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Nathaniel Rackowe - Square Prism, 2017

1 October 2017 - 2 February 2018

Royal British Society of Sculptors, sculpture terrace. 108 Old Brompton Road London SW7 3RA

To coincide with the Big Draw Festival 2017, the RBS are delighted to present a new kinetic light sculpture by Nathaniel Rackowe which echoes the built environment we inhabit and the movement of urban and universal space.

Nathaniel Rackowe’s Square Prism (2017) is a dynamic work in light. Each line of glowing wire is illuminated in turn, so that the composition shifts gradually gaining speed until the work forms a cuboid, or stretched cube, which mathematicians call a square prism. The work echoes the geometry that surround us in the urban environment, which is easily overlooked. The artist is interested in the often hidden beauty of cities and fundamental forms. Square Prism suggests a built space that is always in motion. 

Square Prism, 2017 by Nathaniel Rackowe at the Royal British Society of Sculptors from RBS on Vimeo.

About Nathaniel Rackowe

Nathaniel Rackowe was born in Cambridge in 1975 and studied at Sheffield Hallam University, achieving a BA Hons Fine Art (Sculpture) in 1998. He received an MFA Sculpture from The Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2001 having gained an Arts and Humanities Research Board Award for postgraduate study. He was awarded a Boise Travel Scholarship in 2003 and had his first solo show at GardenFresh Gallery, Chicago, USA in 2004, in which year he was also recipient of the Stanhope Fellowship, leading to the Stanhope Solo Exhibition in the Serpentine Pavilion, London in 2005. In the same year he showed Shift at Bischoff/Weiss, London, with whom he went on to present three further solo shows. Since then he has participated widely in group and solo exhibitions across the world, including in Bangkok; China; Columbia; Europe; Korea; Thailand; USA. Recent solo exhibitions include Radient Trajectory with at Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai, Signs of a City with Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris, and Threshold with FOLD Gallery, London. Rackowe is currently included in the exhibition Occasional Geometries at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and Sculpture in the City, in the City of London.  


His work is in a number of private and public collections, including the UK Government Art Collection; Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania, Australia; Museum of Modern Art, Lima, Peru; Jumex Collection, Mexico; and CIFO (Cisneros Fontanais Art Foundation), Miami, USA. He has undertaken artist residencies in Hull and the Forest of Dean in the UK; in Bangkok, Thailand (2006), Beirut, Lebanon (2009) and Copenhagen, Denmark (2012).

Rackowe has undertaken a number of public sculpture projects, including RP3 at the Economist Plaza in London (2007); Spin in Lima, Peru (2010) and Black Shed Expanded at the Village Royal, Paris (2014). He participated in Lumiere, the annual Light Festival in Durham in 2013 and again in London in 2016; and in House of the Nobleman’s Light Fantastic in London in 2014. Nathaniel Rackowe currently lives and works in London.

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