Collyer Bristow Gallery presents: Speaking Space

03 Mar 2014


If buildings were sentient…

Matthew Houlding, Tod Hanson, Ruth Claxton, Mark Selby, Ben Cove and Kiera Bennett

Private view: Wednesday 5 March, 6-8pm

Exhibition runs on weekdays from 6 March - 11 June 2014 at Collyer Bristow Gallery, 4 Bedford Row, Holborn, London WC1R 4TF

Speaking Space was prompted by conversations with the artist Matthew Holding, whose work is a glorious mash up of modernism and urban kitsch. From large-scale sculptures housing Hawaiian shirts to constructed wooden and Perspex forms, the work is ultimately grounded in formal sculptural and architectural concern. Its energy lifts it beyond the mundane aesthetic of conventional urban planning into a fantastical world of possibilities.

Tod Hanson's commissions also utilise this free-thinking approach. A recent commission by Day + Gluckman for the Canal and River Trust's offices as Little Venice resulted in an extraordinary combination of colour and form based on the maps, places, systems and use of the waterways by people and boats. For Speaking Space, Hanson has created a unique wall painting using and referencing number 4 Bedford Row, itself a medley of architectural styles.

The sculptural works in the exhibition are created by Ruth Claxton, Mark Selby and Ben Cove. Claxton's nests are from a series, all housing a bird perched on a spiralling metal nest.

Further painted homages by Kiera Bennett meld modernism and Constructivism through witty reflections on these extraordinary movements which continue to impact on art and architecture.

James Smith's acute photographic observations of the on-going battle, and occasional harmony, between the built and the natural environment present an opportunity to see beyond the immediate.

Speaking Space is an exhibition that allows us to imagine buildings as sentient beings. The fun to be had imagining architectural form, function and devices, released from the constraints of practicalities and budgets, unleashing a new order on an unsuspecting audience is evidenced by the tactile joy inherent in all of the works.

Editors notes:

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Collyer Bristow Gallery is a bespoke gallery space with a dynamic exhibition programme. Collyer Bristow LLP is a leading UK law firm with offices in London and Geneva. The firm provides business and personal legal advice to a wide range of clients both in the UK and internationally. Collyer Bristow has been championing emerging talent in contemporary art for nearly twenty years.

Day+Gluckman are Lucy Day and Eliza Gluckman. Both trained as artists, Day+Gluckman have been working together curating projects and exhibitions since 2006. From Museum-based exhibitions to collaborations with old master dealers, the duo has worked with over 200 artists in diverse environments. Day+Gluckman aim to work directly with artists with rigorous and inspiring art practices to create thought provoking exhibitions of high quality and dialogue.

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