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  • IMG_0945 Rupert Hartley, Blind Searches, billboard print, 2014.
  • IMG_0947 Rupert Hartley, Blind Searches, billboard print, 2014.
  • IMG_0950 Rupert Hartley, Blind Searches, billboard print, 2014.
  • IMG_0951 Rupert Hartley, Blind Searches, billboard print, 2014.
  • IMG_1921 Rupert Hartley, Blind Searches, billboard print, 2014.

Bloc Billboard – Rupert Hartley

23 October – 21 December 2014

Rupert Hartley’s practice combines research projects, drawing, sculpture, digital media and installation works that seek to interrogate the spatial and perceptual conditions that operate in the built environment. His works are temporary and are created through processes of transformation; re-configuring and re-assembling found materials, often making collections and serial propositions.

Hartley’s billboard visualises a collection of images accumulated through a series of ‘blind searches’, an improvised means of generating random results via an online search engine. Each image is printed over the last to add to and yet erase it. The work creates ambiguity between the work and its context; what can be seen of the image is reminiscent of advertising while the layered images give the impression that the image might have been altered by a printing glitch or vandalism.

Rupert Hartley lives and works in London. He studied MA Art in Architecture at the University of East London (1995) and has since exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions and publication includes: Pilotschannel.org (2014), Terrace annual Open (2014), Filling the blanks  X Marks the Bokship (2012), 100 things not worth repeating: on repetition (2011).

This Bloc Billboard was selected through Bloc Projects’ membership scheme. For more opportunities and events visit our membership page.