[Exhibition] “Playing the Picturesque” at The Edge Bath

This exhibition premiers a new creation exclusive to the Andrew Brownsword Gallery of Bath’s much-loved Palladian Bridge at Prior Park, alongside works commissioned by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) for this year’s London Festival of Architecture.

 

Playing the Picturesque – an exhibition by You + Pea. Installation view @RIBA, London. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

 

Step into the gallery and experience an interactive installation exploring the boundaries between virtual and physical space.Today, we spend much of our time living in virtual realms, endlessly producing, sharing and looking at pictures of an idealised and filtered world on the screen of personal devices. In the eighteenth century too, architects and artists became interested in picturing the ‘ideal’.


 

“Playing the Picturesque”
1 October – 14 December, 2019
The Edge & Andrew Brownsword Gallery
University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

 


Landscapes, townscapes and buildings were arranged in an aesthetically pleasing manner, producing the stylistic movement of ‘the Picturesque’. Designing its own harmony and beauty, the Picturesque provides delight in the experience of looking through framed views, dramatic reveals and a romantic relationship to nature.

 

Playing the Picturesque – an exhibition by You + Pea. Installation view @RIBA, London. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Playing the Picturesque – an exhibition by You + Pea. Installation view @RIBA, London. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

 

For this installation, You+Pea have used objects and archival images from the RIBA Collections to open a window into a world of digital delights where audiences are invited to play. Looking at the work of Regency architect John Nash (1752–1835), one of the main proponents of the Picturesque, the exhibition consists of a series of scaled folly structures extracted from history. Five Nash-inspired scenes extend into interactive virtual environments through digital projections. The follies become junctions between the virtual and physical, acting as visual markers in the imagined landscape, growing and changing in response to the movement and interactions of visitors through the gallery.

 

Playing the Picturesque – an exhibition by You + Pea. Installation view @RIBA, London. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Playing the Picturesque – an exhibition by You + Pea. Installation view @RIBA, London. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Playing the Picturesque – an exhibition by You + Pea. Installation view @RIBA, London. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)


 

News source and text: The Edge
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