Unstable Foundations

  • 3rd May - 1st June
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery

In this latest exhibition of the ongoing Artist/Architect series, visual artist Suzanne Mooney and architect Felix Robbins consider the fragment as an indicator of possibilities within their respective enquiries. If the ‘whole’ is encountered in this exhibition, it is as an unseen and uncertain ideal, in face of which the photographic image or architectural project carries an inherent instability stemming from the fragmentary nature of its evolution.

The approach taken by both exhibitors has an archaeological aspect, factoring-in shifting historical positions to an investigation of the material remnants of their individual disciplines. Felix Robbins’ drawings propose projects that recognise slippage in approaches to architectural languages, and acknowledge architecture as an “unstable and contingent field of possibilities”.

The relationship between the photographic image and the materiality of glass is central to Mooney’s work in this exhibition. Working with defunct methods of image reproduction, photograms and glass plate negatives, she highlights the circulation and obsolescence of objects and the conflation of time and space through the photographic.

The dialogue that emerges between the exhibited works articulates a need both to recognise instability as contingent to practice and its outcomes, and to generate strategies to account for this.

Exhibition Opens: Thursday 3 May – Friday 1 June 2018

Exhibitors’ Talk: Wednesday 2 May 6-7 pm

Private View: Wednesday 2 May 7-9pm

About the exhibitors:

Felix Robbins gained a Diploma in Architectural Design from the Bartlett, University College London in 2002, an MArch. in 2003 and qualified professionally in 2006. From 2006-2013 he worked at Make, working on large scale commercial and urban regeneration projects. Felix has also worked for dECOi architects in Paris and oceanD in London. He is currently completing a Ph.D. by Design at the Bartlett supervised by Neil Spiller and the late Ranulph Glanville. His research speculates on the possibility of design to transcend the contradictions of post-logical architectural production. Felix established a-project in December 2013 to explore new ways of working and producing architecture www.a-project.co.uk

Suzanne Mooney is a visual artist, currently based in Helsinki, who primarily uses photography but also video, found images and objects, drawing and installation. She has shown her work internationally, in both solo and group exhibitions including: Vitrine Gallery, Basel (2017) Foxy Productions, New York (2014), Contemporary Art Society, London (2013), Galway Arts Centre (2017) and is currently showing work in a group exhibition ‘Double Take’ at the Lewis Glucksman Gallery, in Cork until July 2018. www.suzannemooney.net

 Suzanne Mooney’s participation in this exhibition is supported by FRAME Contemporary Art Finland

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