Category: Exhibition

Benjamin Murphy opens 5th solo exhibition, Lavish Entropy with Delphian Gallery.

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The private view for our next show Lavish Entropy by Benjamin Murphy will open on the 10th of July.

Murphy is an internationally exhibited artist who is most well-known for creating darkly alluring monochromatic, figurative, line-drawings using the esoteric medium of electrical tape. His process involves cutting the black tape and affixing it upon glass, to create detailed and elaborate portraits.

Much of the work is made in Murphy’s signature style, that of painting using only black electrical tape on glass. For the past year, Murphy has been working on some new 3D tape paintings, by creating the images on three separate panes of glass, and housing them all within one frame, with a gap in between each. When the viewer moves around the works, a parallax shift effect gives the works depth.  This show will bring together the diverse parts of his practice, including some of his hand-stitched paper drawings alongside his more typical tape paintings. Benjamin has also been experimenting with ceramics, and the disordered naivety of these contrasts perfectly with the meticulous preciseness of his other works.

detail image from riot a tape art piece by Benjamin Murphy from the lavish entropy exhibition at delphian gallery.

Detail from ‘Riot’ by Benjamin Murphy

The work is inspired by the classic literature Murphy read as research for his first play Flowering Desolation, completed in early 2018. French Naturalism and Literary Modernism are major influences, with the works of Marcel Proust playing an especially important part. The exhibition opens on what would have been Proust’s 147th birthday.

As well as his other works, Lavish Entropy will include a single page from Flowering Desolation, which has never been seen by the public.

Quickly following the close of Lavish Entropy, Murphy will be exhibiting at The Saatchi Gallery for a second time, showing a screenprint of one of the key pieces in Lavish Entropy.

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Exhibition Details

Private view – 10 July 18:30 – 22:00

Exhibition runs – 11 – 15 July


Carson Lancaster – Lost Coast opening night

Thank you to everyone who came to the opening night of Lost Coast by Carson Lancaster. It was a great night! Also a big thanks to Camden Town Brewery for kindly providing the beers and keeping everyone refreshed.

The exhibition runs until the 24th January and is open 9-7 Monday to Friday. Find out all about the work on show here.

Limited edition prints of selected works are available in the Delphian Store.

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Lost Coast Private View

Come and join us for the private view of Carson Lancaster’s new show Lost Coast on Thursday the 11th January.

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Lost Coast by Carson Lancaster is a photographic essay about the most undeveloped and remote portion of the California coastline. In May 2017, the photographer undertook a journey with his two older brothers along the wild and raw coastline for his 30th birthday. This debut London exhibition will be the first time in which the deeply personal project has been seen.

Carson Lancaster Delphian Gallery Lost Coast

Carson Lancaster is known for shooting primarily in analogue and then rigorously documenting that process. This exhibition interrogates various forms of materiality through the process of photography, whilst also exploring the materiality of the desolate landscape. Lost Coast is returned to its original state with only remnants of modernity fading away as abandoned cars and crumbling buildings sink into its sandy shores. The nostalgic pilgrimage with brothers to this space reclaimed by mother nature reveals the desire for humanity’s return to the same condition. Passing time, intimacy, life, and death are all themes hinting at the anxieties which trouble the modern world.

Lost Coast asks us to consider moments forgotten or moments that could have been, encouraging us to embrace our vulnerability in seizing adventure.

Carson Lancaster Delphian Gallery Lost Coast

All images © Carson Lancaster 

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The Public Poetry of Robert Montgomery

It’s impossible to miss Robert Montgomery’s work. The Scottish-born conceptual artist and poet has been featured on public advertising billboards, had impressive light installations, and his words have been set on fire in beautiful settings with his emotionally-charged romantic poetry.

“What interests me in working anonymously is that people encounter it without knowing its art”, Robert says. “They know it’s not advertising, and it’s not graffiti either and they do not need an art history knowledge to read it. I’m super-interested in the ordinary person at the bus stop getting on the bus to their job every day and suddenly seeing this weird text. I’m interested in reaching those people. They are my primary audience.”

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He was recently featured in the BBC4 documentary “Who’s Afraid of Conceptual Art” and in November 2016 he was announced as a shortlisted artist for the National Holocaust Memorial in London. Montgomery is opening a new exhibition at Crave Gallery: ‘Year of the Propaganda Corrupted Plebiscites’ in London from 8th December – 13th December with new work from recent international Biennales and public art festivals.

Join us on December 8th for the private view of ‘Year of the Propaganda Corrupted Plebiscites,’ the exhibition is open from 8th December – 14th December.

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Dougie Wallace Well Heeled Sunday Times magazine

Dougie Wallace’s current exhibition Well Heeled featured in the Sunday Times Magazine this weekend in an 8-page spread.

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The Times offer the comment on Dougie’s social documentary project: “A new Style of Street Photography has emerged, focusing on the pampered pooches of wealthy owners. The Photographer Dougie Wallace is the leader of the pack.”

Dougie Wallace’s Well Heeled exhibition closes on 22nd November, entry is free.
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9am – 7pm.

View Dougie’s exhibition profile here with strictly limited edition fine art prints available to purchase:

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Upcoming Exhibition: Dougie Wallace Well Heeled

Well Heeled is the latest of Dougie’s keen-eyed social documentary projects. In this, he once again presents a humorous, alternative perspective on an aspect of contemporary culture by focussing on one of our most familiar companions. Dogs.

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Well Heeled marks a change from Wallace’s prior projects; Shoreditch Wildlife – Road Wallah – Stags, Hens & Bunnies. Dougie had enough of getting chased down the road and told to delete the picture he’s just taken; his next move has seen him turn his camera on man’s best friend and the strange world of pet parents. Dogs don’t talk back and their owners stand by with pleasure while their ‘offspring’ leap around enjoying being snapped. Anthropomorphic parents spend as much on pet grooming as they would on their own hair. Dougie Wallace has used his acute observation and innate wit to portray this phenomenon in his new series Well Heeled. Wallace’s dogs have human expressions, humorous thoughts and collude with the viewer with knowing eyes to camera.

Well Heeled captures details in a dog’s eye view that humans wouldn’t normally see. Behind the coiffured and pampered ‘children in fur coats’ the focus is on their claws, their paw pads, their incisors, drool drenched beards and watery eyes. Their canine traits erupt throughout the photographs and leave the viewer in no doubt that they are animals who would rather be chasing rabbits in a field and chewing bones than getting carried about wearing a Swarovski crystal encrusted collars and Louis Vuitton lead.

Dougie Wallace will present Well Heeled at Crave Gallery in November 2016, the exhibition will showcase the highlights from the project printed using Chromira C-Type Matt fine art paper, mounted in large scale formats, with many in larger-than-life size for maximum impact.

Join us for unveiling of Well Heeled at the official Private View on Thursday 17th November, from 7.30 – 10pm.

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A series of photographs that explore the boundaries of perception

Documentary photographer Edward Thompson uses infrared film to go beyond the limits of the human eye, and uncover the invisible.

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What if you could see the invisible? In 1989, Pluckley, Kent, was awarded the Guinness Book of Records title of Britain’s most haunted village; fascinated by the supernatural activity of the area and pondering ways he might capture the spirits, documentary photographer Edward Thompson came across writings that suggested ghosts could be caught on camera using infrared film. That was 2010, and after a remarkable personal photographic pursuit, armed with as much of the dead-stock film he could find. The results have been published in a beautiful 266-page hardcover book, with limited edition fine art prints available from Crave Gallery.

Thompson’s documenting of Pluckley’s spooky spirituality would form the 2011 series The Village— shot using six rolls of medium format Kodak Aerochrome film — but it was the ensuing curiosity of the film’s origins that has seen Thompson travel the world to look at a series of scenes and situations through a very different lens.

One of the original purposes of infrared photography was to document crops post-flood from the air; in After the Flood, Thompson turns that on its head, getting on the ground and capturing the everyday lives of the people directly affected. Having covered environmental issues throughout his acclaimed career, Thompson shot the world’s most radioactive forest, in the Ukrainian town of ‘Pripyat’ close to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the devastating event which has left its solemn mark on the plant life and surroundings in the area.

The City (2014) saw Thompson turn his infrared film on the effects of pollution in London, and capturing nature’s threatened wonder in Hellir (2016) depicting melting glacial ice caves.

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