Surreal perspectives of architecture align in a duet of London exhibitions

installation view of Luisa Lambri's show
Two harmonious exhibiitons are on show at London’s Thomas Dane gallery. The first features Italian photographer Luisa Lambri's works and another includes the work of 20 artists in an installation called 'Blind Architecture.' Pictured: installation view of Luisa Lambri's show
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Italian photographer Luisa Lambri has built her reputation shooting modernist architecture, particularly houses. And the very best, at that. She has photographed homes designed by Lautner, Neutra, Barragan, Le Corbusier, Niemeyer, Breuer and on. But rather than catching sweeping forms, meticulous mass, Lambri goes in close, onto windows and shutters, framing skylights, moving in on surfaces. These are not so much abstractions, but – and Lambri has been deeply influenced by the domestic portraits and self-portraits of the late Francesca Woodman – intimacies. Or, in the play of light, in the turn of a corner, a search for intimacy.

In her new show at London’s Thomas Dane gallery, Lambri gets intimate with post-war modernist sculpture, specifically pieces by Donald Judd, the Brazilian Neo-Concrete artist Lygia Clark, German minimalist Charlotte Poseneske and Barbara Hepworth (the show takes that particular route, mapped out by architects OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, who created the internal architecture for the show).

Lambri’s camera pokes inside Judd’s aluminium boxes, confusing scale and creating rooms of confusing perspective (and revealing Judd’s famously low tolerances); closes in on the hinges and joints of Glark’s moveable aluminium bichos; frames Hepworth’s own framing of a lushly tropical garden in St Ives, creating a portal into a fantastic other world; and, most successfully perhaps, creates abstract blocks of colour in Poseneske’s aluminium sheets.

In the gallery’s other space, a few doors up, the LA-based curator Douglas Fogle has put together a companion piece for Lambri’s show. Taking off from Kasimir Malevich’s idea of the architecktons (quasi-architectural maquettes without windows) Blind Architecture includes the work of 20 artists that come at architecture from strange angles.

The show jumps from remarkable photographs of sculptural maquettes produced by the Soviet VKhUTEMAS Workshops in the 1920s; Man Ray’s Dust Breeding, a shot of a Duchamp’s The Large Glass turned into an odd, alien landscape by gathered dust and detritus; and on through a Martin Kippenberger collection of snapshots, tagged Pyschobuildings; Carl Andre’s typewritten concrete poetry; Imi Knoebel’s pioneering projections onto the facades of buildings; and Sol LeWitt’s biographical cut-outs of aerial shots of Manhattan and Chicago. As well as, inevitably, the Becher’s blind industrial buildings and infrastructure, which seem to dominate the space as the always do.

Also included is a wonderful Catherine Opie miniature of LA freeways; Jean-Luc Mouléne’s Monopole, a five-starred onyx sculpture based on wave breakers, a form, as Fogle explains, based on complex modelling of an ‘anti-wave’; and quasi-maquettes, in painted bronze by Ricky Swallow, and ceramics by Ron Nagle. It’s a show of odd resonances, creating a strange sort of cityscape.

Post-war modernist sculpture by Luisa Lambri

In her show, Lambri gets intimate with post-war modernist sculpture by different big-name artists

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A rooms of confusing perspective

Lambri’s camera pokes inside Judd’s aluminium boxes, pictured here in Untitled (100 Untitled Works in Mill Aluminium, 1982-1986, #06), 2012. She confuses scale and creates rooms of confusing perspective (and revealing Judd’s famously low tolerances)

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Brazilian Neo-Concrete artist Lygia Clark's moveable aluminium bichos

In these images Lambri closes in on the hinges and joints of Brazilian Neo-Concrete artist Lygia Clark's moveable aluminium bichos. Left: Untitled (Bicho Invertebrado, #11), 2013. Right: Untitled (Bicho Invertebrado, #13), 2013

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The internal architecture view of office

The show takes a particular route, mapped out by architects OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, who created the internal architecture for the show

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The perspectives of architecture align

Left: Untitled (Bicho Invertebrado, #12), 2013. Right: Untitled (Casa del Fascio, #04), 1999

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Lambri frames Barbara Hepworths

Left: Lambri frames Barbara Hepworth’s own framing of a lushly tropical garden in St Ives. Untitled [Four-Square (Walk Through)], 2015. Right: Untitled (Deux Reliefs - Serie B, #05), 2015

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A lushly tropical garden in St Ives

Left: Lambri frames Barbara Hepworth’s own framing of a lushly tropical garden in St Ives. Untitled [Four-Square (Walk Through)], 2015. Right: Untitled (Deux Reliefs - Serie B, #05), 2015

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The outer space of gallery

In the gallery’s other space, a few doors up, the LA-based curator Douglas Fogle has put together the companion piece for Lambri’s show 'Blind Architecture'. Pictured: Jean-Luc Moulène, Sample (Onyx) 1, Vérone, 2015. 

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A architectural view from strange angles

The show features work from artists including Man Ray, Duchamp and Martin Kippenberger, all who come at architecture from strange angles

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Installation view of Blind Architecture

Installation view of Blind Architecture which includes Sample (Onyx) 1, Vérone by Jean-Luc Moulène, 2015 featured on the table

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Nasreen Mohamedi vitled Photograph

Untitled, ca. by Nasreen Mohamedi, 1970s. 

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Blind Architecture and Luisa Lambri

Untitled by Robert Grosvenor, circa 2010-2014.

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Three Characters Figuration Three Bodies Configuration

Drei Figurationszeichen Dre Korperkonfigurationen (Three Characters Figuration Three Bodies Configuration), by Valie Export, 1972-76.

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A blue coloured book on white surface

Untitled (reparación) 6 by Gabriel Sierra, 2004-2015. Courtesy of the artist and Kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Photography: Omar Luis Olguin

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sculptural maquettes

Remarkable photographs of sculptural maquettes produced by the Soviet VKhUTEMAS Workshops in the 1920s pictured. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery

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White wall with wall frame

'Blind Architecture' and 'Luisa Lambri with OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen' will remain on show till 9 January 2016

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INFORMATION

’Luisa Lambri with OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen’ and ’Blind Architecture’ are on view till 9 January, 2016. For more information, visit the Thomas Dane Gallery website (opens in new tab)

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