In October, the John Martin Gallery in Mayfair, London ran an exhibition titled ‘Pastscapes: The Lost House Revisted’. It featured the artwork of Ed Kluz – an artist, illustrator and printmaker whose work “explores contemporary perceptions of the past through the reimagining of historic landscapes, buildings and objects”.
Ed Kluz in his studio
Landmark hosted a private viewing at the gallery to which Landmark Patrons and Young Landmarkers were invited. The exhibition was comprised in the main by a series of Kluz’s large paper collages, which were arresting in their vibrancy from the moment of entering the gallery space.
Each depicts a different historic building which, having once stood as a monument to immense wealth and social status, has since been lost to us. As Kluz elaborates –
Fire, war, loss of fortune and social change all played a part in their demise and destruction. Traces often remain in the landscape - the earthworks of a garden terrace, an avenue of trees leading to a blank space, the sunken pit of a filled-in cellar, a solitary pair of gate piers marking an entrance. Aside from fragmentary remains, their existence is preserved in folkloric memory and their tangible absence from the landscape they once occupied.
Old Campden House, now lost
It was a wonderful evening, with different generations of Landmarkers coming together to discuss and appreciate the artwork over a few glasses of champagne, and to hear Ed himself speak with Landmark Historian, Caroline Stanford, about the relationship between art and architecture, and about how Ed had synthesised both research and creativity in order to produce these compelling works.
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