Browsing Category: contemporary art

  • UK Exhibitions: March 2015

    I’ve been picking a monthly round up of art for a few years now, first on Culture24 and now on criticismism. If it’s not my imagination, this is getting more difficult. Cuts coming home to roost? It’s my unscientific impression galleries have got less likely to list forthcoming shows. It could be a sign they’re …

    March 1, 2015
  • Christian Marclay and The Vinyl Factory

    Do vast spaces bring forth big art, or does big art call for vast spaces? I ask because the current production at the South London outpost of White Cube is a monster of wholesale appropriation. Artist Christian Marclay occupies all five galleries and includes a performance space, a screen-printing operation by Coriander Studios, along with …

    February 17, 2015
  • Ruth Ewan, Back to the Fields (2015)

    While this show must have been a logistical headache, the extensive catalogue of objects in Back to the Fields points to an impossible dream. And it’s the most beautiful and sad dream: revolution. This is not the first time Ewan has visited post-revolutionary France. You can read about her doomed experiment at Folkestone in 2011. That was …

    February 12, 2015
  • UK Exhibitions: February 2015

    Welcome back to the new monthly survey of great shows from public institutions who’ve got their act together online. Cold outside, but it’s quite warm in the UK’s galleries. James Bridle: Seamless Transitions, The Photographers’ Gallery, London, 6 Feb – 15 Apr. Using planning apps and first hand accounts, tech artist Bridle has visualised some of the buildings which …

    February 1, 2015
  • UK exhibitions: January 2015

    Happy New Year to readers everywhere. Here’s the first of a monthly round up of shows in (usually) public sector spaces around the UK. So, if you’re in Britain in January 2015, you won’t want to miss… Grace Schwindt: Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, Site Gallery, Sheffield, 10 Jan – 28 Feb. …

    January 1, 2015
  • Tom Dale, Rock on Standby (2014)

    The LED blinks on and off. We could be here a while. As deep history has shown, a rock like this can take its own sweet time to breathe forth life, or yawn and swallow us all. Just whose hand might go to the remote to activate a 80kg lump of sandstone? Would it be a …

    December 18, 2014
  • Nick Davies, From Tippex Forms (i-iv) (2014)

    It’s a curious thing. It is hoped that not many typos find their way from this keyboard onto your screen. But a recent blog post for Bad at Sports had at least three. My very bad. What made it strange was that the subject of my review, Nick Davies, has been doing fantastic things with …

    December 10, 2014
  • Turner Prize 2014

    Nothing like the Turner Prize to deliver half an hour of overwrought excitement. Not that the writer of this blog was there. He was wound like a spring on the sofa, as the reportage photo above implies. But how close can you get to this Prize? Like the man in a Kafka parable, you wait and …

    December 1, 2014
  • Roberts, Selmes & Bartlett, Work Programme 71 (2014)

    For those who don’t already know, Aston Villa FC are an underperforming English football team from the West Midlands. It might not be common knowledge in the wider art world. Three artists staged a gallery event last Saturday: Bartlett, Selmes and Roberts. We’ll drop the first names, in the spirit of football. Because all support …

    November 18, 2014
  • Sophie Dickson, Shooting Range (pt 2) (2014)

    At a point of maximal chaos, the objects in this sculpture hang together and you feel you could take your finger off the pause button and return this scene to order. The tableau is composed of ‘junk’, but white paint gives it a wintry appearance, akin to a seasonal shop window, and perhaps one dressed …

    November 16, 2014