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Beneath the Architecture of Beauty

An exhibition of photography and neon sculpture exploring society,

decadence and the weather by Australian artist, Dr Lisa Anderson.

Opening Reception with Australian High Commissioner, John Dauth AO LVO

6.30 8.30 pm 12 July 2012.

The exhibition continues from 13 July to 31 July 2012.

Dr Lisa Anderson’s exhibition explores the relationship between the decadence of society and the

crumbling social mores within the composition of place.

The specific sites are drawn together by elements of light and shadow, strands of destruction and the

crumbling of beauty. These works reveal what is left behind of the structure of beauty after decadence

has had its way.

The lonely chair and wallpaper of the Lost diptych is located in a long abandoned fur traders hut in an

isolated island in the North West Passage of the High Arctic. The chair and once colorful wallpapers tell

of the past comforts and profitability of the Hudson Bay fur traders. It also reminds us of the complete

isolation, cold and loneliness found on a frozen rock on a remote edge of the earth. The chair has rotted,

been torn by polar bears, and molded. The rusted framework and springs disgorged. The weather will

very gradually return it to dust.

Lost: Dan Maclean was a mark of desperate ownership of space and located in a time, now lost in a

place that was once sanctuary and now is any place, anywhere.

Lost: The Elgin Marbles are luminous things, stolen, much sought after, traded, and constantly in a

state of not belonging. They too are lost and broken remains of something of beauty with the sexualized

forms of body perfection. They crumble alongside the story of their political presence in a Museum

faraway from their home.

The pink clouds of Neon Clouds are part of the ideograms of the Middle Kingdom and have moved

with the modernization of China through many periods. They are found within the decorations of the

Forbidden Palace and woven into the fabric of public furnishings. They are the weather, they are pattern,

they are a symbol of nature and dreams. They cut at the architecture measuring the weathered surfaces

of time.

Dr Lisa Anderson Lost (diptych) photographic prints H 1200 x W 1200 mm edition of 5 2012

Bicha Gallery

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank

London SE1 9PP

020 7928 0083

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These objects are precious within their own materiality and represent a countdown as the very surface of

beauty is broken due to time, weather, and our will to push nature. All these images and sculptures evoke

times past while bathing the gallery and viewer in neon pinks to highlight the luminosity and beauty of

both these broken gods of marble and the faded and scarred patterns.

The journey beneath the architecture of beauty is one revolving around the ancient but relevant

question ‘Am I in Nature? or Is Nature within me?’.

Bicha Gallery

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank

London SE1 9PP

020 7928 0083

Dr Lisa Anderson Swoon photographic print H 600 x W 900 mm edition of 5 2012

Selected Curriculum Vitae

Major Points


ShinyShinyCloud. Series of installation, video and photographic projects developing

from research in the landscapes of the world that show the scars, migrations and

stories of climate shifts.


ShinyShinyWorld. Series of exhibitions and video installations working with

environmental issues including guest artist residencies in Paris, Bali and the High

Arctic, Antarctic and China.


Writing the City. Series of installations in Sydney and Brisbane exploring interactive

text through cities. Event for Biennale of Sydney and Brisbane Festival of Ideas.


Singing up Stones. First projection and performance works on the Sydney Opera

House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and a lighting grid using Circular Quay buildings.


Archaeology of Memory. Series of works exploring memory and public archive.

Permanent and temporary works, hosted by Australian Museum, Australian Consulate

Galleries in Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore and City of Sydney.

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Tiennerman. Video installation, Redgate Studios, Beijing, China

China Red. Print series tour with Bicha Gallery in Singapore, Amsterdam, Chicago,

New York and London

ATTLA (snow that makes beautiful pictures as it falls). A large scale

exhibition inspired by the High Arctic. Installation sculpture , multiple video

projection, photographs, Customs House, Sydney, Australia

Paris Angels. Collage canvas Rex-Livingston, Sydney, Australia

POLAR. Installation work St Tropez Film Festival, France.

The Truth About SnoDomes. Digital installation work touring regional areas

Gold Coast City Gallery; Bundaberg Regional and Lake Macquarie Gallery.

Snodomes. Video work in selected screenings, Taomina Film Festival

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Bicha Gallery represents emerging and established international contemporary visual artists.

For further information, text or images, please contact António Capelão.

Bicha Gallery, 7 Gabriel’s Wharf, 56 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PP

T. +44 (0)20 7928 0083 | E. |

Opening Hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 7pm




Doctor of Creative Art. University of Wollongong: Memory: Salvage and Invention.

A visual and textual interpretation of public record and personal memory.

Exhibitions and Installations





Heaven on a Stick. Installation in the Blue Mountains, Sydney Australia

Polar Quest. Video screening MS FRAM in Antarctica.

Clouds and Roses. Rex-Livingston Gallery Sydney, Australia

Precious. SXS, Aarhus, Denmark

The Lost Narrative of Landscape. Screening and talk ISEA Istanbul, Turkey

Gates of Bei Gao. Screening with Bicha Gallery at Vidéothèque, Art Toronto

Clouds in the Beijing Breeze. Projection Redgate Studios Beijing, China

The Dance. Video installation MV FRAM on the Bay of Biscay

IVU (Frozen Tsunami). Multi-media installation touring.

Wagga Wagga City Gallery.

Sweet IVU. Installation in artsCape Biennial, Bryon Bay

Ends of the Earth. Bicha Gallery, London, UK

Sand:bone:clay. St Tropez Film Festival 2 channel video installation, France

Bicha Gallery

7 Gabriels Wharf

South Bank

London SE1 9PP

020 7928 0083