exhibition review

"Survey" @ Jerwood Visual Arts

Chris Alton, Simeon Barclay, Hazel Brill, Flo Brooks, Emma Cousin, Joe Fletcher Orr, Tom Goddard, Ashley Holmes, Lindsey Mendick, Nicole Morris, Milly Peck, Anna Raczynski, Will Sheridan Jr, Rae-Yen Song and Frank Wasser

"Toast" @ Hauser & Wirth

Martin Creed

Honestly, everything looked like a 5 year old made it and on his opening he was dressed like a 5 year old wanting to wear every possible accessory they could. part of you gets frustrated that someone can get away with the tacky, simplistic, child artwork, but then you come to realize thats why it's so brilliant. It creates this childhood type of giddiness and happiness that you can't help but appreciate the nonsensical paintings and sculptures, even if it is just gold toast and marker drawings.

"Parasites" @ Newport Gallery

Martin Eder 

"GUSH" @ Somerset House

Hannah Perry

This poignant exhibition featured large-scale dynamic sculpture, sound and film and a candid and personal exploration of mental and emotional health. The exhibition is quite bare, however the video is the main attraction. In a completely candid and honest video, Hannah Perry speaks of what its like to lose someone to suicide and what it is like to live life afterwards. The video is a montage of everyday scenes punctuated by words, thoughts and memories filled with images of life that seems normal, but perhaps is not. The gallery space itself is very distressed and felt like the perfect space for this installation. My favorite exhibition of 2018.

Antartica @ Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria

This exhibition revolves around alienation. It gathers art that probes the difficulty of this configuration of simultaneous involvement and disinvolvement, with an emphasis on more recent positions in contemporary art. It is a selection of artworks that intuitively shed light on the complex dimensions of what the concept of alienation represents: a fundamental condition of contemporaneity that shapes all aspects of our lives. 

Peter Wachtler

Untitled (Clouds), video, 2019

Tom Cruise, photograph, 2005

The film is comprised of individual frames portraying a flying dragon-type creature with a straw hat in a lonely, empty mountain landscape. There is no dramatic development, no recognizable purpose, no deeper meaning. The language is incoherent, absurd and follows no exact narrative. The creature talks to itself about its loneliness. Nothing is as we know it, and yet the protagonist is often unnervingly close to us.

The photograph was taken of his phone which illustrates tom cruise being removed from his surroundings yet completely present. It is hard to say whether he is being himself or simply living up to expectations in this captured moment

Ian Wallace

At The Crosswalk VI, 2008

Jan Hoeft

I Feel You, 2018, installation, billboard, water cycle

400 x 600 x 300 cm

 

this installation alludes to the billboards on construction sites which promote emerging groups of buildings. They show computer- stimulated structures whose idealize forms visualize the future. Anything that might disturb the overall picture is left out, even the imagined residents blend in with the structural setting. Instead of families or communities, they are presented as ensembles of individuals whose urban lifestyle complies with prototypical consumer groups found in thr world of advertising. They all look towards the viewer, which makes them appear even more isolated. A closer look at the billboard reveals a perplexing intervention: these people, who have apparently found a home in the perfectly designed building, are all crying.

"Every Thought There Ever Was" @ Focal Point Gallery

Lindsay Seers

Seers' was set in a pitch black room and you are given a pair of headphones and told to sit on the bench. It is around 30 minutes and the 3 robotic video screens alternate between insects, space, and some mildly unsettling imagery. In this installation, Seers' explores the extraordinary brain functioning that occurs in the condition of schizophrenia. Seers  considers historical representations of schizophrenia and contemporary understandings into the condition through the use of virtual reality. By working with multiple mental health professionals, including a neurosurgeon (whom is the narrator you hear throughout the video, Seers created a digital world in which the patient can talk to their persecutors in the form of 3 moving robots with a screen and audio. It allowed for the mental disease to be understood a little more clearly and allowed the viewer to essentially put themselves in the shoes of the patient.