Velorose’s inaugural exhibition A Ribbon In Space, featuring photographs by Liam Leslie, transfers to Glasgow’s centre for design and architecture, The Lighthouse. This exhibition features eight exquisite black and white abstract photographs of the MAXXI building in Rome. All works are for sale via Velorose.
‘Like a ribbon in space’ is how Jonathan Glancey quoted the late architect Zaha Hadid’s own description of the curves and planes of MAXXI, the museum of art and architecture that she designed for the Flaminio district in Rome. Opened in 2010, it is widely regarded as one of the defining works of her career; it was awarded the UK’s highest accolade for architecture, the Stirling Prize.
Scotland played a key role in the development of Hadid’s career; her first major project in the UK was Maggie’s Centre in Kircaldy, and her first major public sector commission, The Riverside Museum, is located at Pointhouse Quay in Glasgow.
Liam Leslie’s sensitive eye presents a building that houses art, as art rather than as architecture. Concrete becomes abstract, earthly becomes ethereal, and all sense of scale disappears. These photographs bring to mind the radical compositions of Hadid’s hero from the world of 20th century art, Kazimir Malevich.
These photographs have been hand printed by the artist using traditional photographic techniques, resulting in each image having its own unique characteristics.