Month: September 2013

Ellen Gallagher- AxME @Tate Modern

I went to view the Ellen Gallagher show at the Tate Modern on the last day. I decided to visit later in the exhibition due to a large amount of critical opinion. I wanted to hear/read everyone’s perception first. I exited with a book of notes and only have a paragraph to share as her inspiration literally took me in to another world; I am lost for words. Many writers have labelled the show as the Artist using “subtle” references to black history. Yet in my opinion, black history is the true nucleus of this exhibition. She welcomed us with a self portrait starring at Neurologist Sigmund Freud, almost suggesting to us that she was intending to change the way we think. This was the beginning of many quiet connotations. Being a mix media (Contemporary) Artist,layering and manipulation are two very important and massively symbolical techniques that she has presented exquisitely. Beneath the wit, the hue and the 3D application,lays history. Which is perfectly represented in one of her most famous pieces Bird in Hand …