ANDREW CROSS - Every seat 

23. May - 25. Jun 14 / ended CANAL

Exhibition | Multi-disciplinary | London


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CANAL is delighted to present two bodies of work by Andrew Cross.

Cross is interested in place, the histories it may conceal and the memories it may evoke.

Two years ago he photographed, with the safety curtain down, the stage of London’s Royal Opera House as seen from every single seat in the house. Exhibited for the first time, a small selection of the 2,500 resulting images will be shown alongside Cross’s photographs of the Somali National Theatre, taken during a visit to the war-devastated city of Mogadishu in 2013. This visit was the subject of the recent exhibition, Mogadishu Lost Moderns, at the Mosaic Rooms with Rashid Ali.

The Royal Opera House photographs, which required meticulous planning to fit around the busy schedule of performances and rehearsals, in part arise out of previous work where Cross has documented the landscape sites of 1970s rock festivals. An interest in absence and the role of memory (collective and individual) in forming our understanding of past or absent events runs through Cross’s work.

Andrew Cross is well known for his work featuring US railroads and transport infrastructures. His first book of photographs Some Trains in America was published in 2001 and his first video work was shortlisted for the Beck’s Futures Prize in 2004. 3 Hours from here: An English journey – a film about post-industrial landscape and economy – was commissioned by Film & Video Umbrella and the John Hansard Gallery.

Recent sites of investigation include the military landscape of Salisbury Plain and the sites of 1970s rock festivals. Cross's interest in rock music extends to collaborations with musicians, and his 2010 film The Solo (featuring the music of Carl Palmer) - first shown at IKON gallery - was met with critical acclaim and has been exhibited internationally.

Andrew Cross has been selected by National Railway Museum, York, to present a solo exhibition in September 2014 on the theme of 'Trainspotting', as part of the museum's new exhibitions and commissioning initiative.


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