Models | Maquettes: scale, illusion and space

This intriguing group show, created by Juliette Losq and Alexander Hinks, can be seen at the Cello Factory throughout May.

Artists :

Jonathan Alibone, Marc Beattie, Sasha Bowles, Louise Bristow, Tom Down, Russell Herron, Alexander Hinks, Bob Hinks, Kim Keever, Juliette Losq, Melanie Miller, Suzanne Moxhay,Patrick O’Sullivan, Thomas J Ridley, Gail Seres-Woolfson, Isabel Young and Samuel Zealey.

The use of maquettes and models by artists and architects has a well-established history. Maquettes are three-dimensional sketches, in effect, conveying practical and ideological information before a final work is realised. Models are representations of physical objects, usually in miniature. Models | Maquettes features the work of artists who use these as the basis of realised outcomes that include painting, photography, drawing, installation and sculpture, as well as including the work of those for whom model-making is the end result of their creative production.

The artists in this exhibition all deal with questions of scale. Rather than focusing exclusively on the small-scale, some enlarge the miniature format to the gigantic. Others use the maquette as the basis to create tiny, self-contained worlds of reference. Perhaps the appeal of models and miniatures lies not in our ability to control them but in the fantasy of being overwhelmed by the world around us. Conversely it might lie in the fascination with spaces that, through their impossibly small size, force us to navigate and understand them purely perceptually. The use of models and maquettes enables this engagement with scale and questioning of what is ‘real’ and what is illusory. – Juliette Losq, February 2020

07 May 2021 – 23 May 2021

Fridays-Sundays 12pm-4pm & by appointment

The Cello Factory

33-34 Cornwall Road, Waterloo, London, SE1 8TJ

Suzzane Moxhay, Double, 2018