borough - photobook: print brush stroke page flow30. Nov - 19. Mar 13 / ended London South Bank University Digital Art Gallery
Wednesday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm Saturday from 12pm to 5pm
The Borough Road Gallery commissioned artist paula roush and her photobook students to develop new work in response to the exhibition “London's Post War Art Scene: David Bomberg &The Borough Group.”
Researching the teaching and learning environment that preceded them at the Borough Polytechnic “which was to become the centre of the most vanguard and adventurous art education in post-war Britain,” the photobook group presents a selection of their publications inspired by the traces of the former art studios in Borough road and the University archives. Bomberg’s revolutionary teaching methods, informed by a search for the “spirit in the mass,” that was keenly adapted by the Borough Group (1946-1951) as their modus operandis,  precedes current practice-based approaches to art as research and comes alive in the new self-published works.
Bomberg’s early enthusiasm for self-publishing and his involvement with the performative aspects of modern culture was evident in his pamphlet-book Russian Ballet (1919) whose reinterpretation is part of the exhibition. Other publications in the exhibition explore ways to articulate the new urban and gendered subjectivities that emerged in the Borough Road group as a result of the artists’ involvement with the reconstruction of London.
Bringing side by side the Borough group’s artwork and the newly commissioned publications completes the circle that started with the radical educational approaches to modern art in post-war Borough Polytechnic and continue with contemporary discursive approaches to art in the University’s Arts & Media department.
Director Borough Road Gallery
Project leader photobook project
Exhibition support team
Bradley Chippington, Amelia Frances Hallsworth
Jessa Acton, Emma Barker, Anthony Berry, Natahaniel Black-Platt, Bradley Chippington, Jasmin Chung, Abbie Rae Clark, Olivia Clifford, Alexander Hiroki Coles, Aaron David Coles, Safaa Elmaarouf, Sophie Gordon, Amelia Frances Hallsworth, Madeline Holbrook, Yavin Lemuel Jackson, Sanil Khistria, Zoe Macleay, Jessica Louise McHugh, Marc Newbey, Talabi Pitanga, Emily Rawls, Jonathan Reid, Michael Rickett, Lucinda Smart, Monika Spychalska, Bogdan Ioan Staiculescu, Hannan Jane Storey, Amy Talbot, Leah Tara Watts
 Dominika Buchowska, 2011, Teaching Art In Post-War Britain: The Case Of The Borough Group 1945-1953, Polish-AngloSaxon Studies volume 14-15, pp. 107-129
 For their third annual exhibition in 1949 at the Arcade Gallery (The Royal Arcade, Bond Street) the Borough Group printed this statement in the catalogue:
We have said that our search is towards the spirit in the mass.
Many people have asked us for a further definition.
Words cannot give it; the answer lies in the content of the painting.
That is our purpose.
Our interest lies more in the mass than in the parts;
More in movement than in the static;
More in the plastic than in the decorative.
Identical objects no longer yield the same experience.
Our awareness is both of sensation and direction.
C. Holden, History of the Borough Group, date of access: 6 Nov 2012, www.cliffholden.co.uk
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