John Glew Architect October 2013

Beside showing artworks by painters, sculptors and photographers, RaumX is interested in showing works by contemporary architects as well. John Glew’s practise is the first architect presenting his work at RaumX. An introduction was given by Tony Fretton.


John Glew set up John Glew Architect in 1994, having previously worked with Wilfried Wang, Trevor Horne and Dixon-Jones and collaborated with Tony Fretton. He has taught, lectured and exhibited in the UK, Scandinavia and the USA, including at the Royal College of Art, the Architectural Association and the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts where he was Visiting Professor in 1995 and 2001. In 1983 he was awarded the Eileen Gray Travel Scholarship to the USA and in 2007 he was awarded the Statenskunstfund –The Danish National Arts Award– in recognition of his contributions to architecture and culture inDenmark. His work, including articles by Tony Fretton, Mark Pimlott, James Payne, Kjeld Vindum and Thomas Bo-Jensen, has been published internationally,                                                                                                        A specific interest is in the small unsettling, habitual perceptions, which render foreign the familiar, making visible that which has become invisible due to everyday use and absorption in our subconscious. This new-found strangeness begs our examination and thus allows us to see the similarities between dissimilar things. The result of this close examination can often be a heightened awareness of our surroundings. The way things look, in the broadest sense their appearance, is a result of the conditions of their making and this is recognised and enjoyed in all of the work. Its sparse aesthetic lies beyond mere function where limitation is employed as a form of invention, spurring creativity from the recognisable elements of the world around us.


Press Release : A small exhibiton of drawings, models and photographs and proto-types of a broad range of work simply presented – pinned to the wall. Projects include a landscape, public & residential, interior, furniture and design, photography and sketches. An A2 catalogue includes descriptions of projects and texts by both: Tony Fretton – “This is an architecture that has to be experienced and considered, and one that makes the case that spectacle, scale and gesture are no guide to the value of a work of architecture. It is only artistry like this that counts,” and Mark Pimlott – ”The work that John Glew has made here does not point immediately to its status as architecture or even design. In this properly aesthetic work that is directly linked to the body and its knowledge, one is liberated rather than involved in the worship of objects and arrangements.”

With a *102751cropped  catalogue including a short introduction by Tony Fretton.

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Tony Fretton article Architectural Review

Please see here in more detail a description of the projects. John Glew Architect 

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