Saturday 21st October, 2017
What I wanted to get out of this trip to London was to build a relation to the artists work I visited. I wanted to be able to connect certain connotations, and read themes and theories into my own practice.
White Cube Gallery
Artist – Ann Veronica Janssens
Untitled, 2016 (White glitter) & Reggae Colour, 2004 – 2017 (Watt halogen lamp and dichroic filter)
- What struck me straight away when I entered the North Gallery was the variety and uses of materials on show. Recognizable shapes and common materials transformed through the artists own impression, and this consideration of the work fitting in with scale, colour and placement in space.
- I really like how she explores and experiences the theme of materiality. My work is notably different, but there are certain similarities in particular this idea of value and appreciation of material and object.
- What also interested me was this notion of constant experimentation and a view to new possibilities. As the viewer your attention was grasped right away and your awareness drawn to this exposed use of colour and surface.
- For me personally the curating and positioning of the works were executed brilliantly. I felt like I was floating around the space, magnetized from work to work, like a constant travelling adventure.
Artist – Damian Ortega
Cosmogony, 2017 (Concrete, Polystyrene and plaster) & Coliseum, 2017 (Pigmented concrete)
- A thought that came to mind when I viewed these two works were a suggestion of minimal art given a sense of worth. The materials used have a playful edge to them which incorporates a new identity and characteristic.
- It opened my eyes up to how I view and read certain objects. For example polystyrene converted into a concrete cast, you know the foundation and original textural quality of the polystyrene is not physically there anymore, but the appearance still makes you think of the previous, whether its the simple indented mould look. Your mind is definitely played with the familiar and the unfamiliar.
- This room in the gallery also plays with scale and positioning. It also holds this presence of material having an endless possibility. Another theme which entered my thoughts was his use of chance in his formations. I am sure Ortega had no real knowledge of what the outcome would be, I am guessing it was more about the possibility of what would come out the other side, a constant and consistent questioning.
- The room also made me think of this cross between art and science. The art is presented through this act of playing and animating original contexts of material. And the aspects of science could be witnessed through the forming of elements, almost how you would think of a science lab, where experiments and testing goes on.
Artist Group – Superflex
One, Two, Three Swing, 2017
- THEME – PLAY
- A mechanical landscape of swings and darting bodies moving around space.
- I thought it was brilliant how a major recognizable space like the Turbine hall could be transformed into an activity zone, I guess traditionally the gallery setting is normally respected under a confide amount of presence. Little noise can be heard and sometimes you often feel a little intimidated by your surroundings. What the art group Superflex did here was change all of this, making the viewer feel at ease and introducing the viewer as a dominant component of the work.
- It was also really nice to see many people getting together. All people from different cultures, backgrounds, ages and understanding of art, it was very refreshing to be apart of this activity.
Alison Jacques Gallery
Artist – Sheila Hicks
- Hicks’ encounter and experience with material in particular linen and thread is very impressive. An inquiry which could be noted is the understanding of colour, texture and form. A real cross over between a labour intensive action and a playful less rigorous activity.
- The woven forms are naturally filled with intense beauty, and have this very playful and approachable character.
- The space is filled with intimate objects and weavings which inherit a link to cultural identities and backgrounds from Hicks’ own experiences.
Main Theme which I got out from my visit to London was ‘Play’ and ‘Ambition’ with materials, surfaces and objects