Architecture across the country from the 60s/70s is being demolished left right and centre, artist Michael James Lewis believes an entire decade of architecture is being irrevocably erased from public memory and existence.
The exhibition titled “A Love Letter for Allan Cooke” examines the architecture of Anglia Square in Norwich in the form of a series of drawings and films which are presented in the form of an argument. It is as though Michael James Lewis is pushing us to consider the wider issues associated with demolishing the recent past and collective memory and space buildings hold in our minds.
Architecture encompasses the power to harbour mutual public taste and opinion of its time, this emotion is reflected in Lewis’s use of line in the construction of a series of drawings of Anglia Square. There is a sense that although the artist has the power to erase their own lines in the drawing, they hold little power over the erasure of the lines of architecture.
One of the videos/films in the exhibition titled “Tempestuous Neurology” explores the layering of information and fragmentation of perception to create a distortion of reality. At the core of the footage in the film are documents of brutalist architecture, whilst the second video/film “A Love Letter for Allan Cooke” uses archival photographs of Anglia Square. By manipulating the imagery a sense of a distortion of space is generated as an overwhelming feeling of anxiety of the buildings future is constructed, see below for the video:
A Love Letter for Allan Cooke runs at Norwich Arts Centre until the 20th December, 2014.