James Smith’s exhibition Memorability as an Image opens at NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, UK with a launch on 16 March 2017, 6–8pm. To accompany the exhibition there will be a publication with three newly commissioned essays by Jonathan Hale, Ben Highmore & Nicholas Smith plus a further photographic study appearing in the exhibition of the Greyfriars Bus Station. The book is being published by scopio EDITIONS, with the support of NN Contemporary Art and Centro de Comunicação e Representação Espacial (CCRE) a research group of the Faculty of Architecture, Porto University (FAUP), Portugal.
Memorability as an Image (2011–2016) is the governing title of three photographic studies, Heavy Simplicity (Patterned), Brutal Relics and Civic Stage, together they isolate the relationships of object, surface, fabric and materiality, extrapolating narratives and structures of experiences in loss and vision of a post war movement that refuses to disappear. Referencing what is architectural critic Reyner Banham’s seminal description of his own coined term, New Brutalism:
1, Memorability as an image: 2, Clear exhibition of structure; and 3,Valuation of Materials “as found”. Remembering that an image is what affects the emotions, that structure, in it’s fullest sense, is the relationship of parts, and that materials “as found” are raw materials. – Reyner Banham
For £21 / €26 / $28 a copy of the book will be a signed edition of 200 – first come first served will receive the lowest edition and when completed next Spring posted to your front door.
The exhibition will continue until 6 May 2016. The web page for the exhibition will go live on 2 March 2017 at 2pm.