Australia.

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Artists Website
http://www.garethernst.com