Exhibition

Floating Architectural Spaces

4 Jun 2024 – 15 Jun 2024

Regular hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
11:00 – 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 – 18:00
Thursday
11:00 – 18:00
Friday
11:00 – 18:00
Saturday
11:00 – 18:00
Sunday
Closed

Free admission

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Bermondsey Project Space

London
England, United Kingdom

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  • C10 Victoria to Canada Water (Stop F Bermondsey Street)
  • London Bridge - Borough
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A touring duo exhibition that develops a new and personal contemporary vision of architecture, by Francesco Vitali & Alec Boreham.

About

Alec & Franz are artist duo Alec Boreham and Francesco Vitali. Floating Architectural Spaces is their collaborative exploration into the impact of architecture on human wellbeing. A shared appreciation for the histories and stories held within buildings lies at the core of their practice. 

Intricate and detailed, yet light and abstract, Alec's hand drawn graphite works are not to be mistaken for architectural blueprints; they celebrate the individual beauty of iconic monuments that were constructed by manual means. Both artists believe that it is this human connection that allows us to recognise a city by its unique landmarks, constellations of domes and spires, minarets and cupolas, evoking a sense of belonging that transcends time and space. 

Opulent drawings, deconstructed and reassembled, become self-contained monuments that, detached from their geographical surroundings, appear like spacecraft linking the past with the future. The role of architectural structures as portals linking the various stages of life is further illustrated through a series of colourful prints dedicated to the heritage of Queen Elizabeth II whose iconic silhouette, like that of St Paul's Cathedral, will be recognised by contemporaries and future generations alike. 

The project is rounded off with a set model to illustrate the synergies between classical disciplines and modern technology. Featuring a performance by celebrated Baroque tenor Kieran White. Staged at Cremona Opera House in June 2023, the installation both contains and is embraced by Floating Architectural Spaces. 

The artists believe that cities and the monuments that define them exist because we as humans inhabit them, conceive them, dream of them, love, hope and believe in them. That as humans, for better or for worse, we develop expectations of living in our cities that can become our own versions of paradise or hell - as Italo Calvino writes in Invisible Cities:

"The hell of the living is not something that will be; if there is one, it is the one that is already here, the hell that we live in every day, that we form by being together. There are two ways not to suffer from it. The first it's easy for many: accepting hell and becoming part of it to the point of no longer seeing it. The second is risky and requires attention: trying and knowing how to recognise who and what, in the midst of hell, is not hell, making it last and giving it space" 

The exhibition coincides with the London Festival of Architecture. Hosted by Bermondsey Project Space Floating Architectural Spaces opens on Tuesday 4 June and closes with an artists' talk on Saturday 8 June. A proportion of proceeds from Floating Architectural Spaces will be donated to UCLH Charity, the official charity of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

Private View: Tuesday 4 June, 6-9pm

Artists’ Talk: Saturday 8 June, 3pm

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Francesco Vitali

Alec Boreham

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