The mordenist ruin of London's Victoria Miro Gallery

The modernist ruin of London’s Victoria Miro Gallery

The mordenist ruin created by the British artist Alex Hartley, was installed in the gardens of London’s Victoria Miro Gallery. Named as A Gentle Collapsing II, this projects was design to resemble an abandoned and decaying modernist building. The installation was specifically designed for the gallery’s canal-side garden and intended to present “a situation of ambiguous cause and uncertain outcome”.

The mordenist ruin of London's Victoria Miro Gallery

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“The work offers poignant reflection on themes of entropy and decay,” said Victoria Miro gallery. “It is, in some ways, emblematic of a wider collapsing – of ideals or even spirit.”

The mordenist ruin of London's Victoria Miro Gallery

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“Running contrary to such thoughts, however, is the undeniable aesthetic pleasure we find in ruins – their compelling, transportative quality”.

The mordenist ruin of London's Victoria Miro Gallery

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“In this sense, A Gentle Collapsing II becomes a kind of time machine that frees the mind to wander, gently collapsing or dislocating a sense of linear time as it does so.” “The projects is part of  Hartley’s After You Left exhibition, and it’s sinking into the waters of the Wenlock Basin, a part of Regent’s canal that reaches behind Victoria Miro gallery.

The mordenist ruin of London's Victoria Miro Gallery

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Internal walls are exposed to the elements, with plaster fallen away to reveal brickwork. The remains of a staircase are open to the sky, and windows are missing their panes.

The mordenist ruin of London's Victoria Miro Gallery

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Inside the gallery, further architectural fragments – which appear to have been rescued from the installation – are displayed alongside a set of blurry black and white photographs of modernist buildings taken by Hartley in California.

The mordenist ruin of London

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