Gallery run 31st May

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Jonathan Trayte at Kate MacGarry using cement and vinyl sticker to make striking high-art.

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Jordan Kasey at Kate MacGarry with an unusual close-up of familiar subject matter. The two pairs of lights look, to me at least, like pairs of cartoon eyes staring up from the dark background. They are in fact the windows of the house behind.

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Luke Rudolf of Kate MacGarry with carefully composed paintings.

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Zofia Rydet showing at Calvert 22 with examples of photos from documentation of over 20,000 families.

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Weronika Gesicka at Calvert 22 with interesting photos of partially missing figures. In this particular image the jigsaw make this theme of absence part of a visual pun.

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St.Paul’s Cathedral as it’s never been seen before, by artist Abigail Reynolds at Peer UK.

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Gastone Medin at Estorick Collection with a modernist film set design. The show features such designers who were influenced by architecture and Hollywood.

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Giorgio Morandi at Estorick Collection in a great show that also has the original drawings of some well known paintings.

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Emilio Greco at the Estorick Collection.

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Gallery run 11th January

The run to Trinity Buoy Wharf has been an attractive activity ever since a speaker at an event there, Ian Sinclair, notable for walking round the entirety of the M25 and writing a book about it, declared that this wharf, with its location next to the River Lee, marked an historic site. From here the Saxons would check out the Vikings, whilst the latter would return their reconnaissance in this direction from across the barrier of the River Lee. It is right on this junction that this smaller tributary departs the Thames as it takes its waters from the North. With a bacon roll consumed, it is time to head to the first gallery of the day via a series of waterways.

The River Lee provides quite a formidable barrier to the foot traveller even today and unlike the fairly tortuous route of a few weeks ago which required a four lane highway as travelling companion to cross the river, today’s route wends its way north past the giant docks of Canary Wharf and onwards up the Regent’s Canal, escorting me to Hackney, and indeed, arriving fifteen minutes early at one of the midday openers. PeerUK is hosting Catherine Story from nearby Carl Freedman gallery and in its window are clues to the nature of the show. Clay maquettes are the artist’s starting point and these have then been transposed to canvas as a series of Surreal looking paintings populated by chunky figures with shear planes suggestive of both limbs and machinery. They are in fact reminiscent of Cubism and with the clay being a plastic medium, the artist appears to have worked out in advance, the various folds, bobbles, distortions and protrusions, distinctive of that style, before then transposing them to the two dimensional world of paint.

Herald Street Gallery has opened a new space in Museum Street just near the British Museum and Ida Ekblad is on show. Her rather stunning, bright paintings are actually made with plastic, a fact gleaned whilst reading her press release off the phone in those last few minutes of waiting outside the previous space. The plastic has been melted and smeared with a palette knife and yet none of its intensity of colour, whether it be derived from a previous state as coloured carrier bag or plastic household object, a specific origin that the artist doesn’t actually divulge, has been lost. Rather this detritus of daily life lives on in a strange afterlife as material of a painting, depicting the simple forms of pots that are themselves reminiscent of Greek urns, along with a whole host of other types of ornamentation ranging from flowers to simple coloured planes.

After seeing yet more good quality work up for auction at Phillips, with a couple of stand out pieces by Alex Israel and Barnaby Furnas, the next destination is south of the River at Vauxhall where Cabinet Gallery sits proudly in the middle of the aptly named, Pleasure Garden. Henrik Olesen’s musings on the nature of an object lead to an unusual, though confident display of tacked, nailed and propped materials that sit and hang against the various white-walled nooks that this gallery has made available with its slightly unusual polygon-styled floor plan. On many of the box-sections of brushed aluminium, which feature as rectangular frames or stand-alone girders, there are small inscriptions presented on clear plastic rather as one might find accompanying cooking instructions on a ready-meal, and these provide further philosophical reflections by the artist on object hood. Perhaps by giving us a general scene of peculiar part-objects to look at whilst openly questioning their validity, the artist is also trying to evoke an aspect of the human condition that has been put into words by the philosopher Heidegger, that since the Greek ages we have passed over the phenomena of the world, a general being, and instead focused our attention, to our detriment, on individual objects from which we try to extract meaning.

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Catherine Story of Carl Freedman Gallery on show at Peer UK.

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Ida Ekblad of Herald Street Gallery with vivid paintings made from melted plastic.

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Barnaby Furnas of Victoria Miro provides the statement piece for auction at Phillips.

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Alex Israel on auction at Phillips and adorning the front cover of the catalogue as befits a top ranking artist shown by Gagosian Gallery amongst others.

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Michael Pybus on auction at Phillips.

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Clever use of stickers on this bike.

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Henrik Olesen presents a show at Cabinet Gallery of what could perhaps be described as partial objects, many of which are casually stapled or pinned to the wall. The show itself seems to question what an object actually is.

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Simon Thompson of Cabinet Gallery, an artist I’ve wanted to visit for a while, has done prints of objects on rather fab rug-like objects with a hanging tag.

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Michael Armitage of White Cube showing at South London Gallery. An allegorical piece as a mother gives birth to a goat. Not a good thing! and dreams of a better life symbolised by washing machine top right, are back on hold.

Gallery run 23rd March

Regent’s Canal to Hackney.

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Andrew Munks at Zabludowicz Collection with fish wearing hats and wigs.

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Gardar Eide Einarsson of Maureen Paley with enlarged painted images borrowed from paraphernalia of institutions and then modified.

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Paul Scott at Peer with modified old style plates.

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Fred Tomaselli of White Cube with enhanced front covers of New York Times.

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Anya Gallaccio of Thomas Dane Gallery with an ever growing copy of a distinctive mountain in America featured in the ET movie.

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Stephan Balkenhol of Stephen Friedman Gallery with elegantly hewn wood figures.

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Oscar Tuazon at Maureen Paley exhibiting with gallery artist Gardar Eide Einarsson. Their work has a political focus, though here the isolated door has more of a feel of a ready-made.

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Helene Appel of The Approach with a washing up series.

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Andrew Cranston at Wilkinson Gallery with delicate paintings on hard covers of old books.

Gallery run 5th January

Lisson Gallery to Hackney on Regent’s Canal then SLG.

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Jason Martin of Lisson Gallery in a film at the gallery with his exhibited paintings, describing the paint moving technique he has returned to after 20 years.

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Ai Weiwei at Lisson Gallery with parts of a Chinese hall. Sitting on the stones is encouraged.

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Jonathan Baldock at Peer with Emma Hart showing a giant baby walker in a less than flattering portrait of domestic bliss. Love Life.

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Kaye Donachie of Maureen Paley in a group show.

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Silke Schatz at Wilkinson Gallery with work relating to political events whilst nature makes cameo appearances. A plant tree using shelf spurring.

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Lucy McKenzie showing at Maureen Paley with images of our 4 infamous spies. Kim Philby.

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Emma Hart at Peer with a two person show based on Punch and Judy called Love Life where domestic bliss is punctuated with arguments and repetition.

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Brick Lane road sign.

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Roman Ondak at South London Gallery on day 99 of his 100 day show. 100 slices of oak tree each bearing annual events of the last century are transferred from floor to gallery wall. Just one peg left for this Brexit slice.

Gallery run 5th May

Monochromes and figures.

189Giacometti at Gagosian showing with Yves Klein.

188Yoshimoto Nara at Stephen Friedman with new paintings in his smooth style.

187Ettore Spalletti at Marian Goodman with paintings inspired by the Adriatic coast. The paintings are sculptural and here a white pencil acts as a pivot.

186Georg Baselitz at Whitecube with new paintings of the artist and wife Elke . He revisits images he made in the 70’s and makes the passing of time part of the work.

185How do you get a giant broken canvas through a small doorway? This striking large piece by Angela de la Cruz at Peer in Hoxton poses the question.

184Hoxton artwork creates a figure.

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182Keith Coventry at Pace London turns the famous twin arches logo into art.

181Piero Manzoni at Ibid . A single painting is placed in relation to a contemporary piece for a week.