from march 9 – april 15, london’s anise gallery hosts an exhibition of architectural photography based on themes surrounding the ancient symbolism of ‘sacred geometries’. aligning this topic with twenty-first century realities like social media, and search engines, the show looks at the ways in which the world’s most sophisticated geometries can be best captured. bringing together an international roster of photographers — dennis gilbert, doublespace, fernando guerra, hélène binet, hufton + crow, jim stephenson and john maclean — the exhibition explores the aesthetic power of geometry in relation to the built environment.

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image by fernando guerra: MAAT museum in portugal by amanda levete

 

 

the exhibition at anise gallery, organized in collaboration with miniclick and sponsored by metro imaging, looks at the long and complex history of ‘sacred geometries’. these universal symbols have a purpose that extends beyond aesthetics, and are viewed as the marriage of mathematics, nature and spirituality. the images on view seek to create a visual study of sacred geometries and their relationship to photography today, particularly considering the use of digital manipulation and embellishment. do ‘sacred geometries’  risk losing their aesthetic power and meaning, as products of the artist’s ideas? a highly appealing aspect of photography has always been its ability to depict its subject matter true-to-life; yet in a world of post-production and filters, the exhibition looks at how the two might actually come together — here, from an architectural point of view.

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image by fernando guerra: MAAT museum in portugal by amanda levete

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image by hufton + crow: switch house by herzog and de meuron

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image by hufton + crow: the oculus by santiago calatrava

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image by john maclean: valentino exhibit at somerset house

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image by john maclean: maggie’s centre in scotland by zaha hadid architects

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image by doublespace:
the isabel bader centre for performing arts at queen’s university in kingston, ontario, by snohetta

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image by doublespace:
anne-marie edward science building at CEGEP john abbott college in montreal, quebec, by saucier + perrotte

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image by jim stephenson: whitworth gallery

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image by paul raftery: st. stephens church

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image by dennis gilbert: battersea

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image by dennis gilbert: LSE student centre by o’donnell + tuomey architects

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