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Griffin Gallery: Architecture as Metaphor

One of my favorite exhibitions this year is happening right now and will only last until the 21st of April. If you’re a fan of drawing, architecture and thought-provoking art, then you’ll want to see this one before it comes to an end.

A painting by Tony Bevan entitled Corridor (PC9611), 1996, Acrylic and charcoal on Canvas, 274x180cm

A painting by Tony Bevan entitled Corridor (PC9611), 1996, Acrylic and charcoal on Canvas, 274x180cm

The quality of work on show is top notch and with an artist list including Tony Carter, Tony Bevan, Phyllida Barlow, Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Deacon, Richard Wentworth and Rachel Whiteread, you’d expect nothing less.

The stunning sculpture Point of Balance, 1983-86, Sicilian marble, glass, spirit-level unit, steel weight and MDF shelf, 41.3x91.4x22.8cm by Tony Carter

The stunning sculpture Point of Balance, 1983-86, Sicilian marble, glass, spirit-level unit, steel weight and MDF shelf, 41.3x91.4x22.8cm by Tony Carter

A beautifully created show with artwork that nods to architecture as a historical reference to the cultural and political change in society with imagery in photography, film, painting, drawing and sculpture. This show forces the viewer to recognize the hidden wonders of everyday modern architecture.

Rachel Whiteread, Herringbone Floor, 2001, Laser-cut relief in 0.8mm Finnish birch, 51x44cm (left) Michael Craig-Martin, Gate, 2015, Letterpress edition print, 48.2x48.2cm

Rachel Whiteread, Herringbone Floor, 2001, Laser-cut relief in 0.8mm Finnish birch, 51x44cm (left) Michael Craig-Martin, Gate, 2015, Letterpress edition print, 48.2x48.2cm

Tony Carter

The exhibition also features beloved artist Tony Carter, highly respected by his contemporaries, including many of the exhibiting artists including Michael Craig-Martin, Phyllida Barlow and Richard Deacon.

Tony Carter, Poised, 2016, Fibreglass ellipse, metal, perspex, rubber, mdf bracket, 183x43x9cm

Tony Carter, Poised, 2016, Fibreglass ellipse, metal, perspex, rubber, mdf bracket, 183x43x9cm

After a successful career as an artist he turned his passion to teaching, and spent 16 years as Principle of City & Guilds of London Art School dedicating his time to improving arts education, a place that I so thankfully had the opportunity to study whilst Tony was still at the helm.

Phyllida Barlow, untitled: stackboxtube2015, 2015, Cardboard, plywood, tape, paint, spray paint, PVA, 174x80x105cm

Phyllida Barlow, untitled: stackboxtube2015, 2015, Cardboard, plywood, tape, paint, spray paint, PVA, 174x80x105cm

Exhibition Details

  • The Studio Building, 21, Evesham Street, London, W11 4AJ.
  • Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, Saturday, 12 - 5pm, Sunday and Bank Holiday, Closed
  • Runs from 9th of March to the 21st of April
  • For more info about the exhibition and gallery click here

Jemma Appleby, #1270816, 2016, Charcoal on paper, 110x110cm

Jemma Appleby, #1270816, 2016, Charcoal on paper, 110x110cm

*With special thanks to Tony’s widow Wendy Smith, for providing a unique opportunity for us to see the work of a much underrated yet extremely influential British artist.