April 22nd is the sixth of an ongoing series of monumental drawings, started four years ago, depicting in word and image, the visualized diary entries of a fictional ‘Grand Tourist’ and flâneur, Albert Sitzfleisch.
Rather than a candid portrait of contemporary Europe, the drawings present a collage of observation, social commentary and concoction, following some of the strategies employed by literary fiction.
Executed in marker pens and acrylic paint on floor vinyl, the series re-imagines the idea of the ‘Grand Tour’, replacing the traditional itinerary with a hybridized topography of Europe, drawing on the ideological remnants of both recent histories and the everyday.
Stephen Brandes, born Wolverhampton, UK, 1966 moved to Ireland in 1993. He now lives and works in Co Cork. In 2005, Brandes co-represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale and has continued to exhibit both nationally and internationally. Brandes’ solo exhibitions include Ways os Scape , Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin, 2004; Klutz Paradiso, RHA Gallery, Dublin, 2006 and Tumbleweed, Rubicon Gallery, Dublin in 2010. Group shows include Cross the Line, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany, 2006; Girl Power and Boyhood, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark, 2006; Twenty, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 2011; Last, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 2012. Brandes is currently working towards a major project for the Norfolk & Norwich Arts Festival in 2014 and is represented by Rubicon Gallery, Dublin.