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.
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.
If you get off the Docklands Light Railway at Gallions Reach, one stop before the end of the line to Beckton, a short walk will bring you to a new development called Royal Albert Dock, right on the river Thames and opposite London City Airport.
Bow Arts has worked with the developers to help create a soul and community to this location with RAW Labs, a purpose-built affordable studio complex with a gallery and cafe around one of the pools. It’s a wonderful place for artists to work with big skies and the light from the water. And, luxury of luxuries, the studios are heated! I’d be there in a shot if it weren’t so far away from where I live.
Sara Heywood, the recent artist in residence, was influenced by the waterside location and the proximity of London City Airport across the river. Bird life includes cormorants as well as the ubiquitous seagulls. The big birds, however, are the planes which fly directly overhead in to land. Her hide helps you identify both from its location facing the water with binoculars provided.
It’s cosy inside with views up to the flight path and there’s a handy identification chart too.I was outside when this one came over and no, I can’t tell you what type it was. there are little spyholes to see what else is going on around the hide.