david edward allen

David Edward Allen (b. 1977, Suffolk, UK) works with different mediums, such as painting, sound and video to explore concepts of nature, landscape and wilderness. He lives since 1999 in Berlin, Germany. His work has been shown at the Museum of Installation, London, Kunsthaus Baselland, Switzerland, and the Akira Ikeda Gallery and me Collectors room/Olbricht Foundation in Berlin.


Nicolas de Oliveira and Nicola Oxley
polite parasites
By Isabelle Moffat
Maria Buzhor
Anna-Lena Wenzel
Sensing through shadows and darkness
Interview by Helga-Marie Nordby


- pear tree -

Berlin, 2009 to present (ongoing)


Four living individual wild pear trees. Two Pyrus Pyraster and two Pyrus Betulifolia. Over a period of many years branches from both of the two different species have been and will continue to be exchanged with each other; creating two sets of intermixed pairs. Using traditional techniques the young branches are cut from one tree and grafted directly onto another, where the living tissue naturally joins together and continues growing. To compose, with gradual process a sculpture directed in form by the trees own growth, the weather, soil, climate, and most violently the grafting process itself. The four trees were about five years old when the first grafting was done in March 2010. There are now 5 or 6 different grafts on each tree, in some cases with branches having moved from the original tree to their partner and back to the original. The growth and changes of the trees are being tracked by drawings and photographs.