I've somehow managed to see quite a bit of new work recently. Here’s a few highlights …
A huge highlight was the screening of all artist Rob Crosse’s films at Kingsgate Workshops. In his work he captures observations of people, often older men, involved in hobbies that they seem both immersed in, but at the same time fully connected to the collective experience. What comes across is his sympathy with and his empathy for the people he interacts is always at the forefront - this is interesting film making but remains kind. Also key for me were his often abstract use of sound across all films and focus on interactions of small gestures.http://www.artrabbit.com/events/clear-as-a-bell-rob-crosse
Another highlight was discovering Sonia Braas’s work at the Uncanny in Contemporary Exhibition at the Parasol Unit (still on until 19th June). While I wasn’t hugely engaged with the show as a whole her work was fascinating to me as we share an interest win working with images of nature and inviting discussion about changes in perception when viewing less certain works. http://www.sonjabraas.com.
Finally Trevor Paglen’s work was, to me, fascinating and is currently being shown as part of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016 at the Photographer’s Gallery. (until 3rd July). His images cover the traces and structures of the internet as visible evidence in the landscape. There’s a short interview with him on this link and he’s doing a talk there at the end of May. http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/deutsche-b-rse-photography-foundation-prize-2016-2