Gallery run 22nd November

Michael E Smith of Stuart Shave Modern Art with daily objects in unusual juxtapositions plus an unexpected theremin.

This week’s run has an extension panel to the map. It is via a lovely stretch of grassland called Parkland Walk. You enter at Highgate and exit at Finsbury Park with the illusion of having crossed from north west London to north east London in a matter of minutes. (In reality Highgate is not that far west, Finsbury Park is not that far East whilst the duration is nearer half an hour. This is the route of a disused tube line.

Incidental mobile homes on a Peckham Street.

Anselm Kiefer at White Cube with interesting vitrines that use cables to create the vegetal forms plus there are a few complicated looking equations written on the glass.

Trix and Robert Haussmann at Herald Street with colourful remakes of an iconic furniture design. There is also some mirror effect on the bases.

Patricia Tribe at Kate MacGarry with about twenty perfect brush strokes, and many rubbings out.

Christodoulos Panayiotou of Rodeo Gallery at Camden Arts Centre. These electricity poles had a few attachments on still and smelt pleasantly of creosote.

Leake Street.

Frieze week 5th October

It is Frieze week and the galleries are all together under the Regent’s Park awning. Consequently there is little opportunity for a run. However, earlier this week I am given the opportunity to run up to Alan Cristea Gallery and review the new Michael Craig Martin exhibition of prints. Prints are the speciality of this gallery. To one side of the gallery, the newest work uses an altogether new method of duplication using a laser cutting process to remove a thin black surface and reveal portions of the white under-layer. The bonus of this process is the durability of the surface and these works look striking without even needing a sheet of protecting glass.

Two days later it is my chance to visit Frieze. The stand out works include some great ones by Ivan Seal, Mary Reid Kelley, Djordje Ozbolt, Patricia Treib, Sheila Hicks and Daniel Richter. A recent addition to Michael Werner Gallery called Peter Saul catches my eye in particular. It seems popular too on the Instagram feed with the most likes and as I look at the image it leaves this intense desire to produce a work of my own in a similar style. This of course will never happen. The work is great though, being a sort of dismantled figure with recognisable foot and hand emerging from some central tank-like container.

Lastly, a neon piece by Andrea Bowers is flashing away at Andrew Kreps Gallery, and since this is Frieze week, New York lies only a few seconds from London. The concourse between the neighbouring cubicles replaces the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. A cardboard cowling surrounds the neon letters and frames their pithy slogan, but also lends to their slick form an impromptu feeling, due in part to bits of random image left on the cardboard surface. This is almost the end of Frieze experience for me, but the same evening there is a bonus of seeing a talk by the Slade professor Andrew Stahl. A mutual friend has invited us to a rather exotic venue in Mayfair, home of the Woman’s University Club, and the evening assumes a slower and more relaxed rhythm.

841
Michael Craig Martin at Alan Cristea Gallery with laser cut plastic as a medium for his new drawings.

842
Sheila Hicks of Alison Jacques Gallery at Frieze 2017.

843
Mary Reid Kelley of Pilar Corrias at Frieze 2017. Images and props from a recent film are artworks in themselves.

844
Ivan Seal of Carl Freedman Gallery at Frieze 2017.

845
Djordje Ozbolt with Herald Street at Frieze 2017.

846
Patricia Treib of Kate Macgarry at Frieze 2017.

847
Peter Saul of Michael Werner at Frieze 2017.

848
Daniel Richter with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac at Frieze 2017.

849
Andrea Bowers at Andrew Kreps Gallery.

Gallery run 25th November

Regent’s Canal to Hackney and Old St.

431
Patricia Treib at Kate MacGarry with delicate paintings using repeated motifs.

432
Matthew Darbyshire at Herald Street with images of his partner and muse made from extruded clay tubing bent to the contours of the figure.

433
Anselm Kiefer at White Cube with vitrines and sculptures using lead sheet and the iconic sunflower.

434
Goshka Macuga at Kate MacGarry. The pipes symbolise exchanges of ideas.

435
Thierry Noir

436
Alex Hartley at Victoria Miro.

437
Bojan Sarcevic at Stuart Shave Modern Art.

438
Fergal Stapleton at Carl Freedman Gallery with lit objects against dark backgrounds.

439
Joachim Schmid at Hollybush Gardens showing a series of Brazilian football pitches with irregular dimensions due to encroaching roads and houses. Aerial photograph.