Wednesday 19th October, 2016

Q&A with Jethro German

Jethro German explains One Tool Does It All…


Please tell us what One Tool Does It All is all about.
I’m hiring various tools from Jewson and other tool hire places, exhibiting them in the vault, and then getting them collected a few days later. It’s a convenient way of having a hassle-free sculptural show.

What did you use a starting point or inspiration?
The Jewson hire catalogue, and a desire to not have to store large-scale sculptures under my bed.

Can you describe what you hope visitors will experience or take away from it?
The excitement of looking at tools combined with the excitement of being underground.

What has been most challenging about working on your Southampton Fringe project?
Narrowing down what tools to hire. There’s loads.

What was your first exposure to art?
I’ve got no idea. I enjoyed going to Tate Modern when I was at school.

Why do think its important to nurture contemporary and visual art in regions outside of London?
There’s interesting people making art outside of London and people should look at it.

What would your advice be to aspiring artists or curators?
I don’t think I’m in a position to advise. I’d quite like someone to advise me.

What does Southampton mean to you? Do you have a favourite place or memory of the city?
I’ve only recently moved to Southampton. The common is brilliant, and there’s some great restaurants too. There’s interesting things going on art-wise normally.

Apart from your own project of course, what other Southampton Fringe event will you be looking forward to and why?
The show at the HA HA Gallery is full of great artists and the people that run it are pretty nice. Paul Vivian’s show at K6 Gallery sounds and looks like it will be a really great use of the unique space. UGO Project Space is another I’ll be interested in seeing as I’ve always wanted to exhibit work on a billboard myself.

Finally what do you think the presence of British Art Show 8 and accompanying Southampton Fringe will mean for Southampton and its cultural scene? What does it mean for you?
Hopefully it’ll get more people into contemporary art. People are down on it without even giving it a chance, so this will give people the opportunity to judge it in person. The fringe will be good for connecting local artists. For me, it means I am able to realise an idea I have been thinking about for a while.

Jethro German’s One Tool Does It All is at Lankester’s Vault, High Street, Southampton on 22nd – 23rd October, 10am – 5pm
Follow Jethro on @jethro5000