This month being “The London Festival of Architecture” I have enjoyed a few trips to London, indulged in taking some architecturally scented photographs and went to see a couple of shows.
That’s when I spotted “Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings” at Somerset House. Initially I went to the Strand to see the Blumenfeld show and I was quite intrigued when I came across the immense prints of Hélène Binet in the nearby rooms. I extended my stay in London to absorb their graphic mood and delicate quality.
This show is worth seeing if you cherish simplicity, large format and have a sense for architectural treasures. With 7 of the churches still in tact the show covers a variety of views and angles. “The key distinguishing features of these churches are their spires, each designed with different qualities and motifs.” Although Hawksmoor’s work was considered “radical and contemporary in its day”, Binet’s prints are classically B/W and less radical, however, they do possess a contemporary timeless quality.
The exhibition is curated by Mohsen Mostafavi, Dean of Harvard University School of Design. It is on till the end of Sepetember: