Harriet Clare & Nick Lewin - Transient

Harriet Clare,  Liquidambar styracilua, 2012

Harriet Clare,  Fagus II (Beech), 2013

Harriet Clare, Tilia II (Lime), 2013

Exhibition dates: 31 Jan - 26 Feb 2013


Private view: 31 January 2013, 6-9pm

Curated by Steve Macleod

Margaret Street Gallery

63 Margaret Street 



Transient teams images from Harriet Clare’s “Woebegone” series with Nick Lewin’s macro floral photographs. At first glance their work may appear disparate and unconnected, yet when viewed together in context, the images show the same fascination for marking the passing of time. Both artists take a somewhat melancholic journey, attempting to mark their own transient time in the present.

Constructing images using line, texture and repetitive montaging of branch imagery, Australian-born Harriet Clare creates delicate, natural kaleidoscopic works with an illustrative effect. Shot in the winter in her adoptive home of Berlin, these images hint at a fascination with the fleeting and a desire to forever hold onto an ephemeral life.

Nick Lewin’s large-scale macro images of decaying floral blooms reflects the artist’s own attraction to transience. Lewin, a celebrated and award-winning film and commercial director, began his illustrious film career as an editor for Ridley Scott. During a particularly fertile creative period directing commercials in the 1970s, Lewin developed his passion for fine art photography. He has taken his cinematic approach to his stills work, utilising mirrors and reflective glass to light, capture and shoot through his images. Using macro lenses and a shallow depth of field, he creates an otherworldly aspect to his work.

Transient runs over two floors of Margaret Street Gallery with Harriet Clare’s work presented on the ground floor. To compliment Clare’s smaller framed pieces, a number of her images have been printed on massive oversized paper, draping down the gallery walls onto the floor. Her image “Ash”, printed on clear vinyl and mounted onto two metre square perspex, hangs in the window creating a large, three-dimensional kaleidoscope.

Further crossing over into an installation, the exhibition leads downstairs to Lewin’s work, which has been printed onto three metre wide vinyl, wallpapered in parts across the floor, wall and ceiling of the lower gallery. Several of Lewin’s stunning 1.5 meter square, aluminum mounted C Types are hung amongst the striking vinyl.

Transient will be showing at the Margaret Street Gallery until the the 26th of February. Margaret Street Gallery is an independent gallery founded in April 2012. In the heart of Fitzrovia, central London, the gallery specialises in the photographic and moving image. Dedicated to all forms of the medium, Margaret Street Gallery aims to offers thought- provoking and diverse exhibitions.