Reduction, Reduction, a solo exhibition of works by internationally acclaimed photographic artist Robin Broadbent, marks the inaugural exhibition at Wren London, a new photography gallery based in Old Street, East London.
Broadbent’s works, often monumental in scale, are an abstract documentation of today’s material culture. Imagine a re-configured 21st century version of late Bauhaus minimalism... Through formal qualities of space, shape, light and line, borrowed from the theories of aesthetic minimalism, Broadbent’s photographs demand attention as sensuous entities with charged surfaces. These qualities are embodied in the series Cell (2014, Digital Chromogenic Prints) created by highlights in oil, taking what began as a black space and forming individual embryonic worlds.
For Reduction, Reduction, a selection of works have been taken from Broadbent’s recent book, The Photographic Work of Robin Broadbent (2017, Damiani) and have been produced specifically for the exhibition as silver gelatin and digital chromogenic photographic prints.
The publication, which will be available at the exhibition alongside Wren London’s own catalogue, concludes with an artist’s note revealing the core process of reduction and abstraction integral to Broadbent’s practice.