Last night saw the opening of The Wisdom of Escape, an exhibition which explores illusory and imaginative scenes of the future, history and architecture.
Encouraging a fresh look at digital and analogue collage techniques, these three artists create complex compositions- hybrids inspired by architecture, society and the cinematic image. These haunting environments are recognisable but also often unsettling and uncanny, each artist allowing the transformation of ideas into an intriguing, fluid environment, a tightrope walk that strangely comments on our world today.
Suzanne Moxhay, Sirocco, 2007
Barbara Nati, No farewell only endless goodbye, 2012
Barbara Nati focuses on depicting a post catastrophic realm of unfamiliar landscapes. The Pangea ship anchors a confined habitat of sky scrapers within the harbour of a modern metropolis; a striking cloudy monochrome backdrop empowers the ships presence highlighting the illusionary impact upon this city.
Emily Allchurch, Urban Chiaroscuro 8: St. Petersburg (after Piranesi), 2012
Emily Allchurch uses digital collage techniques to explore architecture, culture and civilisation. Allchurch forms multiple photographs taken from Rome, Paris, London and St.Petersburg to create Urban Chiaroscuro, a series of complex environments inspired by a series of etchings published in 1743-45 by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
The Wisdom of Escape runs until Friday 26th July, open every Monday-Friday 12-7pm and Saturdays by appointment.
On Thursday 25th July we will be open until 9pm for Fitzrovia Lates.