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High Line

In High Line, the artist’s hand is followed as it slides over and caresses the riveted surfaces of a bridge that the artist crossed daily during his years at the Royal College of Art. The sensual gliding of the hand, its fingers moving delicately and playfully between the rain soaked rivets, dirtying and cleaning itself as it goes, indicative of an existential curiosity and childlike playfulness associated with the artist.

High Line plays out a series of personal, impersonal, intimate and estranged interactions with architectural flourish on Chelsea Bridge in London.. Drawing on clich├ęs of the cinematic, the literary and narrative structure, the work presents the problematic relationship between the natural and the urban from an explicitly Romantic perspective where my encounters with the metropolis codify as exactly that: encounters.

Burton Luke