It’s rare I really get excited about seeing an exhibition, probably 3 or 4 times a year. Excluding the odd time you stumble into something fantastic you hadn’t anticipated seeing. But on a recent trip to London I’ve been lucky enough to catch two great exhibitions put on at the Southbank Centre and Photographers Gallery.
If you live in the city or visiting soon be sure to check them out!
Martin Creed – What’s the point of it?
Wed 29 Jan 2014 – Sun 27 Apr 2014.
Where? Hayward Gallery
A thought provoking exhibition curated to amuse and shock its audience, playful and full of Creed’s famous witticisms.
My highlight was stepping into the space and being welcomed by an overwhelming beam of neon lights spelling ‘MOTHERS’ which stands twelve and a half metres long upon a structure of industrial metal. In the artists own words, ‘when you’re small, your mother is always really big. So it seemed like a good reason for this to be big and…scary’. The structure rotates on variable speeds and at times appears to be ‘dangerously out of control’.
The exhibition spreads across 3 floors, a massive collection to explore. But one piece that won’t be archived to your subconscious after seeing is ‘Sick Film’. I won’t go into the gritty details, the clue is in the title. Google it. You’ll catch my drift.
Taking Shots – The Photography of William S. Burroughs.
17 Jan – 30 Mar 2014.
Where? The Photographers Gallery
A beautiful collection of personal images taken by the American writer, novelist, essayist, spoken word performer and painter. Taking Shots is the first exhibition that focuses on Burroughs’ vast collection of photographs reflecting his aesthetic point of view and creative processes.
His truly unique style and simple, modernist outlook is worth checking out. But be quick, the exhibition closes on the 30th March.
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