The Shape of a City a new solo exhibition by the British artist Nathaniel Rackowe at Letitia Art Gallery taking the city of Beirut as a point of departure in order to investigate the ever-changing nature of cites, and their continual destruction and renewal.Reconnecting the viewer with the city by combining familiar parts into a new aesthetic, the artist uses industrial materials such as corrugated roofing, galvanized steel and cement blocks, and combines them with artificial light; used to soften the hard edges of the mass produced materials, allowing him to explore the ways in which urban dwellers must continually adapt their behavior in order to successfully negotiate the built landscape.
Installation view, Nathaniel Rackowe, The Shape of a City, Letitia Art Gallery
Nathaniel Rackowe said “Beirut, the city itself, has become the specific departure point for a new series of work. These sculptures and works on paper seek to explore the notion of a fleeting beauty that an urban environment can surprise us with, allowing me to combine a formal and spacial investigation with concepts of habitation, alienation, movement, and cognitive mapping.”“The Shape of a City” extends beyond the walls of Letitia Art Gallery with the installation of two large-scale public works, one situated in front of Le Gray Hotel and the other at the Khan Antoun Bey Square in downtown Beirut. The positioning of the sculptures in the context of the urban landscape, which inspires so much of Rackowe’s work, allows the pieces to take on new meaning in the context of the open space. Check it out here and the unveiling of Rackowe’s sculptures in Downtown Beirut here
The exhibit is on view at Letitia Gallery until August 25th 2018.