Renowned Contemporary Artist's "Doodles" Adorn Student Union

Prominent contemporary artist Jon Burgerman's creations have been displayed alongside the likes of Banksy, Damien Hirst and Vivienne Westwood.

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Jon Burgerman's work in the Students' Union
I thought about funny stuff that might inspire and confuse the students.

Jon Burgerman

Prominent contemporary artist Jon Burgerman's creations have been displayed alongside the likes of Banksy, Damien Hirst and Vivienne Westwood.

The Nottingham Trent University Fine Art graduate has been commissioned in the past to create the Inkstrumental phone app combining art and music, to have his art on Nike trainers, Sony video games and Pepsi cans – bringing his art into reach of millions of people across the globe.

Now, students at his former university are able to enjoy his doodling every day because he has created giant pieces of artwork for the new Students' Union building on the City site.

Burgerman, who lived in Nottingham before moving to New York, said: "I thought about funny stuff that might inspire and confuse the students. I also wanted to eat up as much wall space as possible."

He has created several pieces in the Student Union. The most dominant graces the glass window which looks into the three-storey climbing wall. True to his aim, Burgerman has ensured the character's image from feet to the top of his hat takes up the full 30ft height of the wall.

Another character peers inquisitively over the balcony into the café below while a third, alligator-faced form is accompanied by the words 'all you see is all there is'.

Nottingham Trent University commissioned Jon to create the art as part of its celebrations of 170 years of art and design heritage and it makes up part of the Since 1843: In the Making exhibition which is showing the work of more than 100 notable alumni from a wide range of art and design disciplines.

Terry Shave, academic team leader, Visual Arts at Nottingham Trent University, said: "We have always produced such a diverse range of highly talented students from the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University.

"It's a real pleasure to commission and showcase the work of those who have gone on to international recognition for their work such as Jon Burgerman. His quirky work is instantly recognisable and stands out wherever it is situated. He's a 'larger than life' example of the independent thinking, creatively progressive individuals we help on their way to professional success."
Jo Southwell-Sander , president of Nottingham Trent Students' Union, said: "The work provides an interesting addition to an exciting building."

The work makes up part of the ongoing Since 1843: In the Making exhibition which was opened with the help of Damon Albarn on 8 January . The exhibition continues until 7 February and showcases the work of artists such as Lucy Orta, Turner Prize winner Simon Starling, fashion designer and All Saints founder Stuart Trevor, award-winning filmmaker Jeanie Finlay with whom Jon Burgerman has collaborated in the past, and more.

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Renowned Contemporary Artist's "Doodles" Adorn Student Union

Published on 3 February 2014
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