Christian Marclay at White Cube Bermondsey

Bridging the visual, the audible and the kinetic, Christian Marclay’s new work for White Cube Bermondsey builds on his earlier explorations of sound and visual art that we know to have produced charming results. For this show he facilitates a whole host of artistic disciplines in a comprehensive look at how it’s possible for the … Continue reading

Marina Abramovic: 512 Hours at the Serpentine Gallery

Marina Abramovic’s 512 Hours opened at the Serpentine main gallery this week after months of anticipation. However, much of the coverage in the lead up to the show has been focused on the Queen of Performance’s so-called desire for this to be a show of “nothingness” – a judgment that could quite easily flatten mounding … Continue reading

Elmgreen + Dragset: Tomorrow at V&A Museum

Buried away in the burrow-like back end of the V&A museum’s first floor is Norman Swann’s flat, into which artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset invite you to enter, upon just one condition: that you play the part of a gracious intruder. In the film of the same name written by the artist duo for … Continue reading

Novelty

The below text explores the idea of Novelty in contemporary art as per the exhibition curated by myself and Josh Berry at Asylum, SE15 this weekend gone. NOVELTY There’s a fine line between newness and novelty.  It’s a line that divides the illustrious and the new from the tacky. It separates the alluring from that … Continue reading

Andy Wicks: The Doldrums at Occupy My Time Gallery

Andy Wicks’ two-month residency at Occupy My Time Gallery, SE8 has culminated in three distinct outcomes dedicated to Deptford, which together he’s entitled ‘The Doldrums’. Each one of these outcomes claims one of the three concrete gallery walls, and each one – entitled Forged Histories, Re-rooted and Jetty – take a different physical dimension, which … Continue reading

Emma Hart: Dirty Looks at Camden Arts Centre

Tongues sealing paper as a loved one licks a letter shut, tongue trowels digging up cement slabs, tongues like ties: tongue-tied? Two tongues to make a rosette – the Best in the Show – tongues as handles, which if tugged upon could open an MDF cupboard; next to which other members of the MDF home … Continue reading

Dieter Roth: Diaries at Camden Arts Centre

The Dieter Roth that visitors meet at Camden Arts Centre is an oblivious artist, the retrospective of the German-Swiss native, reveals an unknowing creative. This sense is particularly clear in Solo Scenes, 1997-8, a collection of videos of the artist ‘at work’ displayed in the last room. These videos track Roth’s movements in the final … Continue reading

Michael Landy: Saints Alive, at the National Gallery

‘Unpredictable’ was the adjective the National Gallery ascribed Michael Landy’s work, and unpredictability was the reason they chose him as their eighth associate artist in residence (beginning in November 2009). He was a risky choice, so said the National Gallery and – funnily – the artist himself. Looking back over Landy’s career, the evidence certainly stands. … Continue reading

Barbara Rae RA: Recent Paintings at Adam Gallery

There couldn’t have been a greyer day in May to be greeted with Barbara Rae’s paintings, which continue to serve as an antidote to grotty British weather. Despite picturing (sometimes in a very loose sense) France, Spain and Ireland with a vivacious palette of pure colours, these are not as we might expect, simply feel-good … Continue reading

God Save the Village Green at Cob Gallery

The ideas behind ‘God Save the Village Green’ are rooted in the past – in the pastoral sentiment of the countryside and the communities that gather on these village greens. The question Dmitri Galitizine asks in this unconventional exhibition is: can this Little England sustain itself? The exhibition ‘God Save the Village Green,’ goes about … Continue reading