Sunday, 20 May 2012
Still thinking of the Bauhaus: Art as Life exhibition and one of the things that was really noticeable was the setting for this exhibition. The Barbican building is a fascinating and striking part of the London furniture and it was the obvious and right place to show this collection of work. The interior was re-designed as an architectural installation by London based Carnody Groarke in collaboration with APFEL and it was done so thoughtfully and sensitively. It felt modern, yet relevant to the era and every room you walked in to was geared towards enhancing the work on show - it worked. See blurb from their website about the project below...
Situated in the Barbican Art Gallery, "Bauhaus: Art as Life" is the largest exhibition focusing on the iconic art school to be held in the UK for almost 40 years. Carmody Groarke collaborated with APFEL to create an architectural installation of elemental forms, crafted around a bespoke way of viewing a collection of over 400 pieces, allowing the visitor to interpret many overlapping stories about the Bauhaus, and also presenting the Barbican Art Gallery in an altogether fresh way. Each and every artefact, drawing, film, costume and painting has been given individual consideration within the overall experience of the Bauhaus' history through the lives of the characters that made the Schools and its work.
Friday, 4 May 2012
Blurb from the Beardsmore Gallery:
"This is our first visiting show from the Howard Scott Gallery in New York. We are delighted to be exhibiting a selection of work from David Goerk, Francisco Castro Lenero and Steve Riedell.
David Goerk uses wood, enamel, gesso and encaustic to make small wall-sited constructions. The strong colours and carefully articulated shapes have a physical presence far outweighing their size.
Francisco Castro Lenero’s canvases interweave deep reds, mustard yellows and earth colours with black and altered whites within a shifted geometric structure. His work is in the Museum of Modern Art & The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the National Institute of Fine Arts and the University Museum of Arts & Sciences in his native Mexico.
Steve Riedell develops an oil and beeswax surface on flat canvas which is then cut and applied/folded over a geometric wooden armature. Traces of the making remain visible and provide an entry point into the work’s anatomy."