As part of our London Design Festival calendar, Building Text is a free solo exhibition of word- and design-inspired artworks by Manchester-based Elisa Artesero which is on show over three Broadgate locations from now until 26 October.
Here Broadgate’s art curator Rosie Glenn takes us on tour of the exhibition:
“An artist, designer and writer, Elisa weaves her poetic wording and design-led creativity into every aspect of the exhibition, which is presented through a series of mixed media sculptures, photography and works on paper.
Taking direct inspiration from Broadgate’s iconic architectural structures, Elisa has created a body of new work which combines her architectural and text interests with more ethereal themes such as the planets and the world of dreams.
Employing the perfect proportions of Helvetica Bold’s font, Elisa creates repeated patterns and phrases which echo throughout the exhibition, encouraging the viewer to make new connections between the artworks and their phrases.
Start at Exchange House
The Primrose Street atrium is showcasing Elisa’s octagonal site-responsive installation of her large-scale sculpture, Maze Of Dreams. Exploring the theme of transience, this artwork is a visual interpretation of Elisa’s ephemeral poetry, the lines and phrases, “Nothing here but echoes of footsteps that follow the path of dreams” resonating throughout the artwork’s labyrinthic configuration and reflecting within the surrounding windows to create a maze of words and a striking graphic design impact.
Clearly visible from the surrounding walkways, Maze Of Dreams encourages the viewer to make new connections between Elisa’s words as they seemingly float in and out of focus within their two-tier format.
Head to 201 Bishopsgate
Step inside to view a series of Elisa’s new laser-cut Perspex sculptures, inspired directly by the iconic architecture in and around Broadgate. These luminous three-dimensional pieces were conceived and constructed using a slotting system during summer 2018. Balanced and precise in form, proportion and colour, these reflective structures offer an insight into Elisa’s practice, and the way in which she introduces formal design-led elements into her oeuvre. Shown alongside these sculptures is a sequence of Elisa’s recent laser-cut works on paper. Titled Opacity Of Dreams and We Fall As Stars, these seemingly delicate artworks are striking and bold renditions of her poetic writings.
Broadgate Tower reception
Just across the Plaza, see Elisa’s scale model for Maze of Dreams in an alternative pathway configuration. Move upstairs to level one and see her graphic artworks on paper, including a series titled In The Wisdom Of Moonlight; here Elisa artfully combines graphic schemes with her subtle and lyrical poetry, the circular format lending a gentle cadence to the readers’ enjoyment of her language. Upstairs on level two, the exhibition explores the artist’s recent photography, in which lines of poetry, created through a series of projections, are glimpsed on everyday, and often, transient objects and scenes.
Take time to pause and reflect on Marigold Wishes and Magic Rests Here and enjoy the fleeting views captured by Elisa during a recent visit to Spain. Further along, and through the barriers, level two provides another opportunity to see additional cut-out work by Elisa; this time, small-scale and intimate pieces have been created from found paper such as graphs, maps and books onto which she has designed, painted and printed her own poetic annotations.”
Viewings are available 10am-4pm each weekday. To ensure ease of access on arrival please confirm your visit by email to Broadgate's art curator Rosie Glenn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more details visit our events page here or see elisaartesero.com. Follow Elisa @ElisaArtesero. Building Text is produced and curated by Broadgate’s Art Curator, Rosie Glenn (rosieglenn.co.uk). Photography by Stephen Iles
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