Piper Building Arts is a platform for initiatives, activities and events which benefit and belong to the community of The Piper Building.
EXHIBITION 15 Sept-15 Nov 2019
Piper Building Arts is honoured to show the work of an art-world contemporary of John Piper himself. Richard Allan became one of the most prominent names in fashion design in the 60’s.
With a passion for decadent colour and bold vibrant pattern Allan is considered one of the 60’s London fashion scene’s most influential designers. His iconic flamboyant silk scarves became much more than simply accessories, they became coveted objet d’art. His distinctive style and designs gained avid devotees across generations in London, Paris and New York, from bohemian hippies through to the Royal Family, and leading French couturiers such as Yves St Laurent and Schiaparelli. Allan’s playful style and inspirational personality resonates throughout his work. Mid-century London was a hotbed of creative innovation, cultural and aesthetic revolution and his designs were radically new, to become contemporary classics that reflect that bright ambitious artistic era. A vivacious and flamboyant style as relevant and captivating today as it was when conceived 60 years ago.
Allan’s works naturally complement the work of John Piper, and so what better place to celebrate 60’s art and design than here in our iconic mid century building with it’s original foyer gallery.
Photographer and adventurer TIM TAYLOR ’s passion lies in exploring and photographing the remote regions of our planet, combining science, art and adventure. He has been the official photographer on a number of major pioneering expeditions. The images in this exhibition are from 2014 mission to climb the worlds fifth highest mountain in the Himalayas, Makalu (8463m), via the South East Ridge.
With camera, in extreme environments, he endeavours to capture the vastness of nature and the fleeting presence of humankind
in the landscape. The drama, silence and stillness in the high-definition, fine-art prints is simply astounding.
These are extraordinary photographs of extraordinary places.
Scottish artist PAUL CADDEN is renowned for his hyperrealistic pencil works. His drawings are not only intricate works of art that look like black and white photographs but go beyond with a deeper view of the ordinary and everyday. For Cadden, hyperrealism is about more than representing reality in a new medium. It is, instead, about creating the illusion of a new reality that merges a believable, life-like appearance with emotional, social, cultural, and political themes.
To create such imagery he uses a variety of tools; a jewellers magnifying glass enabling him to add the most meticulous detail, metal and paper stencils for precision, paper blenders, and for detail, electric erasers and pencils ranging from 4H to 2B. Each drawing takes between two to six weeks to complete, depending on the detail and size of the piece.
For more information on Paul Cadden visit plusonegallery.com
This exhibition has been generously supported by Maggie Bollaert and Colin Petit.
Harriet Brocket / Kenny Laurenson / Gavin Aldred
INVISIBLE CITY explores the context in which an artist will often view the world around them, they find a perspective that may be invisible to a passive glance. Gavin Aldred seeks out the random complexity of street art and the compelling scrapbook textures that naturally evolve. Kenny Laurenson brings an entirely new context to classical statues, bringing them a new life whilst playing upon their allegorical meaning. Harriet Brocket presents a passing glimpse of worldwide cities that may no longer even exist, captured moments in places that disappear… beyond invisible.
Harriet Brocket’s passion for photography started at a young age and was heavily influenced by travel with her family. After successfully completing a degree in Languages for Business she made her first solo trip around the globe in 1993. Her numerous journeys to exotic locations as a photojournalist have all contributed to the body of her work over the years. Brocket’s images are atmospheric, thought provoking and evocative. Her use of light and composition creates an immediate intimacy between viewer and subject. Within this collection, Brocket shows views or buildings which now no longer exist, buildings that themselves hide people to make them invisible, that use camoflage to be something other than they may appear to be or, beyond which, one can only imagine…
Kenny Laurenson has been involved in art, design, music and photography since graduating from London’s Ravensbourne School of Art in 1987. His photomontage series ‘Statuesque’ expresses his long fascination with perception. “Statues in cities are almost invisible yet they depict powerful stories and characters from an era when visual information was so rare. Statues have gravity, beauty, craft and hold an eternal value. I endeavour to bring them new context, new life, new perspective”. Laurenson takes a traditional dark room approach, a crafted ‘dodge and burn’ technique, utilising digital technology. Artworks are available as archival reverse prints onto aluminium or digital c-type prints all of exceptional quality.
Gavin Aldred has for over 25 years lived a dual existence as a fashion retail entrepreneur and artist – musician, painter and photographer. It is his work from the latter of these activities that features in Invisible City. These images represent a tiny fraction of the thousands he has taken of street art in cities from every major continent of the world. Eschewing tourist sites for the back streets where the real inhabitants of a city live, he catalogues the more subversive and ephemeral elements of their urban environment. From the overtly political to the weird and whimsical, the images represent the dreams and desires of the not-so-common minds of unsung local artists in both visual arresting and often technically brilliant ways.
Invisible City 2015 was generously supported by
About Piper Building Arts
Piper Building Arts was founded by residents as a catalyst to inspire and facilitate events by and for a community with art and culture at its heart. We are fortunate in that such initiatives are only possible in a building such as this, with a distinctly creative personality, and remarkable spaces.
With 72 luxury apartments and over 100,000 sq ft of commercial enterprise The Piper Building is a truly unique development. A building steeped in art and architectural credentials from John Piper’s dramatic murals on entering to original 1960’s modernist architectural features and authentic loft spaces. The Piper Building is proudly gaining a deserved reputation as South West London’s unique and distinctive mid century icon.
The Piper Building Arts initiative was launched in 2015 with the exhibition 'Invisible City'.
The foyer provides a 2,000 sq ft private gallery space that from time to time provides the perfect venue for resident based events.
We welcome ideas, proposals and suggestions from all residents for future Piper Building Arts initiatives.
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