I Never Imagined it Could be Like This

14 Oct 2021 – 4 Dec 2021

Regular hours

11:00 – 16:00
11:00 – 16:00
11:00 – 16:00

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The Foundry Gallery, Chelsea

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses No. 11, 19, 22, 49 & 319
  • Sloane Square and South Kensington tubes
  • Victoria Train Station
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This show continues the long legacy of temporary architecture and how it opens up possibilities, challenging notions of what architecture could be and how we might act within it.


Jonathan’s interest in temporary structures, is something which opens up architectural possibilities. He proposes a flexible, changeable set up rather than something which is fixed and immutable, offering clues as to how we might think about the sacred as a more personally responsive notion upon entering the gallery, you are immediately immersed in Jonathan’s artwork it plays with and reconfigures the gallery space. 

Constructed from corrugated cardboard, which has been meticulously painted with layers of pigment and varnish, the work’s lightness and movability, speaks of Jonathan’s intentions and the idea that architecture can be seen as a temporary thing. Suggestive of screens, altars, columns and even buttresses, the placement of each sculptural component, will choreograph our movement around the gallery. We are invited to step over pieces which lie horizontally on the floor and walk around the horizontal and vertical groups which lean against the walls. Each sculpture operates both individually and as a playful component within an installation.

Over the course of the exhibition, Jonathan will move the sculptural elements creating 2 or more iterations of the installation.Jonathan McCree is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with painting, sculpture, film, installation and live performance. His artistic practice attempts to push the boundaries around traditional notions of architecture and demonstrates how experimental practice can help uncover new strategies for exploring spatial qualities and ideas. Also fascinated by the architecture of the body and soul, Jonathan generates a visual language, which leads to a deeper understanding of the spaces we inhabit and navigate.


Elizabeth Goode

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Jonathan McCree


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