Exhibition explores ideas of utopia in Broadmead

Issue date: 27 October 2005

Exhibition explores ideas of utopia in Broadmead
Plan 9 Gallery, Broadmead, 30 October to 19 November 2005

Jonathan Mosley, an artist and architect who lectures at the University of the West of England, has teamed up with Fine Art Sculptor, Sophie Warren, to create a timely installation entitled ‘Blue Sky Thinking’ at Plan 9 Gallery in Broadmead that explores ideas of utopia against the reality of where we really live.

The exhibition is an installation of an imaginary model world constructed within an empty shop in Broadmead that has been renamed Plan 9 Gallery due to be demolished for city centre redevelopment.

Jonathan Mosley said, “'Blue Sky Thinking' brings the remains of a consumer age into a playful collision with the utopian and the architectural.

“The exhibition is about the design and aspirations for cities and suburbs, exploring ideas of utopia against the reality of places where we live. The entire show is constructed from cardboard boxes of domestic products. Plan 9 Gallery and most of Broadmead will be demolished and redeveloped so the ideas of the exhibition are particularly relevant to the local area as well as being relevant to most schemes of development.”

”Three grids act as tectonic plates for three landscapes. One holds a city of towers, one the extremes of suburbia, one a sublime mountainous terrain. Discarded cardboard boxes of consumer goods are adapted into modular building blocks and stacked to form expansive vertical and horizontal landscapes. The buildings are fragmented compositions of text, logos and brand imagery. The blue of light or sky catches the surface of the towers and slips across the city panoramic, revealing an urban landscape built on the leftovers of commerce. The installation both reflects an image of the way we live and questions our desires and aspirations for the architecture around us.”

'Blue Sky Thinking' is the third piece in a body of new work which has been informed by a research visit to Mexico City in 2003. The research trip was supported by the University of the West of England, Faculty of the Built Environment.

Influenced by their experiences of architectural space and how it is articulated by the figure, Sophie Warren and Jonathan Mosley collaborate on projects that respond to place and context through architecture, intervention and gallery based installation. Their work has been exhibited locally and internationally, and has been reviewed in both architectural and art journals.

Sophie Warren was trained in Fine Art Sculpture and has worked both individually and in collaboration with performance artists. Jonathan Mosley was trained as an architect and has practiced as both an architect and artist. He currently teaches architecture and urbanism at the University of the West of England. They have been collaborating since 2000.

The exhibition takes place at Plan 9, 17-19 Penn Street, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3AW www.plan9.org.uk. The preview is on Saturday 29th October 18.00 to 21.00 and the exhibition goes on general view from 30 October - 19 November 2005 with doors open on Saturday 5,12, and 19 November from 12.00 to 18.00.


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