10 Feb – 22 Jul 2022
Located on the ground floor of the London Mithraeum, Bloomberg SPACE aims to showcase the best in contemporary art whilst bringing fresh perspectives to the history of this unique site.
Our latest commission is Scratching the Surface by Chilean artist, Fernando Casasempere.
Casasempere’s site-responsive installation appears to meld with the gallery space, exploring the ways in which new layers can change the surfaces around us and transport the past into the present. The artist’s enduring interest in archaeology as a means of deciphering memories and accessing the past, both ecological and historical, is a fundamental source of inspiration for his practice.
Watch the short film below to discover more about the artist, his artwork and his passion for ecology, geology and archaeology.
Enjoy the lively conversation between Fernando Casasempere and The Art Newspaper‘s contemporary art correspondent Louisa Buck that recently took place in the gallery.
b. 1958, Santiago, Chile
Working with clay, ceramic, and industrial matter, Casasempere redefines the possibilities of these materials for contemporary sculpture. Through a fascination with the imprint left by humans on the earth, Casasempere draws on archaeology, geology, landscape and classical and modern architecture to subvert sculptural archetypes, while speaking to urgent global ecological and social concerns through the lens of his native Chile.
A series of contemporary art commissions responding to the site’s rich archaeological history.