“A new social type was being created by the apartment building, a cool, unemotional personality impervious to the psychological pressures of high-rise life, with minimal needs for privacy, who thrived like an advanced species of machine in the neutral atmosphere.” (J.G. Ballard, High Rise, 1975). These images move around architecture like a surveillance camera. The angles are unexpected, and the viewer remains constantly at a distance. Zooming out of view, staircases, pathways and Brutalist balconies begin to appear like model constructions. They present the characteristics of a new, urbanised world not unlike the projected descriptions in High Rise. Aleksander Małachowski (b. 1994) is Warsaw-based, working at the intersection of photography, geometry and symmetry. His minimal images focus on the spaces that we inhabit, walk through, climb up and nestle into. The works evoke a sense of vertigo as viewers hover above the buildings. instagram.com/hashtagalek.
Intimacy with Nature
Mimi Cherono Ng’ok shows an interest in botanical cultures, from the glossy green foliage of tropical plants to floral patterns on a bedsheet.
Extraordinary showcases the innovative work of graduands from Leeds College of Art. The college’s buildings become large-scale exhibition spaces this June.