Concentrating on the hidden energy and contemporary relevance found amongst the decay and dereliction of once mighty icons of style, design and reverence, John Drennan’s work applies to objects and locations at the end of their ‘first life’, exposing the stories of their former lives, and contributing to their on-going validity and relevance to the visual dialogue of today.
Often drawn to objects of stone, metal and glass, Drennan explores the textures they contain, the energy they possess and the way they reflect upon themselves and their surroundings. Drennan realises how objects move into their ‘second life’ of renewed visual and emotional resonance, presenting a fresh perspective and interpretation, without basking in mere nostalgia.
Through his photographic journey, Drennan has discovered that ‘the story’ can be contained in the smallest detail of the largest object, and his work has been described as ‘a refreshing antidote to the rampant charge of disposable consumerism’.
2012 – F20-12 Group Exhibition, Strand Gallery, London WC2
2011 – Group Exhibition, Strand Gallery, London WC2
2010 – Group Exhibition, Coningsby Gallery, London W1T