Ever since man cleared forests to make way for agriculture, the effect on our planet has been massive. The impact on our landscape grew rapidly after the industrial revolution. Today, the industrial production of fertilisers required to keep the crops growing quickly has affected it even more. With this in mind, and as part of his multidisciplinary Anthropocene Project, Canadian photographer Ed Burtynsky has a new London show at Flowers Gallery, entitled The Human Signature. It focuses particularly on how our reliance on fertiliser and the minerals we mine to create it and to sustain our modern way of life, are impacting upon our landscapes. Continue reading “Edward Burtynsky – The Human Signature”
For more than 25 years, the New York-based collaborative duo Anthony Aziz and Sammy Cucher have addressed current political dilemmas through large format digitally enhanced photographs and video installations. However, a visit to a Renaissance tapestry exhibition at the New York Met a few years ago inspired this latest exhibition at London’s Gazelli Art House of four monumental tapestries as well as a series of accompanying works on paper. Continue reading “Aziz and Cucher – Tapestries and New Works on Paper”
At the age of 73, with a career spanning six decades, Sean Scully shows no sign of slowing down. He has no fewer than 18 solo exhibitions currently at museums and institutions around the world, most notably at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Walker Gallery in Liverpool and at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Now comes his first solo show, Uninsideout, at London’s BlainSouthern gallery in which he’s exhibiting 18 new or nearly new works including a group of his well-known Landline series. Continue reading “Sean Scully – Uninsideout”
A few days ago I was sitting in a café in the east end of London when a couple of students came in and asked me some pre-prepared questions about how the area had changed over the past decades.
Without having to say anything, I pointed to my flavoured latte and to the vegan cakes on offer. We soon got on to the subject of gentrification, the high price of rents , the erosion of public amenities and the dominance of service industries. Continue reading “Elmgreen and Dragset – This is how we bite our tongue”
“I want to take the sting out of vulnerability,” says Charming Baker at the unveiling of several of his new works on this theme in a solo show at Jealous Gallery. “I want to take the things we’re frightened of and make us feel better about them.” Continue reading “Charming Baker – So It Goes…”
As the climax to a season-long exhibition of British artist William Tillyer’s works at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery and to celebrate the 80th birthday of the artist, the exhibition Golden Striker – Esk Paintings introduces the new nine-metre long and nearly three metres high painting, The Golden Striker, above, stretching across the back wall of the gallery. Continue reading “William Tillyer – Golden Striker and Esk Paintings”
Over six decades John Loker has sealed a reputation for being one of Britain’s most accomplished yet category-defying artists. His work can be found in prestigious galleries and collections worldwide including, at home, the Arts Council, the Tate, the Royal College of Art and the V & A.
Yorkshire-born, he studied at Bradford School of Art and Design in the 1950s along with the likes of David Hockney, Norman Stevens and David Oxtoby. He moved to London to study painting at the Royal College of Art in 1960 and remained in the capital more or less continually until a recent move to Norfolk. I had the great pleasure of accompanying John as we toured this retrospective exhibition of his work over 60 years, at the Flowers Gallery which has represented him for nearly all of that time. Continue reading “John Loker – Six Decades”
Born in 1957, Judy Millar has become one of New Zealand’s best known painters, representing her country at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. Her work has been exhibited not only throughout her own country but also in Europe and the United States to much critical acclaim. Her gestural work has seen many forms including large paintings that tumble from the gallery ceilings in large coils. For her first solo show in London, The View from Nowhere, she presents six paintings full of energetic and colourful works that include a signature process in which she removes layers of paint from the surface after applying it. I talked to Judy Millar on the first evening of her show. Continue reading “Judy Millar interview – The View from Nowhere”
London’s Gazelli Art House is currently hosting the third in a series of Virtual Reality art exhibitions, entitled Through the Headset 3 in which three artists/artistic groups are showing their different explorations of the media. Continue reading “Through the Headset 3 – Mbrionic, Magruder and CiRCA 69”