Part of the Mayfair section of the London Lumiere Festival 18-20th Jan 2018 this sound and light installation in Mount Street Gardens was extraordinary.
Made by artist Apsara on thin wire lights darted about as if they were fireflies or speedy luminescent insects advancing or retreating amongst the out twigs of the trees. Wondrous.
2. Purple 6 piece immersive video by John Akomfrah (On until 7th Jan 18)
Worth looking in on
From the Barbican Website: At a time when, according to the UN, greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are at their highest levels in history, with people experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, including shifting weather patterns, rising sea level, and more extreme weather events, Akomfrah’s Purple brings a multitude of ideas into conversation. These include animal extinctions, the memory of ice, the plastic ocean and global warming. Akomfrah has combined hundreds of hours of archival footage with newly shot film and a hypnotic sound score to produce the video installation. https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2017/event/john-akomfrah-purple
I really liked work in King's College's Melancholia Exhibition (to 10th Dec 2017).
I liked the Tacita Dean's Bless Our Europe drawing but the stand out work for me was the 54 minute video Nummer veertien , home by Dutch Artist Guido Van der Werve. It covered extreme sports, landscape, journey, a sense of the absurd and a really beautiful score also written by the artist himself. Text below from the catalogue.
The issues of climate change and how psychology can perhaps help is an important on-going area of reference of my art work.
A book on this subject that is really good is Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change by George Marshall (Author)
Key articles that explore how psychology can help us with the challenges of climate change include:-
I was also really like the work of the arts organisation Invisible Dust who have just been awarded National Portfolio (NPO) status by Arts Council England. "Invisible Dust works with leading artists and scientists to produce unique and exciting works of contemporary art and new scientific ideas exploring our environment and climate change". I recommend signing up to their newsletter at invisibledust/newsletter
I liked David Shringley's comments (in Evening Standard last Thurs) a lot!
"Well, as an artist you have to believe your work makes the world a better place. Art is a positive intervention, even if it deals with something difficult".
How Not To Be Seen: At Tate Modern last week this was the work of the new hang that really stood out for me, for its combination of reality and humour. Her installation explores todays ‘world made of pictures’ and how and why we might hide within it.
Here's the Tate information sign.
How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Dichotic Educational 2013 borrows the format of an educational video. He works across video and installations as well as delivering performative lectures and she appears in this work as a performer.
This video flips playfully between the ‘real world’ and digital recreations. This visually disorientating mix contrasts with the blandly authoritative automated voice delivering advice for ‘how to become invisible’. Settings include a virtual reality tour of a gated community and a desert site covers in huge patterns used to focus areoplane surveillance cameras echoed in the layout of the benches in front of the screen here. Her work addresses recent developments in the way digital images are created, shared and archived, it also refers to the ‘disappearance’ of political radicals that has taken places under dictatorships across the world and the cultural invisibility of women. The work balances criticism and humour showing how ‘not being seen’ has both oppressive and liberating possibilities.
Whitstable Biennale Satellite Exhibition
Intertidal investigated the impact of water as it slowly erodes and reshapes earth, human-made objects and coastlines over time. The tide line mark in the Whitstable Baptist Church Hall, recording the 1953 flood, was a jumping off point for these three London-based artists’ separate investigations of water and tides. Fiona Fouhy explored the impact of tidal waves through a series of successive mono-prints and animation; Catherine Jacobs showed immersive psychological landscapes using photography and video; and Marcia Teusink looked at the effects of the sea on human artifacts through photography and objects collected on walks by the sea. A shared interest in natural processes, amateur archaeology and the poetics of decay ran through the exhibition.
S I X T Y
LUBOMIROV / ANGUS-HUGHES
Curated by Anna Bleeker and Alessandra Falbo
Opening and Public Vote: Friday 13 May, 6-9pm
Viewing: 14 May - 22 May, Friday to Sunday 12-5pm
Above & Beyond
Mixed media Painting
SIXTY was a curated two-part exhibition in London and Athens predicated on notions of arbitrary political constraints. Sixty works of art were selected by different decision-making bodies and individuals, including a public vote, and subject to a variety of processes and criteria — physical, financial and political — testing the ability of artist and curator to navigate within structures offering both real and illusory choices and opportunities.
Aki Moriuchi | Akiko Ban | Alan McLeod | Albeiro R. Tomedes | Alex Lewis | Alix Edwards| Anastasia Kachalova | Anders Rindom | Andrew Litten | Anna Garrett | Anne Parfitt | Annette Robinson | Annie Zamero | Ann-Marie LeQuesne | Apollo Aabye | Ariadne Arendt | Artem Surkov | Artemis Potamianou | Bonita Alice | Carol Wyss | Carolyn Whittaker | Cate Lis | Catherine Morland | Catherine Jacobs | Colin Maitland | Colin Crumplin | Cynthia Hsieh | Daumants Brunins | David Goldenberg | David Foster | Deb Covell | E. M. Roth | Eirini Bogdanou | Elaina Akeooll | Eleanor Buffam | Eleanor Turnbull | Elisa Cantarelli | Elisavet Kalpaxi | Elizabeth Hannaford | Elizabeth Briel | Emi Avora | Emily Marbach | Emma Davis | Emma Coop | Emma Drye | Evi Grigoropoulou | Ewa Jackiewicz | Fiona McAuliffe | fluxIT | Follie Gioir | Francesca Ricci | Gavin Maughfling | Gini Wade | Gunther Herbst | Hanna ten Doornkaat | Heather McDonough | Helen Bermingham | Hitomi Kammai | House of O'Dwyer | Hyeji Woo | Iain Andrews | Iasonas Kampanis | Imogen Welch | Irene Godfrey | Ivilina Kouneva | Jaime Valtierra | Janine Hall | Jennifer Hodgson | Jill Gibson | Jim Dunkley | Joe Carcary | John King | Jon Solaun | Kaori Homma | Karen Ay | Karol Kochanowski | Katherine Jones | Keiko Kirton | Keran James | Kirsty and Carol Harris | Laura Napier | Linda Jean John | Lisa Ivory | Liz Elton | Lizy Bending | Lorna Pridmore | Lucyna Cierniak | Maeve O'Neill | Maggie Learmonth | Malcolm Dickson | Malina Busch | Mandy Hudson | Margita Yankova | Maria Letsiou | Maria Kaleta | Maria Krigka | Mark Titchner | Markus Soukup | Metra Saberova | MIA C | Michal Plata | Mike Callaghan | Mikey B. Georgeson | Mindy Lee | Mique Moriuchi | Moemi Takano | Natalie Dowse | Nick Newsam | Nina Davies | Oliver MacDonald | Olympia Polymeni | Patricia Guarda | Paul Carter | Peter Barnard | Phil Illingworth | Polina Pivovarova | pop grafik | Prince Thomas | Rachelle Allen-Sherwood | Rebecca Meanley | Rebecca Byrne | Rebecca Scott | Rebecca Key | Richard Mcconnell | Rigmor Dahlqvist | Robbie O'Halloran | Rolina E. Blok | Ronis Varlaam | Sally Jones | Sam Hodge | Sarah Gillham | Sasha Bowles | Scott Robertson | Sharon Leahy-Clark | Shona Davies and Dave Monaghan | Sif Nørskov | Simon Leahy-Clark | Sivan Lavie | Søren Kastalje | Stephanie Garon | Tal Regev | Tania Robertson | Tatjana Šogorov | Tom Hackett | Tommaso Gorla | Uta Brouet | Vanja Karas | Victoria King | Victoria Rance | Weegee Weegee | Wolfgang Berkowski | Yukako Shibata | Zoe Martin
Really enjoyed walking by the sea in the high winds at Margate last week and taking refuge at the Turner Contemporary to see Seeing Round Corners. From website:-
Turner Contemporary presents the first major exhibition to explore the centrality of the circle in art. Featuring more than 100 works – from 3000BC to the present day – Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle brings together artworks and artefacts that reflect a vast range of themes and ideas from roundness, rotation and visual perception to wonderment and cycles of time. The exhibition encompasses sculpture, film, painting, design, installation, performance and photography, with works by leading historical and contemporary artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Paul Nash, Barbara Hepworth, JMW Turner, Theaster Gates, Rebecca Horn, David Shrigley and Bridget Riley.
At the Whitstable Biennale on Saturday night at the Tennis Courts and powered by the audience using bicycles to generate the electricity I really enjoyed the screening go In this World and Kingsland, introduced by Tony Grisoni. From the Biennale website "After an introduction by Tony Grisoni, we will screen Kingsland #1: The Dreamer (BAFTA nominated), a powerful drama written and directed by Grisoni, telling the story of a Kurdish immigrant who has arrived in North East London with nothing and finds himself involved in a dark world with fellow Kurds; and In This World (Berlinale Golden Bear winner), for which Tony Grisoni made the trek along the people smugglers’ route from the Pakistan/Afghan border, through Iran and Turkey to Europe with the director, Michael Winterbottom".
http://www.whitstablebiennale.com continues until Sunday 12th June.
And a view of the Estuary on Saturday - beautiful light
I'm currently reading this marvellous book on a lost Velazquez painting. Her observations and research are fascinating. Review of the book here