Gallery run 5th July

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Rosa Loy at The Approach with great German symbolic realism.

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Kasper Bosmans at The Approach with a small cosmic-looking painting. Fab piece.

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Brick Lane doorway. Love it, by the way!

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Collier Schorr of Stuart Shave Modern Art in a reclining pose for a selfie.

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Cosmic! Michelle Stuart at Alison Jacques Gallery with a grid made in 1969 and inspired by the moon.

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Keren Cytter of Pilar Corrias with imaginative use of reflective sheet that turns the gallery floor into a sort of makeshift projector screen helped by the intense spotlights coupled with dim over-lighting.

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Urs Fischer of Sadie Coles HQ with iPhone artworks showing the wit of the artist.

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Leonor Antunes at Marian Goodman Gallery with screens based on architectural and art motifs including those of Anni Albers.

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Juan Munoz of Frith Street Gallery with vividly drawn objects.

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Gallery run 5th April

Regent’s Canal from Hackney.

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John McAllister of Carl Freedman Gallery with negative-like natural imagery.

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On Brick Lane.

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Maeve Brennan at Chisenhale Gallery with a documentary film following 3 characters who assemble or care for discarded or disintegrated objects in Lebanon. Here the car restorer in a scrapyard.

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Richard Tuttle of Stuart Shave Modern Art with latest of almost 200 solo shows.

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Secundino Hernandez of Victoria Miro with a giant palette piece.

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Elizabeth McAlpine of Laura Bartlett Gallery showing work inspired by film’s materiality. A 100 minute movie film stacked up in individual frames and presented as vertical columns totalling about 15metres.

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Elger Esser at Parasol Unit with dreamlike photos from a large format camera.

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Julien Tiberi at Parasol Unit with crowding stone figures.

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Brick Lane bicycle.

Gallery run 3rd February

East to West via Parkland Walk.

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Joachim Koester at Camden Arts Centre with video installations and plank walls. The performers on film do dance-like moves which awaken memories of imitating films as children.

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Brick Lane

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Bouchra Khalili at Lisson Gallery creates new maps of Europe with marker pen as he relates stories of people’s migration. There was a loud bellowing horn-like sound which I presumed to be a sound affect representing the arrival at a port, a major theme in this work.
It actually turned out to be workmen next door using some kind of heavy machinery as part of renovations.

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Johanna Unzueta at Greengrassi with felt pipework. Part of the Condo gallery exchange project.

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Brad Grievson at Arcadia Missa in Condo an art exchange project featuring International gallery artists in London galleries.

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Tomoaki Suzuki of Corvi Mora with carved miniature figures.

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John Latham of Lisson Gallery.

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Laurence Weiner at Lisson Gallery with a text piece on a wall surrounding a rather elegantly pruned tree.

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Karin Ruggaber of Greengrassi.

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 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.

Sculpture in the City 2016, 12th August

Some artworks take time for their significance to be fully absorbed and this was the case with Michael Lyons’ sculpture, Centaurus. As a consequence of this, the present gallery run, based on a trail of 20 sculptures called Sculpture in the City, is described on two separate time scales, the day itself and a few days later. On this later occasion  I looked across an expanse of water to the City from the banks of the Thames whilst on a separate run and at a greater distance. The inspiration for a double narrative of this sort was also inspired by the writer Marcel Proust who used the changing distance of a spectator to reveal different truths about a cluster of objects whether they be artworks or the steeples of rural churches.

Close up, Sculpture in the City is a trail that extends south from the building formerly known as the NatWest Tower which bares, for those who are interested, the bank’s logo in its section. It then doubles back at Leadenhall market and one soon arrives at the grand plaza of the Leadenhall Cheesegrater, and then further back, the plaza of the St Mary’s Axe Gherkin. This doubling back at Leadenhall gives the sculpture trail an overall V shape with the Cheesegrater near the tip.

It was these same three buildings I would see from afar as I jogged round the long curving banks of the Thames a few days later. They formed a slowly rotating compass which would constantly pick out due south thanks to the illumination of a rather vivid red sunset reflecting off the Cheesgrater’s long south-facing facade. Thanks also to Michael Lyons’ sculpture, this overview of the whole sculpture trail would inspire me on my return home to write the present account, mindful of the fact that some artworks give a delayed reaction to the understanding of their truths.

On the day, Michael Lyons’ sculpture appeared sited on ground level in a plaza close to these iconic buildings. It had a roughly worked steel form and stone plinth and what looked like a gestural curve applied to a horizontal steel plate as a head and this sat atop a thick tapered pole in reference to a neck. It had a presence a bit like a sentinel and its name Centaurus suggested it was referencing a point or constellation in the southern sky, despite the bright midday sun temporarily obscuring any poetic reference to the stars. Then comes the moment referred to at the beginning of this account, of realisation. The sculpture was actually in alignment with the paving slabs of the plaza and this in turn, through the vision of architects, extended to an overall south facing aspect for all the buildings in that little region of the City. Thus from afar on the Thames I was looking at London’s Compass as the three buildings of the trail formed a V shaped constellation brought to life by its glowing tip as the evening sunset shone off the slope of the foremost building, the Cheesegrater. This is a compass that any city visitor can henceforth use to pick out due south and guide them on their way.

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Centaurus by Michael Lyons. The sculpture faces due south, as do the surrounding buildings, in fact, and is the inspiration for this week’s blog, the London Compass.

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Gavin Turk in Sculpture In The City

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Huma Bhabha of Stephen Friedman in Sculpture In The City.

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William Kentridge of Marian Goodman gallery. The artist has produced a composite portrait of a poverty stricken figure selling coals.

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Sarah Lucas of Sadie Coles HQ in Sculpture In The City.

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Ugo Rondinone of Sadie Coles HQ in Sculpture In The City.

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Lukas Duwenhogger at Raven Row. Exotic symbol-laden paintings.

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Giuseppe Penone in Sculpture In The City. Bronze tree with smooth boulders.

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Brick Lane activity.

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Anthony Caro of Gagosian in Sculpture In The City. Made from additions to a sea floatation tank.

Gallery run 18th March

Checked out the galleries in the East. Portraits from Paul P, shiny surfaces in a group show called The Green Ray and Becky Beasley shows a carefully repaired drawer. Philipp Timischl has a delicate installation and finally some East End meters.
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132Renee So at Kate MacGarry. The smoke plume mirrors the Assyrian beard in this tapestry. The figure is boot-like as a recurring motif.

133Paul P at Maureen Paley.

134Signed in at Laura Bartlett this morning about 12.25! This artefact is in the gallery itself.

135Becky Beasley at Laura Bartlett. The drawer artwork is being fixed by her partner about whom the show is partly based.

136Philipp Timischl at Vilma Gold. Good show.

137Juliette Boneviot in The Green Ray at Wilkinson Gallery, which is also her gallery. The show is based on a rare 5 second (or so) phenomenon whereby the red setting sun appears green due to a sudden change in …. something!

138A door on Vyner Street near Wilkinson Gallery.

139Anna Barriball of Frith Street Gallery in The Green Ray, a show at Wilkinson Gallery. Thickly layered graphite on paper looks like a leaded sunday window.