Alex Hartley: Case Studies
Alex Hartley is primarily known for his glass encased photographs of gallery spaces, tower blocks and fictional architectural constructions. In this exhibition he pursues his dialogue with iconic modernist architecture. The centre piece of the exhibition is Case Study, which is Hartley's most ambitious work to date. This monumental installation takes a nine-meter slice through a steel and glass building and is based on the houses of the Californian Case Study Programme started in 1945. Encased in a giant wedge shaped frame of etched glass that inhibits our view Hartley has created a disorientating fictional space which both perplexes and seduces the viewer. The exhibition also includes Randomised Double Blind, a vibrantly coloured series of polished acrylic blocks which give the illusion of containing more space than their volume allows.