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Architectural Landscape exhibition at Camilla Grimaldi Gallery, London.

Architectural Landscape exhibition at Camilla Grimaldi Gallery, London.

David Franchi – Monday, 7th July 2014.

Fleur Van Dodewaard, Installation from 131 Variations, 2013 © Grimaldi Gallery, London

Fleur Van Dodewaard, Installation from 131 Variations, 2013 © Grimaldi Gallery, London

The exhibition “Architectural Landscape” is an interesting point of view these four artists about building and human construction, at Camilla Grimaldi gallery, London.

Architectural Landscape is a group exhibition featuring the work of four female artists: Heidi Specker, Clare Strand, Fleur van Dodewaard and Faye Heller.

The exhibition considers the production of images and its connections to the structural principles of modern architecture, by exploring materials and their visual appearance. Architectural Landscape exams the relationship between photography and the concept of structure, displaying a refined selection of photographs and collages that combine architecture, human presence, and vegetation to form graphically composed scenes.

Architectural Landscape brings together for the first time a selection of images from artist’s personal series: Im Garten II (Heidi Specker), Spaceland Flatland (Clare Strand), 131 Variations (Fleur van Dodewaard) and Sky Views (Faye Heller).

The series Im Garten II develops a city portrait which consists of a combination of various elements: fragments of buildings, window views and facades, as well as organic imagery. Whereas earlier works were dominantly defined by graphic patterns and surfaces, the new series displays an increasingly important role of colour and light.

Clare Strand’s work is based on the XIX century satirical novella, Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott Abbott, that tells the story of a sphere from Spaceland (a 3D world) visiting a square in Flatland (a 2D world) in the hope to introduce a new apostle to the idea of a third dimension. Strand presents here the square/cubes as a single epic piece creating a photographic work in two parts: one takes the form of a three dimensional cube, and the other is the two dimensional representation of its flattened form. Strand’s work is here playfully manipulating the two dimensionality of the photographic medium hinting at the possibility a multi-dimensional ‘nth’ world.

131 Variations is a reinterpretation of Sol Lewitt’s 122 Variations of Incomplete Open Cubes. In his quest, Lewitt discovered 122 ways of leaving the cube unfinished. Van Dodewaard set about recreating and photographing the piece seeking to produce an exact copy. In the process things went wrong and some cubes went missing, others appeared double and previously unknown variants arose. With her series van Dodewaard demonstrates that the 122 variations listed and presented by Lewitt did not represent an exhaustive spectrum of all conceivable possibilities. Accordingly, the “failure” consciously introduces moments of arbitrariness and irrationality into this process to allow for an element of coincidence.

Interested in the philosophical issues around authenticity, identity and originality, Heller appropriates images to create montages and photographs evoking a cinematic narrative. “My work implies something happening beyond; and you can see a section of it. The cut up images showing around the corner, just out of view, the building outside and a snapshot of what might be going on within.”

Here is another photographic exhibition built on juxtapositions, a remarkable style Grimaldi is keeping in organizing. Architectural Landscape presents main contrasts between big buildings and small manufacturing and little natural views.

The only weak point of this exhibition is putting together four different artists, giving not a deep knowledge of one of them but remaining of the surface. However, it worth visiting.

Architectural Landscape is at Camilla Grimaldi Gallery, until the 18th July 2014.


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