Otto Dettmer

Artist Printmaker

Crayfish in London

screen prints

Devoured
100 x 80cm
edition of 20
Devoured
100 x 80cm
edition of 20
St Pauls
110 x 70cm
edition of 20
St Pauls
110 x 70cm
edition of 20
Tunnel
100 x 80cm
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Tunnel
100 x 80cm
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The City
110 x 70cm
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The City
110 x 70cm
edition of 20
Trap
100 x 80cm
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Trap
100 x 80cm
edition of 20
Islington
100 x 80cm
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Islington
100 x 80cm
edition of 20
Gurkin
110 x 70cm
edition of 20
Gurkin
110 x 70cm
edition of 20
Window
100 x 80cm
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Window
100 x 80cm
edition of 20
Bridge
110 x 70cm
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Bridge
110 x 70cm
edition of 20
Surveillance
100 x 80cm
edition of 20
Surveillance
100 x 80cm
edition of 20

Those prints are large scale versions derived from my Artists' book 'The Return of the Crayfish'. Like the book they are all screen printed by me personally in 3 to 5 colours.

The book was conceived in 2006 and descibes the surreal progress of a monster crayfish in the City of London.


Content

The story is inspired from my experience during those years of living on a boat on the Regents' Canal, where crayfish are numerous. During the time I made regular illustrations for political comments in the Guardian as well as other international publications. The story has to be seen in the context of an anticipation of the immanent financial crash.

Although I very much see the work in a contemporary social context, I did not pursue any particular agenda. The work was purely driven by a passion for science fiction and exciting graphics.


Technique

All work for the book and the prints is original. I took the photographs, constructed the patterns and made the designs. The artwork for the screen prints was created digitally.

From a graphic point of view, the work is an exercise in combining stark photography with Islamic pattern.