Dominique Rey
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FAÇADE
     

Sandblasted glass, steel, acrylic, lights, paint

2008

160 x 240x 150cm (approx)

Exhibited in 'Pulse', Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich.

The form is taken from cinema frontages from the early 20th Century and family tombs from the same era. The comparison between the architectural features of these structures brings to the fore ideas by Paul Virilio in "War and Cinema", in which he compares the early cinema to necropolis. Research into the changing faÇades of cinema buildings in Ipswich, often converted from theatres to cinema to bingo halls, showed a story of picture palace obsolescence, degradation and demolition typical in England in the last century.

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