This year photographer Yangchen Lin helps celebrate the London Underground’s 150th birthday with an exhibition of photographs documenting the function and form of this iconic transport behemoth.
The Tube has been capturing the attention of photographers for decades. In the 1930’s David Savill shot black and white images of pristine carriages and smartly dressed commuters; today Yangchen captures the colourful chaos of the man-machine relationship and the daily mayhem it creates.
Lin explains: My first ever ride on the Underground was on a short visit to London in 2004, starting rather curiously at Ravenscourt Park station… Only in 2009 did I again ride on the Underground, and we began dating in earnest from then on. My relationship with her is rather cliche. I simply fell in love with a historical and engineering marvel that sucked me in wherever I was and spit me out wherever I wished to go, fast, with endless variety bombarding your five senses along the way.
Yangchen is a PhD student at the University of Cambridge who uses photography to unite his passion for both science and art. A self-proclaimed “photographic explorer”, he uses the medium to investigate and appreciate the diversity of the world around him.
His studies in ecology have sparked a keen interest in how beings interact within certain environments, but Tube=2πr×h is more than a record of commuters and their behaviour, it’s about the quirks and charisma of the system itself.
This exhibition is the grand culmination of Yangchen’s lengthy immersion in the physical and spiritual beauty of the London Underground. Showing concurrently to other celebratory exhibitions (including Mark Wallinger’s Labyrinth in Tube stations throughout London), the project pays tribute to an engineering marvel that revolutionised London and inspired transport projects across the world.
Tube=2πr×h can be seen at The Strand Gallery from March 26th to April 6th.
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Having only recently graduated from the Camberwell College of Art, Tristan Pigott’s work is already attracting much critical attention. As one of the seven emerging artists selected by The Art Investor to exhibit at The Strand Gallery, his unique paintings explore human behaviour with a surreal twist.
Pigott takes insparation from the everyday, carefully selecting subjects from his own social circle. Within the painting, these characters inhabit the space between the surreal and uncomfortably hyper-real. Like the composite photographs of Loretta Lux, these faces disturb, awakening an innate suspicion of that which too closely mimics us, without being one of us.
These images are relateable yet also unnatural – with distorted proportions and over-defined muscles in muted tones. Pigott’s colour choices may appear somber yet these paintings are far from bleak; an underlying thread of dark humour can be found in the subtle gestures and poses.
Pigott is currently working on a new series of paintings, turning his unique style towards issues of celebrity. He explains:
“The paintings I’m working on continue in a similar vein looking at portraying a person’s “front”. In these new paintings the starting point has been to look at people’s interest in celebrity and how when someone dies it’s a race to see who can make a joke quickest with social media magnifying and twisting the jokes. “
The Art Investor’s Seven Artists exhibition runs at The Strand Gallery between March 19th -23rd.
The Strand Gallery has teamed up with The Art-Investor to bring you the work of seven emerging talents in the form of Eun youg Choi, Zichao Hou, Mark Michael, Tristan Pigott, Joe Warrior Walker, Raf Zawistowski and Yuewei Vivien Zhang. This collective of international artists have been hand selected by The Art-Investor so be sure to catch these bright young things later on this month.
Zichao Hou – Hidden in Dark
Tristan Pigott – Dirty Table
Raf Zawistowski – Eden #2
Joe Warrior Walker – Scaffold
Seven Artists runs at The Strand Gallery between 19th – 23rd March
Further information on The Art-Investor can be found here.
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