This blog post covers exhibitions I have seen in January, those I want to see and update on new work that I am developing.
Exhibitions: January inspiration came from Chiharu Shiota installation at BlainSouthern Me Somewhere Else.
You can see videos on other websites of how she constructs her installations here at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne and an interview on BlainSouthern’s website here (exhibition has now finished). Fascinating and very physical process of her installation work is revealed.
Behind Kings Cross station, was the Caroline Broadhead retrospective at Central St Martins Lethaby Gallery marking her retirement from Central Saint Martins. I was particularly taken by photographs of her performance work.
The beginning of the month I saw Francis Upritchard exhibition Wetwang Slack before it finished at The Curve, Barbican. It was an exhibition that demonstrated how her visual language can come through in a range of materials and techniques (ceramics, class, textiles etc) as part of her integration into museum and display language.
Art Practice: I continued my investigations into tapestry weaving. Like with elements of Annie Albers work, for me textiles can be a method to create art, as well as design and craft, and intend to do as I have done before – exploit its sculptural potential (see The Playing Frame, Indevelopment, Between Materials and Mechanisms).
I have been talking to academics and developing proposals around complexity and agency – keep your fingers crossed we get our funding!
I also went back into the dark room, which I haven’t done for years. This was very inspirational and look forward to getting back in there soon. Here is a sneak peak of what I’ve been doing:
To end January I gave a talk on my practice and some tutorials to students at University of Hertfordshire.
Reading: In preparation for the next New Materalism artist reading group*, we are reading The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (William Collins).
Exhibitions on my list to see:
Bill Viola/Michelangelo, Life Death Rebith, Royal Academy
Olafur Eliasson (summer) Tate Modern
Senga Nengudi, Henry Moore Studio and Gardens (until 17 Feb)
Grace Wales Bonner, Serpentine Sackler Gallery (until 16 Feb)
Artists Rooms (Touring) Louise Bourgeosis, Kettles Yard (until 24 March)
*In our reading group we focus on new materialisms which I will explain more in a future blog post.