alpha betais a series of prints representing Palladian building blocks or a vaguely familiar visual language. The work references both the prevalent style of architecture at Wallington (introduced at the request of Sir Walter Calverley-Blackett) and a young child’s building set found within Wallington Hall.
In Europe we still have a particular, respectful relationship with Palladian architecture; it speaks of learning and of authority, the societies and institutions it has housed throughout history. With the role of William Bell Scott as a Master at the School of Design, the work was made to reflect on these related structures of patronage and pedagogies of learning.
The work uses both the tools of education and the language of commerce to produce forms via the basic shapes option within the word processor Microsoft Word, a programme first released in the early 1980’s.
Limited edition prints of the works in alpha beta will be on sale in the entrance hall at Wallington for the duration of the exhibition.