Gallery run 16th March

The day starts with a jog to Matt’s Gallery. The gallery is doing a sequence of short one week shows and with this fast turnover has quite an itinerary lined up. This week it is Mandy Ure, who I remember well from Goldsmiths. She had a great way of mixing random marks, from paint pouring and dripping, into purposeful compositions through subsequent blowing up and careful finishing with a paint brush. Her work today is reminiscent of the shapes under a microscope and her own purposeful action has become here a metaphor for the careful order maintained in the blob-like structures of cells.

A few hours later after seeing the works shown below I come to the last gallery of the day, Victoria Miro and see Jules de Balincourt. His paintings are from the imagination and a rather sublime one at that. Figures are dwarfed by a spectacular multi-coloured boulder. Though the image is physically small, it extends into the abyss of the viewer’s own imagination and stirs up a host of resident memories!

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Mandy Ure at Matt’s Gallery with small abstracts.

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Laura Gannon at Kate MacGarry with cut canvases painted with metallic pigments.

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Michael Dean of Herald Street.

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Amalia Pica of Herald Street showing a small cluster of castings of shell-like objects.

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Francesco Arena of Sprovieri Gallery with a performance stool. It can only be sat on by someone whose age is 33, the difference in age between artist and father. A death will cause this interval to change and that will impede on the required age for the stool-performer.

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Matthew Day Jackson of Hauser and Wirth with recreations of Dutch still life paintings made with DIY materials.

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Leon Kossoff at Ordovas.

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Lorna Simpson at Hauser and Wirth with delicate washes on screenprinted and newspaper images.

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Jules de Balincourt of Victoria Miro with vividly coloured landscapes populated by crowds of small figures.

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Gallery run 26th January

West to East.

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Augustus Thompson at Almine Rech Gallery with evocative paintings made on aluminium honeycomb.

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Street art on Brick Lane.

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Anna Zacharoff of Vilma Gold with sea life imagery.

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Sophie Bueno Boutellier of The Approach with delicate paintings on folded canvas.

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Amalia Pica of Herald Street with a sculpture using a drainpipe and broccoli.

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Peter Liversidge at Kate Macgarry with objects with faces on.

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Park Seo Bo of White Cube with paintings made of fine mulberry pulp paper that have been shaped and scored with a stick.

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Takashi Murukami at auction in Christies.

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Wilhelm Sasnal at auction in Christies.

Gallery run 22nd September

This week West to East. Then canal to Limehouse. Plus additional previous run to Casa Abierta at the Argentine Embassador’s residence.

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Shezad Dawood Kalimpong at Timothy Taylor with images from past and present of this small town in Bengal worked together.

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Amalia Pica of Herald Street showing at Casa Abierta.

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Celia Paul at Victoria Miro. Wow! There is really very little there to create this striking image.

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Erik Lindman at Almine Rech with steel sheet and paint images. The windows were opened to the gallery and the light coming through them accentuated the reflections on the metal including a line cut with angle grinder.

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Tacita Dean at Frith Street Gallery filming David Hockney in his studio having a cig break.

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Nigel Cooke at Pace Gallery with images transforming nature into iconic images of fire and the skull on base layers but layered atop with innocent flourishes from 19th century romanticism.

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Alison Katz at The Approach with paintings that match up in part to stories she tells on the press release about road trip adventures and other experiences of travel and discovery.

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John Cage musical score at Frith Street Gallery using systems of chance to make artistic decisions.

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Patricio Forrester with Artmongers presents Political Swing at Casa Abierta at the Argentine ambassador’s residence.