Bar for the Future

Bar for the Future

19 May 2014 — 12 July 2014

19 May 2014 — 12 Jul 2014

Bar for the Future

The utopia and dystopia of modern architecture makes us think about the realities of its creation, upheaval, confusion and disorder. This in mind, Belmacz new collective exhibition explores the cross-pollination of architectural possibilities; works and concepts from the last century to the present day.


Julia Muggenburg of Belmacz found a book of poetry written in Cape Cod between 1974 – 1990 by the late Serge Chermayeff, the Russian architect renowned for his radical modernist buildings like De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea constructed in 1935 and Cohen House, London. This became the inspiration for Belmacz to invite artists of various backgrounds into the Mayfair space to find points of intersection between late and contemporary architects and artists working with various media.



Striking millinery created by Stephen Jones to Eduardo Kac’s Transgenic Art: the engineered Plantimal Edunia, a plant that contains Kac’s own DNA are on show.


Tom Humphreys’ ceramic plates reference urban passers by, operating in a ‘realm of flux’. For this show, as a counterpoint, John Wallbank, presents sculptures that border on megalomania and echo architectural large scale models.


In her Politics of Bricolage, Rome, Alison Crawshaw examines architectural references of Dystopian suburbia. This particular project was shown at the 13th annual Venice Architecture Biennale in 2012 and Belmacz is proud to present Crawshaw’s work in London for the first time.


At an undisclosed time, the architectural model of the Dag Hammarsjkold tower in New York will explode, is the concept behind Heywood & Condie’s piece 321.  The fallout is a disintegration and dispersal of plant seeds into the ground below. Another new sculptural work by the artists provides visual dimension to endangered and extinct British wild flowers.


Their work is addressed in the visions of Alan Boutwell on which he worked with Mike Mitchell titled Continuous city for 1.000.000 human. Beings. In: Domus 470, Milan, 1969.


Jason Oddy’s unimaginable photographs of Silicon Valley sit opposite Ashley Simone’s photographs of the reconstructed Barcelona Pavilion in 1986 of Mies van der Rohe juxtaposed with Ashley’s own New York studio/condominium.


Guilherme Dable’s site specific piece is based on a Cobogó, or ceramic sun shade, originally made of cement, a kind of brise-soleil, in 1929 by three Brazilian architects in Recife.


June-14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff will contribute a statement in the form of a furniture model in order to complete the picture.


“Importantly, it is about meeting and the
importance of equality in luxury, a simple
idea that suggests that sharing begets more
not less”

— Sam Chermayeff, 2014

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  • 3...2...1

    Heywood and Condie

    3...2...1, 2007

    bullet-proof glass, exploding device, LED lights, fallow ground, quail eggs, Swarovski crystals, seeds of some of the UK’s rarest and extinct flowers
    2 × 1 × 1m

  • Out of Sight

    Heywood & Condie

    Out of Sight, 2014

    mixed media, rare and extinct wildflower seeds, moles, Swarovski crystals, wax
    30cm × 20cm × 27cm

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  • Shelterruin (Ruinabrigo)

    Guilherme Dable

    Shelterruin (Ruinabrigo), 2014

    perspex, paper, soluble pencil
    56.5 × 91 × 1cm

  • Perspex, Wire

    John Wallbank

    Perspex, Wire, 2013

    perspex, wire
    33 × 36 × 30cm

  • Untitled

    John Wallbank

    Untitled, 2009

    ink, vinyl, and paper
    29.5 × 21cm

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    John Wallbank

    Untitled, 2010

    pen, ink, and paper
    18 × 24cm

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    john Wallbank

    Untitled, 2012

    pencil and paper
    19.7 × 25.5cm

  • Dream State III, Silicon Valley, California, USA

    Jason Oddy

    Dream State III, Silicon Valley, California, USA, 2000

    30 × 50cm Edition 1/8

  • Dream State IV, Silicon Valley, California, USA

    Jason oddy

    Dream State IV, Silicon Valley, California, USA, 2000

    40 × 50cm Edition 2/10

  • Untitled

    Alan Boutwell


    30 × 37cm

  • Less is More

    Serge Cheramyeff

    Less is More, From the book: Verse & Prints, Anger & Affection II, 1974 – 1990,

  • Natural History of the Enigma

    Eduardo Kac

    Natural History of the Enigma, 2003-08

    transgenic flower with artist’s own DNA expressed in the red veins


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