Throughout the month of June we are hosting “Concrete Paintings”, a solo presentation of 3D paintings by artist Charlie Warde from his Trellick Tower residency.
Although all of Charlie's paintings look like actual blocks of concrete they are 100% acrylic paint on aluminium: no aggregates, sands or cement were used-hard to believe, but true! Think of it as hyper realism, far beyond the reaches of 2 dimensional photorealism. As such, it crosses the divide between painting and sculpture.
He makes all of his own paint from scratch, using dry artist pigments and acrylic mediums, and uses them to try and reproduce the exact concrete recipes that Ernö Goldfinger used for Trellick Tower (which he found by trawling through the RIBA archive).
The paintings are of specific areas of Trellick Tower's grade 2* listed curtilage (areas surrounding the building but part of the overall scheme) that are damaged. Damage can be a result of bad building practices (badly poured concrete leading to cracks or spalling) or vandalism-graffiti. All of the areas depicted are to be demolished to make way for more housing. This is controversial and contrary to their grade 2* listed status. Charlie has taken it upon himself to make paintings of these places (and other threatened buildings) to document them as accurately as possible whilst they still exist.
The exhibition is part of this year's London Festival of Architecture and will include a special evening on 22nd June; a conversation with Stewart Dodd from Satellite Architects about all matters Brutalism.
1-30 June at our showroom: 18 Crawford Street, Marylebone, W1H 1BT.
For details, see our event on the LFA website.