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Shape of Light exhibition challenges perception of reality

Issue No. 2605

Antony Cairns’ LDN5_051 (2017)

Antony Cairns’ LDN5_051 (2017)


This exhibition captures the complicated relationship between abstract art and photography.

The exhibition features Alvin Langdon Coburn’s 1917 Vortographs series to the new wave of contemporary artists developing unconventional techniques impacted by technology.

Antony Cairns’ E.I. CTY1 (2018) is a good example. T

his is a collection of 45 photographs taken in major cities from all over the world, displayed in a framework of dismantled Kindle screens.

The concluding installation entitled Rock is a River (2018) by Maya Rochat pulls together distressed photography and projection.

The two pieces were both created specifically for this exhibit.

The exhibition forces viewers to challenge their perspectives of reality.

Lois Browne

SHAPE OF LIGHT: 100 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND ABSTRACT ART
Tate Modern, London SE1 9TG
Until 14 October £18 or free for members

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