Exhibition: Sacred Geometries


Sacred Geometries at the Anise Gallery explores architecture through photography via Plato, and includes work from long-time Blueprint contributor Paul Raftery.


Anise Gallery, London
8 March — 15 April

The Anise Gallery in London’s Shad Thames is celebrating its fifth birthday with an exhibition of film and photography focusing on the geometric details of our urban landscapes. Created in collaboration with Miniclick, Sacred Geometries looks at the complex, constructed design patterns of buildings and how, in a world of post-production and filters, aesthetic manipulation and embellishment might come together in the polarising environments of nature and the metropolis. It is inspired by the writings of Plato and recent works by author Robert Lawlor and architectural historian Peg Rawes.

LSE Saw Hock Student Centre, London, designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, photographed by Dennis GilbertLSE Saw Hock Student Centre, London, designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, photographed by Dennis Gilbert

On show is a film from Blueprint contributing photographer Paul Raftery — who shot three out of our six covers last year — and Dan Lowe, as well as images from Dennis Gilbert, Hufton and Crow, Hélène Binet, Doublespace, Fernando Guerra, Jim Stephenson and John MacLean.

Oculus, New York, designed by Santiago Calatrava, photographed by Hufton + CrowOculus, New York, designed by Santiago Calatrava, photographed by Hufton + Crow

Raftery and Lowe’s new video takes an unexpected look inside Christopher Wren’s St Stephen Walbrook church in the City of London, one of 51 churches designed by the architect to replace those destroyed in the Great Fire of London.

The Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, designed by Snøhetta, photographed by DoublespaceThe Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, designed by Snøhetta, photographed by Doublespace

Now it is sandwiched between the new Bloomberg building and OMA’s Rothschild Bank, a haven of peace and quiet in a bustling city. Filmed in black and white, the video is a meditative piece that explores the tranquil, domed space with its sculptural altar by Henry Moore. It was shot over three days using timelapse footage captured on DSLR cameras and incorporating motion control, with a bespoke soundtrack by George McLeod.

MAAT Museum, Lisbon, designed by AL_A, photographed by Fernando GuerraMAAT Museum, Lisbon, designed by AL_A, photographed by Fernando Guerra

Sacred Geometries is sponsored by Metro Imaging. There will be an evening of short talks and discussion taking place on 6 April in the gallery.





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