'The condition of biography is fundamentally flawed. The grotesque processes of condensation and distortion involved in the selection and combination of a life's details condemn any attempt to fall way short and the best we can do is fall again, fall longer. Stuart Bailey, On Biography (Masculin) or Public Image Limited, Dot Dot Dot
The private archive of Clive Entwistle (1916–1976) whose project was once described by Le Corbusier as casting a great light as from an unlimited flash of lightning, contains rich and varied material. Entwistle was repeatedly on the cusp of consummating his architectural visions; a proposal for The Crystal Palace competition in 1946 was followed by his competition entry in 1960 for the Liverpool Cathedral, which although highly commended in the architectural press was awarded to Sir Frederick Gibberd. In New York he developed the principal scheme for Madison Square Garden but did not see out the project.
Sarah Entwistle appropriates elements of her grandfather's legacy, the intricate but decayed architectural models, drawings and photographic portraits, and returns them to a raw material, allowing an intimate re-imagining of his work. She explores formal interplays to evaluate a legacy of perceived failure, all the while working to re-insert this once influential and highly charismatic figure back into the collective memory of the architectural community.