Archive for the ‘Art Gallery’ Category

Marzorati Ronchetti Metal Sculptures

January 18, 2012

Marzorati Ronchetti is no ordinary metal manufacturer. They produce some of the most elegant refined structures with every type of metal imaginable for the worlds greatest designers. MR concentrate on the high end design market for architects like Norman Foster and notable artists like Anish Kapoor. With the engineering and design capabilities to manufacture unusual solutions tailored for specific environments a diverse range of products are the result.

With the up and coming birthday of the company MR commissioned Hundven-Clements Photography to document a range of their London successes, here are the results.

 

50 Years of London Architecture

June 24, 2010

An entertaining evening appeared to be had by all, as the champagne flowed freely and a fine selection of London’s best architectural projects from the last 50yrs graced the walls of Pall Mall Gallery. The guest speaker, Peter Murray, (founding member of Blueprint Magazine and Exhibitions Director of New London Architecture (NLA), Founder/Director of the London Festival of Architecture) delivered a stimulating analysis of recent and past architectural achievements of London.

My image of Clink Street renovation, shot for Edward Cullinan Architects was included in the show. This was a pleasant reward, as I nearly incurred frost bite shooting the building during early March on a bitter windy day by the Thames River. It was one of those shoots where you turn up and wonder how on earth you are going to create an image of value. The project in itself was composed of some fascinating features. Located next to the ruins of the 12th Century Winchester Palace, where James I of Scotland was wed to Joan Beaufort (niece of the then bishop, Cardinal Henry Beaufort) in 1424. The site and adjoining redevelopment are unusual combinations, but it was the light or lack of it on the North West facing facade that created a challenge. I arrived mid afternoon, hoping that just before the sun disappeared over London town I’d be privy to a golden shaft caressing the brickwork. Unfortunately this never materialised, so I waited patiently (loosing feeling in my fingers) as dusk drew in and the building came alive.

The show runs from the 19th of June and continues until the 27th of June, with the gallery open every day from 10am to 5pm. It is completely free to enter so head over check out this evolving city of ours.

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Summer 2009, by Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA

August 20, 2009

The Serpentine Gallery delivers another fascinating structure for the British public to contemplate whilst strolling through Hyde Park, London.  After lasts year substantial installation by Frank Gehry, this years pavilion has a much more transient atmosphere. Blending the boundaries between sculptural art form and a functional sun (if your lucky) / rain  shelter it certainly invokes a response from onlookers. I couldn’t help but feel that the most exciting interaction with the organic shaped aluminum surface was surely on the top. Unfortunately this was a privilege reserved exclusively for the cleaners!

The architects say:

‘The Pavilion is floating aluminium, drifting freely between the trees like smoke. The reflective canopy undulates across the site, expanding the park and sky. Its appearance changes according to the weather, allowing it to melt into the surroundings. It works as a field of activity with no walls, allowing uninterrupted view across the park and encouraging access from all sides. It is a sheltered extension of the park where people can read, relax and enjoy lovely summer days.’

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Towner Gallery by Rick Mather, Architects’ Journal feature.

May 1, 2009

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Having seen the team at the Towner Gallery work extremely hard organising the space it’s great to see the images finally getting out in to the world. This is my latest feature in the April issue of The Architects’ Journal. The space designed by Rick Mather Architects has managed to achieve that elusive quality of both delivering a functional practicality whilst invigorating and inspiring, and that’s before the art work was on the walls. I have subsequently returned with a new commission from the gallery director Matthew Rowe. These images will be released shortly once the gallery has had a chance to select it’s favourites. It’s amazing what artwork and sunshine does to transform a space.

All images by Daniel Clements Photography except images on page 2 by James Brittain/View & Richard Chivers.

Blueprint Feature on the Towner Gallery by Rick Mather Architects

March 12, 2009

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Frank Gehry, Summer Pavilion, Serpentine Gallery, London

September 21, 2008

Another controversial structure graces the lawn at the Serpentine Gallery. Gehry’s explosion of glass and wood affords the resident dog walker’s respite from the sun if nothing else ! Love it or hate it, it certainly demands a response.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The spectacular structure – designed and engineered in collaboration with Arup – is anchored by four massive steel columns and is comprised of large timber planks and a complex network of overlapping glass planes that create a dramatic, multi-dimensional space. Gehry and his team took inspiration for this year’s Pavilion from a fascinating variety of sources including the elaborate wooden catapults designed by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the striped walls of summer beach huts. Part-amphitheatre, part-promenade, these seemingly random elements make a transformative place for reflection and relaxation by day, and discussion and performance by night.

The Serpentine Gallery Pavilion series, now entering its ninth year, is the world’s first and most ambitious architectural programme of its kind, and is one of the most anticipated events in the international design calendar.

Frank Gehry said: ‘The Pavilion is designed as a wooden timber structure that acts as an urban street running from the park to the existing Gallery. Inside the Pavilion, glass canopies are hung from the wooden structure to protect the interior from wind and rain and provide for shade during sunny days. The Pavilion is much like an amphitheatre, designed to serve as a place for live events, music, performance, discussion and debate. As the visitor walks through the Pavilion they have access to terraced seating on both sides of the urban street. In addition to the terraced seating there are two elevated seating pods, which are accessed around the perimeter of the Pavilion. These pods serve as visual markers enclosing the street and can be used as stages, private viewing platforms and dining areas.’

Julia Peyton-Jones, Director, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-Director said: 
‘It is an exciting moment for London. Frank Gehry’s visionary Pavilion is remarkable and will be a landmark for the city this summer.’

 

Arup 

Arup has worked on many of the Pavilions commissioned by Julia Peyton-Jones. Arup collaborated with Gehry Partners LLP to help evaluate the design strategies, choice of materials and structural typology of the 2008 Pavilion. Arup is also providing the engineering and specialist design on the project. The Arup team includes David Glover, and Ed Clark with Cecil Balmond.

Psycho Buildings, Artists take on Architecture, Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre, London, U.K

August 13, 2008

The Hayward’s huge spaces will be filled with artist-designed architectural environments, which will spill onto the three outdoor sculpture terraces, radically altering the interior and exterior of the gallery. Inside a floating , translucent apartment and a room frozen in a moment of explosive disaster are amongst the installations that will both enchant and disconcert visitors. Outside on the Gallery’s sculpture terraces, installations including a huge iridescent observatory and a working cinema will alter the exterior face of The Hayward. Visible from the surrounding area and across the Thames and illuminated by night, they add a significant public dimension to this major exhibition. 

The ten artists are: Atelier Bow-Wow (Japan), Michael Beutler (Germany), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Gelitin (Austria), Mike Nelson (UK), Ernesto Neto (Brazil), Tobias Putrih (Slovenia), Tomas Saraceno (Argentina), Do-Ho Suh (Korea), Rachel Whiteread (UK). 

Borrowing its title from a book by the artist Martin Kippenberger, the exhibition brings together the work of artists who create habitat-like structures and architectural spaces that are mental and perceptual spaces as much as physical ones. The exhibition invites visitors to immerse themselves in a series of ten atmospheric, enthralling and unsettling installations. Combining architectural and artistic design with the use of light, colour and smell to trigger responses, these dynamic constructions actively encourage viewers to become adventurous participants. The scale and ambition of the exhibition means many of the artists will be working in the gallery for over a month in order to realise their installations. 

 

ATELIER BOW-WOW, Life Tunnel, 2008

Designed by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto & Momoyo Kaijima

 

 

DO HO SUH

Staircase – V, 2003/04/08

 

 

ERNESTO NETO

Stone Lip, Pepper Tits, Clove Love, Fog Frog, 2008

 

 

LOS CARPINTEROS, Show Room, 2008

Marco Antonio Castillo Valdés & Dagoberto Rodríguez Sánchez

 

 

MIKE NELSON

To The Memory of H.P Lovecraft 1999, 2008

 

 

TOBIAS PUTRIH

Venetian, Atmospheric, 2007

 

 

TOMAS SARACENO

Observatory, Air-Port-City, 2008

 

To find out more about these individual projects please visit The Hayward Gallery, London, the exhibition runs from 28th May – 25th August 2008.


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