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Rachel Howard: Repetition is Truth – Via Dolorosa at Newport Street Gallery until 28 May 2018

Religion, repetition, mortality and violence – particularly controlled violence – are enduring themes in Howard’s work. These fourteen, large-scale paintings are accompanied by a small 2005 study of Ali Shallal al-Qaisi, the Iraqi detainee who was photographed being subjected to torture at the hands of American soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison in 2003. When these now-infamous images of Ali Shallal al-Qaisi – hooded and standing on a box in a cruciform position – were released in 2004, Howard took particular note of the box. She explains: β€˜The box is almost like a plinth – I was thinking about the cross, the Crucifixion, and how it related to this box as a twenty-first century place of horror, humiliation and human rights atrocities, and I couldn’t help but connect the two.’ As one moves between the Stations, the box variously emerges, or appears almost submerged in the paint, before eventually vanishing. πŸ–Ό

In order to create these semi-abstract paintings the artist applied vast swathes of household gloss paint to the canvas. Howard allowed the pigment and varnish to separate in the paint can and then allowed gravity to influence the direction of the medium in its two forms, building layer upon layer of poured paint. The form of each painting was thus determined by a combination of the weight and viscosity of the paint, precision and chance.

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibition/rachel-howard-repetition-truth-via-dolorosa

Doors:
Tue - Sun 10am - 6pm

Location:
Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Price:
Free entry

Captain Linneaus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma 1854-1860 @ V&A / until 11th October 2015

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Open daily 10am–5.45pm
Fri 10am–10pm

@ V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry

www.vam.ac.uk

This captivating exhibition of the pioneering 19th-century British photographer Captain Linnaeus Tripe features over 60 of his most striking views of Indian and Burmese landscape and architecture, taken between 1852-1860. Through these early photographs, Tripe explored the possibilities of this new medium, showcasing and documenting archaeological sites, monuments and landscapes, rarely seen in the West. Tripe creates an impression of the world around him, combining the keen eye of a surveyor with the sensibilities of an artist, while giving testimony to his emerging skills as photographer.

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