ARCHIVE’ is a photography exhibition, which presents the work of two young London based artists, Maxwell Ball and Lewis Khan, whose work seeks to capture the overlooked urban environments of the capital. The show acts as a catalogue, or archive, of London’s unnoticed interior and exterior architectural spaces, looking at moments of transition and vulnerability against a backdrop of a constantly evolving urban environment.
Anglo-American Maxwell Ball’s work is based on re-appropriating forgotten and neglected architectural space. Ball recasts architectural construction material as a print surface for photographic images. Overlaying real material with image and generating painterly ambiguous scenarios. The work conveys both a powerful sense of nostalgia and the inherent poignancy of discarded and dilapidated physical spaces.
Lewis Khan’s work addresses the everyday moments of life. Capturing delicacy and softness, finding pleasure in observation of the ordinary.
An array of subjects from the artists’ archive are brought together by light, texture, and geometry.
“There may be some who argue that if beauty has to hide it’s weak points in the dark it is not beauty at all.
But such is our way of thinking – we find beauty not in the thing itself but in the patterns of shadows, the light and the darkness, that one thing against another creates.”
‘In Praise of Shadows’, J.Tanizaki, 1933.
The location of the exhibition is of significance to the work. The Rose Lipman library opened in 1975, was left vacant when the buildings resources were relocated to the new Dalston C.L.R James Library before being taken over by The Mill Co. Project as a mixed use Arts Space.
‘Archive’ Private View
2 October, 7pm
Maxwell Ball and Lewis Khan: Archive opens. Meet the artists, complementary drinks.
Entrance to the show from the Downham rood side access ramp.