London focuses on the four London projects to date by renowned Portuguese artist Pedro Cabrita Reis, at Haunch of Venison and the Frieze Art Fair in 2005, Camden Arts Centre in 2004 and Pearl Projects in 2003.
Reis is interested in man’s relationship to architecture and the fabricated environments in which we live. The exhibition included three sculptures and a group of five large scale monochrome paintings in sombre dark colours presented behind glass, creating perspectival boxes that reflect the room in which they are sited. On close inspection the monochrome fabric makes its material presence felt and the viewer’s gaze flits between seeing their own image and the work’s materiality.
Included is a conversation between the artist and David Batchelor, and a major new essay by art critic Sarah Kent. Pedro Cabrita Reis (b.1956) represented Portugal at the 2003 Venice Biennale.