First and Third Angle Projections: Claiming and Reclaiming the Ground

17 Nov 2017 – 2 Dec 2017

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Sluice Gallery

England, United Kingdom


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  • 30, 38, 242, 276
  • Hackney Central
  • Hackney Central

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First and Third Angle Projections: Claiming and Reclaiming the Ground
makes an enquiry into exploitative power systems and how they entrench themselves into the general psyche.


Whilst the Greek temples of the Doric order replaced Early Archaic wooden temples with stone it emulated certain elements of the latter as a type of historical quotation. This is especially visible in the Entablature where the Triglyph, Dentil and Mutule referenced older architectural features in form but not function; representations of rafter-ends became surface, no longer forming a part of the beams that supported the temple roof. In addition to the imitation rafter-ends, the voids in between were filled in with scenes from mythology; grandiose moments of heroism and triumph embellishing the surface further.

On a superficial level it may seem that the stylised ends of the rafters have become mere decorative elements accompanied with ornamental scenes from mythology but a closer reading might suggest a more covert function. Could it be that the repetitive patterns and fantastical scenes around the external perimeter of the temple collude to form a narrative that ultimately seeks to legitimise and establish the empirical authority of the institution through a histo-mythological dualism? And do we not see this model used in the practice of Heraldry where the nobility advertise their rule through similar devices? What about our contemporaneity; do our politicians not legitimise themselves by combining their supposed historical prowess as a party (often offset against another party) with the repeated promise of a return to some kind of halcyon days?

The veneer of the temple facade establishes its dominion and claims its ground by means of association and invention; a citing of dimensions beyond the surface.

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Andre de Jong


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