Lisson Gallery


London, 10 February – 9 April 2022

Portals artwork

“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world.” – Arundhati Roy, Financial Times, 3 April 2020

This group show opens 2022 with a number of artists that have all created portals of one kind or another – visible, conceptual, mythical or otherwise – remaking the pictorial window and breaking through to the other side, leading viewers on a journey through the looking glass. The assembled works, some historical, others completed recently, open up the gallery space through a number of physical, metaphysical and metaphorical portals, offering passage to entirely speculative or abstract realities, new spatial prospects, fictional worlds and even paths through time.

One entrance point to the show is Sean Scully’s new painting, Wall Landline Chrome (2021), in which an imposing, striped aluminium panel is interrupted by a cut-out section of intervening passages of paint, containing multiple doors within doors. Scully first photographed the weathered gates and corrugated frontages of abandoned shacks on the Scottish Hebridean islands in the 1990s, before painting his own echoes of them and exploring the act of opening windows through and beyond the confines of the painterly support. Daniel Buren, who coincidentally worked on a painted environment with Scully in New York in 1979, here punctures his own striped door with a rectangular void, creating a peep-hole through to a new vista, which he dubbed a Corridorscope, in relation to another site-specific, interactive installation of eye-level points du vue from 1983.

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27 Bell Street

Opening Times:
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:00am – 6:00pm

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