Inspired by our unique neighbourhood, artist Kevin Killen presents Senses of Light, an exhibition in Exchange House and beyond, showcasing a visual interpretation of Broadgate’s vibrant energy designed to light up the winter months. The exhibition will be evolving in its space from mid November to March 2019. Read our brilliant Q&A with Kevin here.
About the art
Following a night-time photography and audio recording session of nearby Bishopsgate and beyond, Killen translated the images and sounds into a series of energising light drawings. The resulting cartographic works on paper offer traces of the routes undertaken by road users and pedestrians at particular moments.
Referring directly to these glimpses of subtle movement, Killen subsequently designed two bespoke kinetic sculptures for Broadgate which, through their neon pulses and linear form, capture snapshots of transitory activity and map the journeys taken daily by people in and around our spaces.
Where to see them
Clearly visible from the surrounding walkways of Exchange House, Lux offers a delicate three-dimensional glasswork interpretation of Broadgate’s rhythm and sound. Modular in composition, these two sculptures relate directly to the routes surrounding campus, encouraging the viewer to pause and absorb their energy, while being immersed in their restorative glow.
Across the road, at 201 Bishopsgate and L1 of The Broadgate Tower, Killen will showcase preparatory models alongside Pathways:Broadgate, the sequence of light drawings on which Lux is based.
In addition, on L2 of the Broadgate Tower, viewers can enjoy an insight into the working practice of the artist through a series of studio photographs by Simon Mills.
About the artist
Born in 1977 in Belfast, Kevin Killen studied at University for Creative Arts in Surrey, graduating with BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 1999, followed by specialist neon training in Dallas, Texas. Recent solo commissions include Artificial Sunlight for The National Trust at The Argory in Armagh during May 2018. Numerous exhibitions of his artwork have been presented, notably with London’s Sculpture in the City during 2017. For more information, visit kevinkillen.com.
Kevin Killen photographed by Simon Mills (below)
Senses of Light has been produced and curated by Broadgate’s Art Curator, Rosie Glenn (rosieglenn.co.uk).
Viewings of the artwork are available 10am-4pm each weekday. To ensure ease of access on arrival at Exchange House, 201 Bishopsgate and The Broadgate Tower, please confirm your visit by email to Broadgate's art curator Rosie Glenn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Senses of Light photos by Brendan Bell and Luca Piffaretti