Browsing Category: conceptual art

  • Simon, Numbers (2015)

    He doesn’t sound like an artist. Without a surname he sounds like a character from a child’s game. His paintings don’t look like paintings. They look like price tags. But Numbers is a certainly a work of art. It undermines its own claim to genius, immateriality, aura and transcendence, so in this day and age …

    December 10, 2015
  • Ian Hamilton Finlay, In Revolution Politics Become Nature (1980)

    A slogan is etched into a block of stone and the stone laid on a piece of red felt. There is something somewhat reverent about this inscription; the words carry weight and are to be handled with care. You read the title off the block. And then you read it in a different way off the …

    April 9, 2015
  • Ryan Gander, Dad’s Halo Effect (2014)

    Let’s get a comparison out of the way. Art is like an infinite game of chess. An artwork will reorient all the pieces round it, and inevitably change the game. But chess fans visiting Beswick in East Manchester may be frustrated by the inscrutable configuration of pieces in Ryan Gander’s third major artwork for the public. It’s a checkmate, apparently. But …

    November 27, 2014
  • Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock, The Captive (2014)

    JCHP are a two-man art ‘team’, who have been accused of ‘nigh-on psychotic self-analysis’ (in their own catalogue to boot*). So where to start and what to add? First, it’s a relief that Jeffrey Charles Henry Peacock are in fact hard grafting artists Dave Smith and Thom Winterburn. Thankfully, they’re not just one horrendously posh …

    November 21, 2014
  • Simon Faithfull, REEF (2014)

    The real underwater world has already exercised its independence from the work of Simon Faithfull. REEF was fully working for six days, after which he lost transmission. But there is no going back. The artist did manage to burn and sink a 32-tonne ship. He did manage to salvage nearly a week’s video feed from …

    November 3, 2014
  • Danh Vo, Das Beste oder Nichts (2010)

    Where you might expect to find a detail such as ‘oil on canvas’, or ‘cast bronze’, or even ‘car engine’, Vo gives us the full scoop on his indecorous found object. A wall plaque opens the bonnet. Indeed. This contemporary sculpture is comprised of “The engine of the artist’s father Phung Vo’s Mercedes Benz.” Provenance is all: …

    October 26, 2014
  • Photostory: Ryan Gander at Manchester Art Gallery

    Ryan Gander is an artist who embodies the dictum by Jasper Johns, which goes: ”Take an object. Do something to it. Do something else to it.”. His work is multi-faceted. Consider this homemade calendar for example. Populated by jottings from Gander’s notebooks, it comes with an evocative and seeming arbitrary title: And what if no one believes the truth? …

    July 14, 2014
  • Hannah Knox, Buff (2013)

    Painting is an empty pocket. The content it once contained, the paint itself, has in many cases gone. In all cases now, a stretched canvas is a blank canvas. Put in it what you will. So the unadorned white t-shirt you see here, the unifying image from a show which shares its name, is more …

    September 22, 2013
  • Katie Paterson, Second Moon (2013-14)

    The moon is to be howled at. When it comes to our planet’s only satellite, we have been-there-done-that. If there was a concession selling t-shirts, we missed it. Our arrival, let’s face it, was a disappointment. We struck neither oil nor gold. Bored astronauts batted around golf balls and American footballs in an inspirational void. …

    August 30, 2013
  • Jochem Hendricks, Warlord, 2009-2010

    You cannot see them, but you believe them to be there. Sewn into the lining of this greatcoat are hundreds of coins. They give it both physical and metaphorical weight. But were it not art, the monetary value would still not amount to much. Gallery notes reveal the coinage to be nickels and dimes. Not …

    November 26, 2012