Brett Amory has picked London for his third ‘Twenty-Four’ project where he produces 24 artworks from a study of 24 places around a city; firstly filming a particular spot in each location then producing an artwork out of his study.
The culmination of this is a collection of incredibly insightful works. They are only a snapshot – homing in on one piece of the street – but in that moment he captures people going about their daily lives, the architecture and the atmosphere. He grasps London’s multifaceted personality so well you would think he was a local.
His artworks are inclusive of any media he has at his disposal from the location. The paintings are surrounded by found printed matter – rubbish, old tickets and trinkets. He has also built audio tapes into some of the displays, and some paintings contain collage and surrounding wooden awnings to simulate shop fronts. They are not really necessary additions; you get a strong sense of London life just from the paintings alone without the peripheral media, but they are mementos – like something a tourist would collect for a scrap book. With these additions his studies become almost nostalgic.
In the far corner of the exhibition you’ll find 24 televisions showing the films of each of the locations. These show how Amory has pulled out a contemplative setting, composition and palette from the seemingly mundane and mismatched.
Amory sees poetry in a kebab shop and once you have seen through his eyes you do too.
Showing at Lazerides, Rathbone Place till the 3rd of April.