Nathaniel Rackowe: Black Shed
Thankfully, exploding sheds aren’t an every day occurrence - they'd be a pretty massive safety hazard. Still, this extraordinary light sculpture by Nathaniel Rackowe looks as if it’s exploding upside down and ready to flip inside out. The eery acid yellow light seems to be so strong that it is the force that is splitting the garden structure, so you might want to schedule this delight for a night time gawk for the full effect.
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Do Ho Suh: Passage/s
'The space I’m interested in is not only a physical one, but an intangible, metaphorical and psychological one.’ Those are the words of Korean artist Do Ho Suh, an artist whose transient, nomadic life is reflected in the translucent fabric sculptures he creates. These delicate sculptures replicate the architecture of the places he's lived: his childhood home in Korea, Western apartments and household appliances. The idea behind it is to reflect on the idea of home as a physical structure and a lived experience, provoking thought about migration, transience and shifting identities.
Here's one we've been hyped about for quite some time. It's the first major retrospective of the supremely talented German artist Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern, and it promises to be an evocative, powerful and groundbreaking take on the world we've found ourselves in. Tillmans is an artistic master of plenty of trades including still life and abstract photography, video, digital slide projections, publications and recorded music; all presented in the innovative way that's made the guy a household name. The starting point of the exhibition is 2003: the year Iraq was invaded, when anti-war demonstrations erupted and when Tillmans became aware of the changing world. That gives a fairly good idea of the kind of stuff on display — socio-political works that tackle the big issues such as war and activism. This isn't one to let pass you by, friend.
Innovative and irreverent are two words that often find themselves close by when the British artist Eduardo Paolozzi is mentioned. And the Whitechapel are celebrating the so called 'Godfather of Pop Art' at this retrospective which takes a good old look at his varied, humorous and experimental oeuvre that spanned 5 decades; from the 1950s to the swinging sixties and the Cool Britannia vibe of the 90s. That's quite a period of time to be doing it, so it's no wonder that there will be lots on show here: over 250 of his works, divided into four chronological sections. From post-war bronzes to revolutionary screen prints and collages; bold fashion designs and rarely exhibited drawings and sculptures. This is worth getting to as Paolozzi was a guy who always rejected artistic conventions and was unafraid to test the limits when critiquing popular culture. See it as a history lesson from a surprisingly innovative teacher.
Contemporary Visions VII
Beers annual open call group show is back alrighty. Contemporary Visions VII is an exhibition that seeks to identify current trends in contemporary art. They've been going seven years strong and always feature a load of emerging artists with a distinctive point of view and prodigious artistic talent. 11 international artists present textile works, oil on canvas, 3D animation and all those other mediums of art you've come to expect.