Ruth Dupré – Art of Glass

Ruth Dupré The Day Lady DiedI’ve been a fan of glassblower and filmmaker (among other things) Ruth Dupré’s work for quite a while now, so I was looking forward to being surprised and entertained by her latest show, Tangles of Uncertainty at the Arthouse1 Gallery in Bermondsey. And I wasn’t disappointed – there was plenty to admire and plenty to enjoy. Continue reading

Two Truths at the Griffin Gallery

Keisuke KatsukiThe Griffin Gallery currently has an exhibition of six diverse Japanese artists on show. It’s called Two Truths, in a reference to the relative and absolute truths that underpin Buddhist philosophy. I’m not sure I quite get the connection, but it’s an interesting exhibition with plenty of variety to it. Continue reading

Particle physics makes art in a car park: Ryoji Ikeda’s Supersymmetry

Ryoji Ikeda

Last year Japanese electronic composer and installation artist Ryoji Ikeda’s light show in Victoria Tower Gardens was briefly the must-see London art work, with long queues of people waiting for their chance to experience it. This year his new installation Supersymmetry is causing less of a stir. Could that be because of its location? Continue reading

On Kawara: One Million Years at Asia House

Volunteers participating in a live reading of On Kawara's "One Million Years" at the Guggenheim (Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)

Volunteers participating in a live reading of On Kawara’s “One Million Years” at the Guggenheim (Photo: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York)

I generally try to cover topics which have a strong visual aspect on this blog. Art exhibitions, flowers, food and the like. Stuff I can take photos of. So the presentation of On Kawara’s epic work One Million Years at Asia House leaves me in a bit of a quandary; how do you visually represent an audio presentation? Continue reading

Tadashi’s Kawamata’s staircase at Annely Juda Fine Art

Tadashi KawamataTadashi Kawamata has built a spiral staircase out of scrap and reclaimed wood inside the Annely Juda Gallery. It spans four floors, but counts as fairly small scale compared to some of his other works, in which he’s built massive constructions that attach themselves to the sides of classical buildings like mad wasp nests. It’s an unusual approach, and rather fun. Continue reading

Temporal Measures at White Rainbow

Takahiro Ueda‘What’s this exhibition about then?’ Yannick asked me when I suggested opening our 2015 art season with a trip to the White Rainbow. ‘Time,’ I said. But actually, it’s not so much about time as measuring time, and the different ways in which measuring it can make it seem as though its going faster or slower. Here’s what I mean. Continue reading

Big, bold and sometimes noisy – Shinro Ohtake at the Parasol Unit

Shinro OhtakeThank goodness for long-run exhibitions! So often I’m racing to get to an exhibition and write about it in time for you to go as well if you feel like it before it closes. No such problem with Shinro Ohtake at the Parasol Unit, which is on for a whole two months. Luxury. Especially as you probably will want to go once I’ve told you about it.  Continue reading

Aiko Miyanaga at the White Rainbow Gallery

Aiko MiyanagaThere’s a new gallery in town, the White Rainbow Gallery on Mortimer Street, round the back of Oxford St and guess what? It specialises in contemporary art from Japan. As you can imagine, Yannick and I were onto it like a cat on a lazy sparrow.  Saturday afternoon saw us pushing open the tall glass doors to check out the cool white space inside, suitably inaugurated with a selection of ethereal works by Aiko Miyanaga. Continue reading

Schema-Sukima paired artists at LGLondon

Atsuo Hukuda One of the things I love about blogging on art in London is the huge variety on offer. Want to see some of the great masterworks of the last thousand years? The British Museum and the V&A are waiting for you with open doors. Prefer something small, new, quirky and offbeat? There’s a host of small galleries down hidden back streets ready to oblige. Which is what led me to duck into Hanway Place yesterday for something at the tinier end of the spectrum. Continue reading

Spectra – a light show like no other

Spectra - Travelling Dave All this week, as darkness fell over London, crowds of people have headed down to Victoria Tower Gardens, the patch of green next to the Houses of Parliament where politicians are interviewed for the television news, to see a light show that’s making an all too brief appearance on our shores. It’s called Spectra, it’s by Japanese sound and light artist Ryoji Ikeda and it seems to have captured people’s imaginations. Why should that be? Continue reading