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Fractured Landscapes by Nathaniel Rackowe

Until the 4th of November, the third solo exhibition of London-based artist Nathaniel Rackowe “Fractured Landscapes” is being held in the art gallery Lawrie Shabibi.

Rackowe is well known for his installations and sculptural works combining light and structure to explore our relationship with the urban environment. His large-scale architectural structures and light sculptures are designed to recreate the experience of being in the city. His works are abstracted impressions of today’s urban and rural environment.

Nathaniel Rackowe, FL06. Coretex GRP, dichroic film, paint, MDF. 120 x 240 x 7 cm. 47 1/4 x 94 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Lawrie Shabibi

Nathaniel Rackowe is deeply influenced by Modernism. In his creations he uses the mass manufactured products of that era – strip lights, metal, corrugated plastics, concrete, scaffolding – to recreate the collective experience and visual sensations of urban contemporary life.

The new show entitled “Fractured Landscapes” extends the artist’s interest in the urban environment and light. He explores the way how the light moves, reflects on the surfaces and transforms the objects and surroundings.

Nathaniel Rackowe, FL08, 2022. Coretex GRP, dichroic film, paint, MDF. 32 x 60 x 7 cm. 12 5/8 x 23 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Lawrie Shabibi

“Fractured Landscapes” is the continuation of his work Expanded Landscapes (2022) which was commissioned for this year’s Canary Wharf Summer Lights Festival. In his new wall sculptures Nathaniel Rackowe uses aluminium honeycomb GRP sheets which are layered with dichroic film that bends the colour of light as one moves around them.

The title of the exhibition is inspired by a passage in Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Nathaniel Rackowe was born in the UK in 1975 and graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with an MFA in sculpture. Lives and works in London, UK.

Nathaniel Rackowe, FL04, 2022. Coretex GRP, dichroic film, paint, MDF. 60 x 110 x 6 cm. 23 5/8 x 43 1/4 x 2 3/8 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Lawrie Shabibi

The last three years solo and group shows include Summer Lights Festival, Canary Wharf, London, 2022; The Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 2022; Folly at Tremenheere Sculpture Park, London, UK, 2022; Passing Through, Fold Gallery, Fitzrovia, London, UK, 2021. EVI Lichtungen, Light Art Festival, Hildesheim, Germany, 2020; EVI Lichtungen, Light Art Festival, Hildesheim, Germany, 2020; Lightkeepers, S12 Gallery, Bergen, Norway, 2020; Luminous Territories solo, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai, UAE, 2019

His works are in notable public and private collections including Ventes Privées, Paris, France; Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), Tasmania, Australia; CIFO (Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation), Miami, FL, USA; Jumex Collection, Mexico City, Mexico; Museum of Modern Art, Lima, Peru; LVMH Collection, Paris, France; David Roberts Collection, London, UK; UK Government Art Collection, London, UK.

To learn more, please visit the official web page of the exhibition.

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