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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye @ Serpentine Gallery

  My post-graduate qualms are the reasoning behind this prolonged hiatus. With an extreme feeling of displacement, art world obstacles and lack of inspiration, I visited Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s exhibition ‘After Dusk’ at the Serpentine Gallery. Having never visited a solo show and only seen her work in isolation, it was imperative to experience this show thoroughly- I visited twice. The exhibition showcased a selection of her new work, along with a variety of  “key paintings”. Yiadom-Boakye’s portraits are commonly large black figures that remain outsite of a particular time or moment. With this intentional awareness, I deciphered this as a call to the viewer to attempt to investigate her artist strategies. My first walk into the gallery came along with a sense of hope. The fact that these particular instituitions can carry the constructs of Black British work is highly important. Once taking in the moment I began to make my way around the gallery space. The dominant feature, I believe, of Yiadom-Boakye’s work is the use of dimension. The magnitude of her canvas pieces …

Charlie Phillips @ PhotoFusion

It is extremely rare to visit an exhibition and have an overwhelming feeling of affinity to the Artists response. I felt this particular way when visiting Charlie Phillip’s exhibition at PhotoFusion in Brixton. His show named ‘How Great Thou Art’ is a photo-documentation exhibit of Caribbean and African funerals in London over the past 50 Years. Being of Caribbean heritage I was notably interested in how the difference in culture has changed throughout the decades. As soon as I saw the advertisements, it became fundemental for me to visit. How Great Thou Art is classic funeral ballad, that is almost eminent at every Caribbean funeral. The cunning ethos of making this the title of his exhibition was a powerful tool in creating a sense of acknowledgement to the African/Caribbean presence in Britain. With London now being labelled as ‘Gentrification City’ it was dynamic to see exhibitions of this kind happening. Photofusion is situated in an immensely warm environment- contrary to what we might know as the contemporary ‘white space’. As I entered the gallery, I …

I have to trust my Artist Heart

I’m letting you in to my world. I had to work through discomfort, through the pressure of time and realised that it only ever exists in your mind. There’s nothing like completing something that you’ve put everything in to. Don’t let anybody, even yourself tell you that you can’t- because if you say you can; you will.

Sorry you feel uncomfortable

There are times when I have so many ideas, so much work and not enough confidence. I’m trying. As you all have been questioning- the reclusive bubble is still there; always there. The only way I can pop it (I’ve realised) is to do ‘things’. Therefore, I’m doing a lot of things. I stepped out of my comfort zone and decided to be a part of a collective for Rivington Place (The gallery that I’m so passionate about). This has proved to be one of the most enriching, challenging and educational experiences yet. Though I’m still in the middle of my paintings I wanted to share the exhibition on Friday 22nd August 2014. The collective is called SORRYYOUFEELUNCOMFORTABLE. Though I wasn’t there for the name choice, it speaks to me and my works on an array of levels. It fits, as most of the time I am the one who feels uncomfortable. As for writing- I have been to exhibitions, experienced it, felt it but just haven’t typed it. Sometimes I feel like thats exactly …

Nina Canell @ Camden Arts Centre

The Camden Arts Centre is located in a reformed victorian library, this incredible architecural building was home to Nina Canell’s Solo exhibition ‘Near Here’. Her work evaluates and conquers themes of materiality, science, nature and structure. Whilst invigilating the exhibition I found the question of physical interaction to be the main assesment. It was fascinating watching visitors collaborate with the work. The full body of artwork was extremely delicate, this made the viewers more attentive and observant to the overall scientific reactions. The building is facing towards infinite open sunlight which complimented the water cable tank installations- Consquently creating beautiful prisms which gave the entire space an energetic, enchanting feel. All of the installations were at dramatically different dimensions. For example, a glass full of coagulated air next to an open cable on top of a plinth. This change in proportion makes the viewer engage with the work differently, perhaps Canell wanted to assess our focus on Art’s reception. Illusionistic elements were also an astounding touch to the valuation of interplay. Initially my thoughts entering …

1 YEAR OF TVL

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