Exploding City

Rob Churm

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About the edition

Rob Churm's etchings depict a series of surreal scenarios in which experimental and uncanny worlds collide with the familiar. Amorphous forms float in scenes that lie somewhere between intricate doodles and pre-calculated drawings. In Exploding City the artist offers up a proliferation of semi-structural forms that seem to be frozen in a moment of simultaneous deconstruction and recomposition – leaving us to reconcile the space and architecture within our mind's eye.

"In Churm's prolific and mainly monochromatic drawings bizarre iconography, expressionistic scrawl and the crisp discipline of graphic marks are conjoined in evoking an unknown world…it is possible to make out what is occurring within the frame, even if it doesn't chime with any recognizable narrative….It is impossible to know what we are looking at, but it feels strangely good."

Lowndes, Sarah. Frieze, Issue 107, May 2007

Year 2016
Edition of 4
Media Relief print on Somerset Velvet 300gsm
Dimensions 56.5 x 76.5cm (image size 48 x 69cm)
Signature Signed, numbered and dated by artist

About Rob Churm

Rob Churm (b. 1979, Leighton Buzzard) graduated from The Glasgow School of Art in 2001.

Recent solo exhibitions include Continue Without Losing Consciousness, Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2014, The Glasgow Weekend at BQ, Berlin, 2013, Exhaustion Hook at Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow, 2011 and Ethanol Buzzgrid at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow (2009).

Group projects include: Prawn’s Pee, Glasgow International Festival, 2012 and Le Drapeau Noir, Glasgow, 2010. He undertook a residency at Cove Park, Scotland, in 2013. Rob Churm is also a musician involved in Glasgow’s independent music scene and sings and plays in the band Gummy Stumps.