Serpentine Galleries – 5/3/16

Serpentine Sackler Gallery – Das Institut An extraordinary exhibition brimming with all manner of styles of work from the two artists in collaboration forming Das Institut. On the Serpentine website it says  “As DAS INSTITUT the artists attempt to communicate the inexpressible – the intuitive, irrational element of human experience and relationships.” It is conceptually challenging…

States of Mind – Tracing the Edges of Consciousness. Wellcome Collection – 2/3/16

Considering the nature of consciousness in medical terms alongside artistic explorations – the duality and contemplative nature of the exhibition was an important experience – brings up questions for me of using phenomenology, of a process based practice.  An exhibition that required the viewer to engage intellectually but also personally – the installation I saw ‘The Whisper Heard’…

NPG – Vogue 100 Exhibition 2/3/16

I have a growing interest in fashion photography – of using it within my work as a starting point/inspiration. However, this exhibition enabled me to clarify what I don’t want to take from fashion photography.  It helped me clarify the different types of photography I had considered in one ‘grouping’ – there is ‘fashion’, simply…

Champagne Life – Saatchi Gallery, 23/1/16

An interesting visit in as much as having the experience of walking around a gallery rammed with rich loud tourists that were treating the gallery more as a bar than space of contemplation.  Did it detract from the artwork?  Yes.  Is it because I am old? Question that…possibly.  It was revealing to me that I…

London Art Fair 22/1/16

So many extraordinary pieces of work in one place. Artists that stood out and why:- Arusha Gallery featuring:- Pippa Young – negative space, balance of textures and methods, contemporary life painting Gail Harvey – abstraction, gesture, colour   Rabley Drawing Centre featuring:- Jeff Powell – simplicity, drawn/graphic elements, colour, mixture of materials Sally Taylor – editing, drawn element juxtaposed with…

John Hoyland – Power Station Paintings (1964-82), Newport Street Gallery 16/1/16

Big impact work.  Major physical and emotional response – completely instinctive/intuitive.  Comparisons – Rothko/de Kooning/Pollock/abstract expressionists. Points to note – use of colour to disorientate – visual perception changing considerably after looking at the first incredibly bright  pieces – the earlier work containing primary/secondary colours – with the colours bouncing off each other and affecting…