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David Hockney installation to open Bridge Theatre’s Lightroom

The four-storey building is in King’s Cross.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The Bridge Theatre’s sister space, Lightroom, will open with David Hockney’s installation, Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away). Ligthroom will open in King’s Cross on 22 Feb. 2023, and is a joint venture between 59 Productions and London Theatre Company.

Hockney’s new installation invites audiences to see the world through immersive art. The art will watch him experimenting with perspective, using photography as a way of 'drawing with a camera', capturing the passing of time.

Press material states: "From LA to Yorkshire, and up to the present day in Normandy, the show is an unprecedented opportunity to spend time in the presence of one of the great popular geniuses of the art world still innovating, still creating beauty and awe."

"The world is very very beautiful if you look at it, but most people don't look very much,” said Hockney. “They scan the ground in front of them so they can walk, they don't really look at things incredibly well, with an intensity. I do."

Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away) was developed over three years. It’s the first in a repertoire of original shows at Lightroom, a four-storey venue equipped with digital projections that’s a sister space to the Bridge Theatre in London.

"What's so exciting about this show is how authentically Hockney it is. Listening to his voice in this astonishing new space while seeing his artworks unfurl around the four walls is going to be both an experience and an education. It suggests how potent this medium will be for the other creators and artists with whom we will make new and original Lightroom shows in the years to come,” said executive producer Nicholas Hytner.

Photo credit: Lightroom (Photo courtesy of production)

Article originally published on 16 Nov. 2022

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