NEWS: Seth Armstrongs Gears Up For Overlook Exhibition At Unit London

RUNS NOV 9 - DEC 4, 2021

Overlook, Seth Armstrong’s first solo exhibition with Unit London, presents the artist’s most consistent and uniform body of work to date. With a strong visual through line and a harmonious colour palette, the exhibition is made up entirely of landscapes and cityscapes that exclusively depict the artist’s native Los Angeles. Expanding on elements from real life, these works enhance the visual appeal of the city to create individually idealised vignettes.

Along with these formal aspects, Armstrong’s newest body of work taps into the innately human urge to peer into the private lives of others in a process that borders on the voyeuristic. Chiming with our natural curiosity, these artworks resonate with the universal desire to connect with others even if we are only glimpsing them from half a mile away. The artist invites the viewer to consider the people who populate these cityscapes, tricking and tempting our eyes with various forms that could be human, encouraging us to imagine the scenarios that might accompany these scenes.

Aiming to shine a light on the liminal, Armstrong showcases the often ignored or discounted issues, places and people of Los Angeles and their relationships to each other. Figures appear and disappear before our eyes, lights flicker behind windowpanes and the forested wilderness that threads through these landscapes is, in reality, a manufactured product planted by the city’s homeowners and tenants. As such, Overlook refers to all that falls between the cracks, delicately hinting that Los Angeles might not always match up to the ideal that is so often promised.