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INTERMEDIATE INTERACTIONS, an upcoming collaborative exhibition by Olivia Turner and William Braithwaite, compares how two artists view and represent very similar subjects in their works. Focusing on the architectural legacy of Brutalism, conceived as a utopian form that emphasised the raw nature of manufactured materials – concrete, metal and glass, Olivia and William explore the characteristics of Brutalist buildings and the plastic nature of the concrete forms the style produced, these are then integrated into their work; paintings and sculpture which have geometry and structure at their core.
Olivia's concern with spatial awareness is evident in her work, which continually plays with conventional notions about spaces. Turner’s paintings look at perspective, composition and structure and are inspired by Brutalist architecture. Her interest in architecture especially the powerful structures and materials is something which has continuously interested her. Each painting is developed from a series of drawings, which have been made from multiple viewpoints each focusing on interesting architectural elements. Working in this way allows Turner to explore how she can portray a three-dimensional architectural structure in a two-dimensional painting.
Turner's refined compositions create spaces which highlight the hidden beauty of buildings that are often overlooked. Choosing to isolate them from their original surroundings she directs the viewer to the pure shapes, forms and lines that are at the heart of Brutalist architecture.
William's practice is a constant exploration of repetition, process and formation, his works investigate the boundaries that lie between sculpture and architecture. Influenced by the architectural styles of Modernism and Brutalism Braithwaite explores their dominant but minimalist forms, through repetition of these found forms he goes onto construct complex shapes with strong geometric qualities.
Braithwaite’s choice of concrete is both a nod to the Modernist, Brutalist buildings he is inspired by and the visual and physical qualities inherent to the material. it builds upon the relationship of architecture and sculpture. The concrete’s mundane colour and utilitarian qualities not only is suggestive of architecture it allows the viewer to focus on the form and structure of the work.
If you would like to attend the private view on Thursday 17th September at The Foundry Gallery please email the gallery so we have an idea of numbers to accommodate. If you are unable to make the private view or would rather visit the gallery when it is less busy then the gallery will be open on Saturday 19th from 3-6, booking isn’t needed. We are looking forward to welcoming you back to The Foundry Gallery.
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