As it says on its website, The Florence Trust provides a dynamic mentoring programme and studio residency in London for twelve international artists each year. Each residency programme lasts for 12 months and is a real lifeline for artists to develop their practice in London.
I went along to the summer exhibition private view in the atmospheric decommissioned church tucked away in Aberdeen Park, which also houses the studios. Not all the artists are represented here as it was too dark for some of my photos. Visit the website for information and click on the artist’s links to learn more about their work and concerns.
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.
Artist Andy Holden and his father Peter Holden share a fascination with birds. Peter is a bird expert, running the RSPB’s Young Ornithologists’ Club amongst other activities.
Father and son worked on Natural Selection, an exhibition staged by Artangel which was a combination of education and art. There was much more to it than this one room but I wanted to share the seductive beauty of the eggs, so realistic yet all painstakingly made of porcelain and painted by hand.
Olafur Eliasson shows us in the last part of Monochrome, Painting in Black & White at the National Gallery, that monochrome doesn’t automatically mean only black & white.
After a fascinating exhibition of more traditional interpretations, including some staggeringly convincing trompe l’oeil painting, you walk into a bright yellow room and everything becomes tones of that colour.
The ceiling is lined with sodium yellow monofrequency lamps, a colour that suppresses all others.
and even my pillar box red jacket cannot resist the influence of the shadow-free light.