He grew up in the woods, trees were climbing frames, low branches seesaws, and fallen twigs were swords. Ropes hung from many branches, stick or loops tied to the ends. They replaced siblings that were never born. The trees depicted in ‘Dendron’ are all trees he has known and felt affection for. Most grow within 500 yards from the place he was born. Some are champion trees (the highest in the county or the broadest in the country). Some are from a nearby Pinetum (a living archive of native or naturalised evergreens).
By documenting a 1:1 section of their trunk it alludes to a dendrological investigation of these trees, but all information other than their image is redacted. It leaves a disembodied texture which oscillates from micro to macro.
Unidentifiable as oak or ash, beech or sycamore, they become ‘Dendron’ 1/25, ‘Dendron’ 2/25; the first of a whole, the second of a whole. Further once purchased and separated by location. One can no longer reference them against each other and their physical differences can’t be quantified.
Angus Braithwaite studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and the Slade School of Art.
Recent solo exhibitions include: Gwisin (posted), Matt's Gallery, London (2018); You are on the Stairs/The Boo, Stoa42, Athens (2017); Trees Native or Otherwise, Palagkas, London (2014). Selected group exhibitions and performances include: Artists Billboard X Marks the bookship, Matt's Gallery, London (2016); Slip, Stadtische Gallery, Villingen-Schwenningen and Kunstverien, Buchholz/Nordheide, Germany (2015 – touring exhibition); Supernormal (performance), Braziers Park, Oxfordshire (2015); Multiplicities, Art Seen, Nicosia, Cyprus (2015); Buster Keaton and the Logic of Objects (performance), The Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick (2013); The World Turned Upside Down, Mead Gallery, Warwick (2013); The Everything and Nothing Problem, The Jerwood Space, London (2013); We Object, Aid & Abet, Cambridge (2013); The Sea Is In My Veins (performance), Whitstable Biennale, Kent (2012); Memory of a Hope, Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool (2012); FastForward>>ncl, Globe Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2011); Resonance104.4 TV, Frieze Art Fair, London (2010); Pause and Effect, Work Dalston, London (2009); Deviant Art Festival, Konsthallen, Trollhåttan, Sweden(2009,2008,2007); Kinedramatic, Chelsea College of Art, London (2007); Stick*Stamp*Fly, Gasworks, London (2007); Deviant Art Festival, Pumphuset Gallery, Trollhåttan, Sweden (2006).