Antony Cairns: LDN

27 Nov 2014 – 20 Dec 2014

Regular hours

11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 18:00
11:00 – 17:00
11:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

Free entry

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Roman Road

London, United Kingdom

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Roman Road is delighted to host LDN 
by Antony Cairns. Comprising a selection
 of abstract silver gelatin prints on aluminium plates. They all come from the artist’s on-going photographic project, the show presents a unique vision of England’s capital - a constant theme in Cairns’ work.


Working almost exclusively with black and white film, his monochromatic images document a different side of generic London: an urban landscape undergoing perpetual modernisation. Devoid of colour and with few empirical references, Cairns’
LDN takes us on an obscure path through new London with a dedicated yet dreamlike portrayal of the city’s streets. As we gaze upon the collection of imperceptible modern builds and places, searching for recognisable traces in his abstracted scenes, it is hard not to wonder what we may pass inattentively as we walk through the metropolis, unconsciously guided by our designated or laid-out routes.

The LDN series integrates the new with tradition – a marriage that comes together in the action of making the prints. For Cairns, these images are as much about the content as the layering of the process. With a profound interest in the history of photography and traditional printing methods, his practice is rooted in chemical-based techniques. These 35mm transparencies are part-developed, solarised, and then re- developed before being printing onto pre-coated aluminium sheets. The spills and imperfections of this process cross paths with the finished image, adding to the aesthetic of his captivating project.

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