Autumn/Winter 2011 in London
There was so much art that interested me in London at the end of last year, so I decided to include some images of what I saw. Some of the main inspiration for the presentation of my works and my practice was from the Pippilotti Rist exhibition ‘Eyeball Massage’ at the Hayward Gallery. She really pushes the boundaries of what ‘installation’ art really is, and isn’t afraid to go all out on the spectacle in her presentation of it. It was such an eye-opening exhibition, really atmospheric and very beautiful. One of my favourite pieces was the very playful ‘Massachusetts Chandelier’, which I’ve included an image of here. The images of the body which Rist uses in her work, moved in a mesmerisingly and almost in a hypnotic way over the structure. The piece itself was made of underwear she’d collected from people close to her, describing the abdomen as ‘the temple’ of the human body, and respectfully paying homage to it, presenting it as something that becomes pleasing to look at aesthetically.
Tacita Dean’s ‘FILM’ in the Turbine Hall of Tate Modern was also something of a visual spectacle to see. Her focus was on the physical use of 35mm film. She cuts and colours the films in ways that keep the viewer watching, the images themselves to me almost became redundant in this respect - it was what was done with them that became interesting. I was in a sense working against this idea of nostalgia, cutting at digital images in my films, but this made for an interesting parallel.
Finally shown here is work by Richard Gaplin I saw at the Hayles Gallery, in the TEA building, London. He uses a particularly stylized technique of cutting up digital photographs of certain places familiar to him. Some aspects of architecture or things like road signs and scaffolding can be made out in the tiny splices of the imagery. The stylized approach he uses to his work gave it individuality and made it function more as an artwork than just a picture or image. I thought consequently about using stylized techniques in my work in order to maintain a focus and element of chance in seeing what is recognizable after cutting up an image at random.
Other artists work I saw that interested me last term included work by Ed Atkins and Marc Camille Chaimowicz at TATE Britain, the brilliant Gehard Richter retrospective show at TATE Modern, George Condo’s ‘Mental States’ at the Hayward, and also The Bloomberg Commission at the Whitechapel Gallery by Josiah McElheny, ‘The Past Was A Mirage I Had Left Far Behind’, for which I’ve provided a link with a video showing this fascinating installation work.