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John Foxx DNA


Exhibition of the Ellipse 1501 House project and video Tales of Light part of the collective exhibition on artists inspired by John Foxx’s thirty-year career at The Horse Hospital

The Horse Hospital


The new DNA exhibition ed. ArtHertz will run from July 27–31, featuring work by visual artists, film-makes, illustrators, Manga comic artists, graphic artists and musicians who have been inspired by different aspects of John Foxx’s 30-year career. They include films by Alex Proyas (I, Robot, The Crow), Jonathan Barnbrook (a designer who works with Damien Hirst and David Bowie), architect Antonino Cardillo (recently named by Wallpaper* magazine as one of the world’s Top 30 new architects), Japan’s Macoto Tezka, electro pioneer Gary Numan and animator Ian Emes (who also made the video for Duran Duran’s The Chauffeur), alongside prints by Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), one of Tokyo’s most famous Manga artists Reiko Okano, Karborn and John Foxx himself. The films will be run throughout the day except for Alex Proyas’s Groping which is screened every day at 2.30pm. “I think apart from his incredibly cinematic lyrics‑John’s music has always conjured entire movies in my head when I listen to it,” says Proyas. “I think it is his mastery of atmosphere that has stayed with me through the years. If I could only make a movie as textured and evocative as John’s music I would be a happy man.”

  • Adrian Lee
  • Alex Proyas
  • Andrew Back
  • Angelo Cerantola
  • Antonino Cardillo
  • Ben Charles Edwards
  • Craig Hewitt
  • Gary Numan
  • Ian Emes
  • John Foxx
  • Jonathan Barnbrook
  • Karborn
  • Kevin Sampson
  • Macoto Tezka
  • Nick Rhodes
  • Reiko Okano
  • Rob C
  • Roger Spy
  • Steve d’Agostino

Tales of Light

Listening to John Foxx’s compositions, one feels the analogy between music and architecture: John makes a dusty sound (light) that invades space that when it meets matter, altering its own nature and shape reverberates on other surfaces, in a game of divisions that decays towards silence (dark).

Antonino Cardillo, ‘Tales of Light’ [video], John Foxx DNA [exhibition], The Horse Hospital, London.

John Foxx DNA poster

Poster of the John Foxx DNA exhibition. Graphic design: Craig Hewitt / Image: John Foxx