24 June – 24 July 2009
Blyth Gallery, London

An exhibition, an instruction, a selection of new works by artists and architects whose individual practices span architecture, painting and sculpture including: Richard Cramp, Ralph Dorey, Heidi Locher and Mobile Studio.

Build was an exhibition, an instruction, a selection of new works by artists and architects whose individual practices spanned architecture, painting and sculpture. New works were brought together under the common theme of the built environment. Although there is a certain amount of difference between the way that architects and fine artists work it has become increasingly common for these practices to crossover and inform the other through collaboration or interdisciplinary modes of working.

Ralph Dorey created a large sculptural installation of timber and plywood to fit around the architecture of Blyth Gallery. With echoes of both continual exploration and geographical occupation this structural language pushed into and was stabilised by the existing space, reinforcing a sense of something mobile and adaptable yet it is unshakably anchored in place, braced against impact but equally ready to move.

Heidi Locher’s installation worked with the architectural concept of noting space using concrete markers to create both space and movement. Using basic building materials she constructed a series of columns which became markers of mortality. These markers carried dark matter which had been smashed and flung, and culminated in a large black purple canvas which carried two broken beams that had been hurled towards the canvas, suggesting the process of pent up emotion and energy.

Richard Cramp built small works that inhabited the cabinet spaces within the gallery. Fitting into the existing architecture, these miniature environments were created to evoke the viewer to consider narrative, space and perception of the recognisable features. The cabinet gave this small scale habitation an air of security or perhaps a false illusion of some sort of Utopian existence where the glass door sealed it from the outside world.

Mobile Studio presented a new satirical work entitled ‘A Vision of Britain’ that drew on current debates over the Prince of
Wales’s controversial interventions into the UK Planning process. ‘A Vision of Britain’ took the form of a game, continuing in the tradition of artists Chess Sets, that acts as metaphor for the continuing debate on taste, style and the future of British Housing, Architecture + Planning.

Image: Ralph Dorey,  Princess Yuki Retains the State (detail) 2009
Photo: Mindy Lee