Anise Gallery: Drawing on Architecture (until 25th May 2014)
Considering each piece on display, it is interesting how the artist has taken an individual stance on the architectural and wider ideas of each location. This can be seen clearly in Philip Bannister's 'Borough Market' scene, pictured below, where despite the focus on the busy environment, expressing the diversity of central London, the perspective of the image looking upward conveys a feeling of a progression that cannot be halted. This is an idea that connects the London of 2014 with the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. A lack of intricate detail within the constant stream of people allows the wonder of the landmark's architecture and its spirit to be celebrated; regardless of who the people are, the structure will remain the same and retain its character.
Image courtesy of www.philip-bannister.co.uk
To those who are unaware of Borough Market, it is a firm favourite in London for tourists and locals alike and is always abuzz with people. Although the figures in Bannister's painting are mere afterthoughts in the composition, they still have a presence which cannot be denied and does in fact add to the ambiance of Borough Market in reality. The way in which 'Drawing on Architecture' has been curated is silently beautiful, as pieces are lined along the wall so that the viewer feels as if they are taking a walk through the different landscapes, some of which will be familiar, others less so. In addition to this wall space, there is a glass division panel with three more canvases displayed each side, which for me really resonates with the diversity that is being shown in the exhibition, varying from traditional designs such as those expressed in Alena Newton's 'Detail of Ionic Capital Bath' to more progressive ideas like Zara Ashby's 'Tower Competition with Philip Gumuchdjian'.
'Tower Competition...', pictured below, is a visually stunning image that shows what seems to be a contemporary residential space. Having researched Gumuchdjian Architects, I have found this to be a correct assumption, yet the building has been placed under the 'commercial' classification, which of course highlights the problematic nature of London's soaring house prices. The work of Gumuchdjian Architects is extraordinary, and the knowledge that the 'City Tower' already sits in London's landscape really makes the viewer feel that the future is now.