The concept behind the Living Cities Exhibition is to display different artist’s experience in the cities that they have lived and worked in.
The theme is quite urban and not all of the artist work in the same way. There was a mixture of photography, paintings and installations.
I was attracted to the photography by Boris Mikhailov, named Red. The group of vivid photos were taken in Mikhailov home town in Ukraine, Kharkiv. What is noticeable is the colour red that is seen through all 84 images. Red can be seen on clothes, flags and building within Ukraine and sometimes it may not be obvious, but the smallest speck of the colour will be in a photo.
Although the were 84 images, it did not seem like that because of the layout. I am unsure if I liked how they were displayed. It appeared as though it was set out like this to fill the length of the wall, making it look slightly sparse. I would have preferred it if all the photos were placed like how some are in the rectangular section.
The gallery space was quite big and it made the room appear empty although most of the work were on large scale. The lighting worked well, as all the art work could be seen even on the photographs.
The exhibition overall links to my project because I am too exploring urban places. The pieces were visually abstract but you could understand that they were responding life in a city.
The Tate Modern has welcomed the Switch House and has included Artist Rooms for many international artist.
Most people have come across Louise Bourgeois’ sculpture of a spider that was displayed outside the Tate in 2008. Her drawings and sculptures reflect on many experiences such as love, death, birth and fear and many which are personal.
The exhibition showcased a variety of her late work and her early work, as well as a range of materials she has used. There was so much life in both rooms. A selection of her smaller sculptures were kept behind glass in a smaller room, while her larger pieces where placed in the main space. The sculptures where visually pleasing because they were positioned a various ways. Some were hanging from the ceiling and others spread across the flooring.
I thought the layout was better than the Living Cities exhibition because it did not seem so empty.
Although I am not usually fond of sculptures, there is something I quite like about Bourgeois. It could be the design of them and how they are a bit dark and quirky. The range of materials she has used keeps the exhibition interesting. For example, the drawings complemented the sculptures because it was 2D representation of her 3D work. The layout of the drawing worked well against the large white walls. The frames helped the drawings not be drowned by the walls and to perhaps make them slightly three dimensional.
I have always wanted to see Ed Ruscha’s work in person and was very excited to go to his exhibition in London.
Extremes and In-betweens took place at Gagosian, a very modern exhibition space located near Bond Street Station. Sometimes I find modern spaces to be quite plain and boring because of the white walls, however, Ed Ruscha’s art work was on a larger scale so the rooms did not seem empty. The design of the rooms were very contemporary but nice and I was very fond of the windows because they were big enough to bring in enough natural lighting, as well as having a lovely view of the streets.
All the painting differ from one another but still have a link. His four images at the entrance were unique, as they showed tops of mountains framed by a darkened cinematic aperture along with language like ‘All Some None’.
My favourite piece from the exhibition was Bio, Biology, 2016. The texture made me want to touch the canvas and the composition within the text was so poetic. The stages of spelling and saying the word ‘biology’ was shown perfectly because of the size and gradually adding letters. The circular shapes behind each text reflects science and I felt it stood out from the rest of his work.
One aspect that was needed was a little description of each artwork, as I do like to find out more about how it was made and the reason behind it. Nevertheless, I thought the exhibition was great.
I am inspired by Ed Ruscha’s work because I am looking at image and text. My recent work, I decided to experiment with adding text on my images. But the point of this was to make the text just as important as the image behind it. In Ruschca’s work, the language becomes an object itself.