Brutalism as an architectural movement was formed in response to the destruction wrought by the second world war, with an astringent, bootstrap determination to build amongst the bombsites while not forgetting the devastation ... glorying not in the destruction but our stoical survival, building for a hard-won future that could no longer pretend to Modernism's Utopia.
As we live now in new ruins, as art loses its innocence in self-consciousness and self-parody, the American born sculptor John Summers brings us a new lease on the future. He will be transforming the gallery space with work made from found and re-configured objects. His immersive physical response both to the gallery and the materials involved results in a crash-landing on a new moon, a blueprint for a new planet rising out of the shards of the old. Within the process of improvisation, in an instantaneous present, the past is pressed into the service of the future.
All hail the new brutalism!