Your rainbow panorama is a new permanent sculpture for the Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark. Perched on top of the building, it is a huge, circular corridor of rainbow coloured glass panels which look out across the city. As your eyes adjust to the coloured glass, the 1cm strips between the panels appear to be the opposing colour in the colour circle. After-images are the sensation that Goethe wrote about in his Theory of Colour where colour effects the retina in response to what you have seen.
Other works include a room of multi-colour mist based on the RGB colour model but transforming to CMYK where the colours overlap.
This evening, Taryn Simon introduced A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters at Tate Modern and talked about the ideas behind the portraits and text. Each bloodline required meticulous research and the most difficult to persuade were 2 feuding Brazilian families. The works are presented in a formal way with the text enclosed so that the artist retains control of all the elements. She loves making books and was very passionate about presenting the work in that form – 900 pages.
She was also nice enough to pose for me.
The Met has done McQueen proud in their staging of Savage Beauty. The sets and lighting of the pieces is exquisite. The curator, Andrew Bolton, has focused on McQueen’s love of Romanticism and included 100 pieces from the first show to the last. The dramatic exhibition includes videos of the runway presentations and a hologram of Kate Moss.
The intricacy of the workmanship in combination with his complex concepts makes a memorable show, each room more amazing than the last. Seeing the pieces up close is a very different experience from the shows.
The group exhibition curated by Elias Redstone for Analix Forever is a contemporary view of utopian architectural projects. Originally designed with weighty social and political values, the buildings now appear in various states of inhabitation and destruction. Photographers Iwan Baan and Frederic Chaubin have included work from Chandigarh, Brasilia and the former USSR. Chaubin’s images of late Soviet era buildings are fantastic.
Bloomberg New Contemporaries is back at the ICA. I liked two figurative pieces. One a line-drawn animation by Kristian de la Riva, featuring a man inflicting violent injuries on himself. Surprisingly gruesome.
The other, a video called The Encounter by Agnieszka Kucharko shows an unidentifiable man in an establishment setting. A carefully worded and spoken monologue questions emotions and agendas. The focus is very much on the sound, making the oblique language more dense.
Floris Neususs is among 5 cameraless photographers who’s work is being shown at the V&A. Neususs makes photograms and his early, large scale work from the 60′s has a beautiful textural and painterly quality often missing in digital prints. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a film featuring the artists discussing their work.
Was this picture of Elias Redstone for Soma a portent of the installation by artist Agnieszka Kurant and architect Aleksandra Wasilkowska for the Polish Pavilion in Venice. He has curated a show of ‘urban portable holes’, in-between spaces. The visitor, climbing a caged structure and jumping into the unseen, is metaphorically freed from the controls and regulations in the urban environment.
Designer, Sebastian Coles, keeping things under control.
Tate Modern has gathered together 70 collectives for the Festival of Independents. Highlights include Tower of Now, a 25m column made of cash register rolls and Icelandic 10 krona coins. Performance artist, Bea Camacho, crochets herself inside a cocoon and then disappears. Mame Modern Salon provide free haircuts – but in the mirror you see a video of a previous cut instead of your reflection. Old News, from Cneai, reconfigures news stories to rewrite history.
Finally, a kitten bouncy castle, complete with mittens.
Pick Me Up is the first contemporary graphic art fair in the UK. 24 up-and-coming designers and illustrators have been selected to show at Somerset House. Everything feels hand-drawn and hand-made and decidedly lo-fi.
Collectives Nous Vous and Evening Tweed are showing prints and small edition books, Print Club, London has artists doing live screen printing and the paper cutter Rob Ryan has moved his studio in for the event – Rob is drawing, his assistants are cutting delicate paper stencils and making screen prints. It’s wonderful to walk around and be part of all this industry.
Machine-A in Berwick Street is showcasing work by Tomihiro Kono, who makes headpieces and his girlfriend Sayaka, an illustrator and photographer. Together they collaborate on the most beautiful imagery, sometimes nostalgic and sometimes drawing on darker themes.
In this exhibition they have made a film with their long term muse who gives a whimsical performance to Whatever Lola Wants by Peggy Lee.