Pablo Bronstein is back. He’s doing what he does best. This time he is reimagining baroque London.
London in its Original Splendour depicts a city, part woodcut and part futuristic architectural blueprint. The impersonal 3D shapes reveal traces of Pablo’s exquisite penmanship, just as the urns and columns carry on his interest in recherché architecture.
The cityscape is printed on 3D-rendered wallpaper, which is similar to wallpaper used in the 18th century. It uses tromp l’oeil style techniques to create an expansive view. The tension between flatness and full bodied plump is unnerving.
Pablo has been interested in this throughout much of his career and even before. When he was young his bedroom was painted in a high rococo style.
A mix of styles inspired by London’s rococo Age of Wren and Soane-style architecture, London in its Original Splendour references bits of various buildings around London like the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral. Stepping outside the gallery, you are in the middle of some of London’s finest architecture. On the left you can see St Pauls, on the right the Bank and just in front of you is No 1 Poultry. This is the London vernacular.
Yet Pablo adds something more. He tells us the stories that bricks and corniche work tell us obliquely.