Inspired in part by the English Arts & Crafts Movement, John Ruskin and the late socialist writings of William Morris, the works in this exhibition engage in an aesthetic of ornate botanical design with leaves and branches that encircle the pipes outer layers. These sculptures create an atmosphere that lingers somewhere between a historical lament and a utopian ideal, where labour and a form of beauty overshadow function. The stand-alone works show no obvious beginning or end and suggest the possibility of new systems of flow and exchange.
David Thorpe lives and works in Berlin.
DAVID THORPE: UNDERGROUND
Exhibition Dates: September 4 – 22, 2019
21 Herald Street
London E2 6JT