The London trip was a little bit crazy, never been to so many galleries in the space of 48 hours. Some were really great other were not so good...and a lot of snobby gallery workers.
Drawing Room- Marking Language
The first one we found was at the Drawing Room called Marking Language. It really wasnt my thing i knew this before going but my friends wanted to go. The space was a bit too clinical and too much 2D stuff for my liking! One part i did find interesting were the conversational drawings of hands speaking sign language. I like the idea of a written language without words and the simplistic outline drawings worked really well.
Quote from drawingroom.org.uk/exhibitions/marking-language
Marking Language could be read as a series of propositions, or positions, that consider the relationship between drawing and written communication in contemporary practice. It takes work being made today, by seven artists, of roughly the same generation but originating from very different parts of the world, to explore this rich territory. The artists in Marking Language use a range of strategies to divorce language from a linear narrative, for example, by fragmenting words and phrases, or by including multiple and contradictory graphic languages, and giving form to phonetic words and expressions. The work can be seen as a reflection of the fragmentation of reality, despite the illusion of world-wide connection, and a yearning for intimate and meaningful dialogue.'
Pavel Büchler, Johanna Calle, Annabel Daou, Matias Faldbakken, Karl Holmqvist, Bernardo Ortiz, Shahzia Sikander
The White Cube we found by accident on the way to the station. It was set quite far back from the path through large gates and looked empty so we were really unsure what it was. It wasn't till we awkwardly walked closer to the big glass doors that we could see work inside. The awkwardness continued as it was completely silent and we were followed throughout the whole gallery but i still managed to get some pictures...even if they are quite blurry as im trying to run away.
Through Darkest America by Truck and Tank
Mirage, Collage and the Light Knots
I really loved Larry Bells work, Im still unsure how the large portraits were made. Some parts looked like they have been scanned, other parts look like photographs but then the images manipulated to alter the opacities and reveal layers. The hanging sculptures were created by cutting figures that were photographed in motion into the material then twisted into 'light knots.'
‘Visibility depends on the action of the visible bodies on light. Either a body absorbs light, or it reflects or refracts it, or does all these things.’
The Saatchi Gallery
Bond Street Galleries (Cant remember the names.)