Browsing Category: installation art

  • Mark Leckey, Affect Bridge Age Regression (2017)

    In hypnotherapy, an affect bridge is a way of linking feelings in the present with feelings in the past. But if an affect bridge were a bridge in real life what form would it take? Mark Leckey has free associated a bog-standard graffiti strewn motorway crossing. It’s an icon we never knew existed, until we …

    July 18, 2017
  • Christopher Gray, The Dumas Complex (2017)

    In recent times, most things have been considered an art. There is, for instance, the art of baking, the art of conversation, and, for sociopaths everywhere, the art of the deal. But at J Hammond Projects in North London, one applied art form is proving to have enough legs to endure for the foreseeable future, …

    July 11, 2017
  • Jac Leirner, The End (2016)

    The drug addict and the contemporary artist share a certain flair for rebellion. And so the sight of a high tensile steel cable threaded with roaches from spliffs makes perfect sense here. We are told that Leirner is/was an addict and that the work here in her blue-chip show at White Cube was originally put …

    April 18, 2016
  • Annette Messager, Les interdictions (2014)

    As 1968 begins to pass out of living memory, the date begins to lose its power. Sadly. We are by now a long way from barricades and a long way from a revolutionary tipping point. It seems. Perhaps to keep the memory alive and honour the students who could have brought down a Western government, …

    January 30, 2016
  • Nicholas Mangan, Ancient Lights (2015)

    The greenest show in London right now is at Chisenhale, where Nicholas Mangan powers two films with solar panels on the gallery roof. In terms of power, it’s a closed circuit. But this isn’t so much concern for the environment. The Australian artist’s air miles might have scotched that. It’s about the economy of sunlight on this troubled planet …

    August 26, 2015
  • Ben Woodeson, Rat Trap Neon (2013)

    There are plenty of ways into this show-stopping piece by UK artist Ben Woodeson. But explore just a little and you may find no way out. One or more of those rat traps will hold you fast. Of course, that’s not an invitation to touch. The art itself would come off as badly as you. …

    August 14, 2015
  • Nathan Coley, You Imagine What You Desire (2014)

    What a difference a new occasion makes. The last installation of You Imagine What You Desire was over 17,000 km away at a Biennial in Sydney. Now it appears in a festival in Brighton. But geography is the least of it. In Sydney it was on a gallery facade; in Brighton it is in an …

    May 12, 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
  • 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