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Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

Shaping 2013: distorted realities and ethereal elegance...

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

Perhaps real-life has become too ugly to look at, perhaps we’re finally getting the visionary, fanciful future we were all promised – who knows? What is for certain, is that we want to see more of the frightfully surreal and beautifully fragile...

Lightning & Kinglyface
Photograph © Steve Harries

We ducked out of the usual end of year reviews for 2012, bypassing the nostalgia of what will undoubtedly be a tough year to top, partly as we’re so busy with our Create GB book and a whole host of exciting new developments to the website; but also because it’s more fun to look forwards. So that’s exactly what we’re going to be doing over the next few days: using some of our favourite content from the last twelve months, to predict threads, trends and tones that could shape the next twelve months. Glancing backwards to look forwards.

One of the most powerful directions taken by a lot of what we featured in 2012, was that of the surreal and otherworldly. From the mega-bucks curves of Zaha Hadid’s Galaxy Soho in Beijing (aided by the equally ethereal photographic prowess of Iwan Baan) to the mind-warping madness of young upstarts like Ben Wheele, the flippant contorting of reality into elegant irreverence was everywhere to be seen.

Perhaps real-life has become too ugly to look at, perhaps we’re finally getting the visionary, fanciful future we were all promised – who knows? What is for certain, is that we want to see more of the frightfully surreal and beautifully fragile. Ghosts, whimsical visions, romantic notions and deeply disturbed dystopias – secret hiding places to disco balls that have had enough; the distorted realities and ethereal elegance of 2012 give us hope for an equally eccentric 2013…

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

The Bronson Caves by Brice Bischoff

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

Gue(ho)st House, public commission by Berdaguer & Péjus
La synagogue de Delme – Contemporary Art Centre
© OHDancy photographer

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Wolf, Arran Gregory
Photo © Tida Finch

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

Deoksugung Project
Ha Jihoon, Jari (2012)
Deokhongjeon

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

Ron van der Ende’s Found Wood Sculptures

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

Le Creative Sweatshop’s 5 Fruits

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

Homage To The Lost Spaces, Mike Hewson

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Why Can’t I Be You, Gabriele Beveridge
Magazine pages, glass, rock, frame, spray paint.
62 x 40 cm

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Manifest Destiny!,
Mark A. Reigelman II and Jenny Chapman

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DR.ME

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Quelle Fête, Rotganzen

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T.E.A.M Atlas, Lucas Price

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Concert Hall Installation,
Daniel Balo, Daniel Eke and Zoltan Kalaszi
Photography, Tamas Bujnovszky

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Galaxy Soho, Beijing,
Zaha Hadid Architects
Photography, Iwan Baan

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Bruce Munro, LIGHT at Longwood Gardens

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

The Lift, Oded Hirsch

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Axiom & Simulation, Mark Dorf

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Ben Wheele

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

Stray Light Grey,
Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe

Glancing Backwards to Look Forwards Pt.1

Ode à la Vie, Sagrada Família
Moment Factory

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Swallow, Mirka Laura Severa

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Freya and Robin, Studio Weave
Kielder Art and Architecture
Photograph © Peter Sharpe

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