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

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

Cartoons into art

Pace GalleryWhen I saw the Pace Gallery were having an exhibition exploring the influence of the cartoon on contemporary art, titled Everything falls Faster than an Anvil, my mind immediately filled with images. Astro Boy, the boy robot with rockets in his boots, the creation of manga genius Osamu Tezuka; Totoro, the irresistibly cuddly wood spirit from My Neighbour Totoro, the masterpiece of Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli, and much more. I was keen to see all that translated into contemporary art. But it just shows how having a certain mindset can send you down the wrong path, because what did I find? Continue reading

Can you capture time in three dimensions?

Nobuhiro NakanishiNobuhiro Nakanishi’s current exhibition at the Kashya Hildebrand gallery is titled Reticulated Time. I looked up ‘reticulated’ in the dictionary; it means ‘constructed, arranged, or marked like a net or network’. I’m not sure whether that’s an accurate description of what these artworks are up to or not, but they certainly take a different approach to representation, using repeated sheets of perspex (I think) to give an impression of a series of impressions, if you see what I mean.   Continue reading

Gumi-chan’s tiny but happy life comes to Paul Smith

Gumi-chan at Paul Smith

Gumi-chan is a little girl who lives in the small Japanese town of Kusunoki with her mother and father, her brothers Toshio and Makoto, and her dog Ossan. It’s always 1961 in Kusunoki, a time when Japan was filled with optimism as the economy surged but the old communal ways still remained. A little utopia, in fact. Now you can savour its perfect miniature world at Paul Smith in Albemarle St. Continue reading

Metamorphose – colour meets fashion in Shoreditch

Metamorphose at tokyobike

I’m a big fan of colour, especially in the depths of what we laughingly call winter when it rains every day. I like to see pictures that zing off the wall at you, that won’t let you walk past without noticing them. It’s a little bit of cheer in the dark wet days. Which is why I enjoyed the Metamorphose exhibition, which showcases a new collection of collages by Kaoru Sato made from a series of street style photographs by collaborator Yu Fujiwara. Because, as you can see, they are mega-colourful and definitely in your face. Continue reading

Hokusai Exposed in Spitalfields

Hokusai - Red Fuji in Fine Weather

There’s a bit of a buzz around about the Hokusai Exposed exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery in Spitalfields. It describes itself as an ‘immersive exhibition of “recreated” works by Hokusai’ which sounds a bit out of the ordinary so I was keen to get down there and see what it’s all about. Starting with finding out just what it means to “recreate” a work of art. Continue reading

Takahito Irie – Influence

Takahito Irie - Painted peopleThe thing about writing a blog about London with a twist is that it takes you to parts of the city you might otherwise never have thought of visiting. Take this week, for instance, when I got the Overground to Hackney Wick, which turns out to be a little bit of industrial wasteland squashed in between Hackney Marshes, Victoria Park and the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. I was there to see an exhibition by Takahito Irie who paints people – literally. Continue reading