The inaugural exhibition in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries at the Royal Academy is LANDSCAPE, one of the three concurrent London exhibitions by Tacita Dean. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but was really impressed by the scale and sensitivity of the work shown. Zooming in and out is an essential part of the experience (I use those terms deliberately).
Here’s a view through to The Montafon Letter, a huge chalk drawing on blackboard of a mountain (there’s a bit more to it than just that). Majesty, one of a series of works on paper from 2016
Cloud drawings, also from 2016, in front of her collection of round stones.I really liked the contrast of jade reflected in the glass frame of this massive print Quarantania.Her film Antigone is also on show – I wasn’t able to see all of it so will complete the experience on my next visit.
I sometimes feel envious of the workers at King’s Place as they are surrounded by a constantly changing display of art by artists represented by Pangolin Gallery, housed in the same building. I came across this selection of work when I popped in the other evening between two private views.
William Tucker’s charcoal drawings from the human form and his bronze sculptures exude power
Looking Glass by Abigail Fallis is a beautifully crafted piece, something important to her in making work and encompasses such a multitude of associations I’d go over my time limit if I listed them.
The career of Zachary Eastwood-Bloom has taken off since I first met him at his RCA degree show in 2010. I have to confess though that I thought this was a Tony Cragg from a distance, an impression soon corrected once I got closer.
My participation in the second Roy’s People Art Fair, which took place at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower in London, is the last (for a few weeks at least) of a blur of constant creative and commercial activity this year.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor” published 1910
Robert Robinson is popular on the art fair circuit exhibiting his books and cut-outs, with subjects including superheros and Alice in Wonderland. He was my neighbour at the recent The Other Art Fair but we never had the chance to talk as were so busy. In complete contrast, Lucy Stevens combines sound and imagery in ongoing explorations into, as her website says, “the acoustic ecology of the natural environment”, specifically birdsong.
I didn’t have the chance to listen to her recordings but found the imagery intriguing so please visit her website to learn more.
I’m now looking forward to slowing down a little for a while.
There is always more to see than anticipated when visiting the Barbican and this was exactly the case whilst on my way from Yto Barrada’s Agadir in The Curve to Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins in the gallery.
I came across this small installation tucked into a corner called Breathe: A Green Lung, devised by Cityscapes with Heywood & Condie in which a stained glass greenhouse is enclosed within two green walls.
Increasing greenery within an urban environment is preaching to the choir here; what really appealed to me creatively was the stained glass greenhouse with its amended imagery. To see more of their stained glass work click on this link.
It’s pretty obvious that I’m a rabid fan of The Other Art Fair, both as exhibitor and visitor with the recent event no different.
I love the exciting environment as well as the supportive community of artists and that you can see and buy fabulous art directly from the creators themselves. I really enjoy getting to know the artists and having that personal connection with the maker of whatever it is I admire or have bought. Anyway, I’ll stop eulogising and show you some photos of work I fell in love with this time.
Just round the corner from my stand was South Korean artist Cheolyu Kim who brought everything over in one suitcase. His fantastical and unsettling compositions are rooted in his childhood close to the border with North Korea.
Hildegard Pax ‘s dichroic glass sculptures are fresh and delicate yet powerful, influencing the space around them, even this small piece with paper.
More to follow in my next post.