Borders have taken on a stronger political focus in the past few years. If you look at maps of Europe over the past few centuries, borders have been moving all over the place as countries and kingdoms have risen and fallen; the same is true in the UK; Scotland has been in at some times and out at others – it’s a ever-changing process over the sands of time.
What is a Border Line? There are two different, but connected meanings. One is the physical division such as walls between buildings or countries, which politically have been great symbols of strength from the Great Wall of China to Hadrian’s Wall to the Berlin Wall to President Trump’s proposed wall between the USA and Mexico. They have also represented boundaries related to war, such as the battle lines and trenches created in the First World War. The other meaning relates to the lines on the surface of paintings, sculptures, photographs or drawings. Of course, maps and atlases combine the two meanings – and it is always easier to change the boundary line on a map than it is to do it on the ground.
The current exhibition on that theme at Maddox Arts combines the two meanings of Border Lines in the international selection of works on show. Me, being me, I particularly like Dionisio González’s architectural views of New York and London. He is not an architect, but has a particular interest in reinterpreting Brutalist architecture and reinterpreting what the city might look like.