After a day of jointly managing the final show meeting at Camberwell, focusing on the use of space within the show and the relationships between the proposed pieces to develop a layered narrative experience for the audience (it really is going to be an excellent show) I managed to get to Tate Modern to see the Ellen Gallagher - http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ellen-gallagher-axme– it was good to see the actual work as the reproductions don’t really convey the intense materiality of the pieces – both the initial found material, especially the ‘black’ magazines and the repetitive marks created by the artist. My favourite room has to be room 2 - the one full of the ‘yellow paintings’ that are an eccentric example of how to use plasticine although the film using the SF Horror as a starting point was wonderfully disturbing with its fiery hair and empty eyes.
There is also an intriguing and pertinent show in the project space that fronts the river on ground (1st) level. http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/project-space-word-sound-power Often the most interesting work within the Tate can be found in this space so it’s always worth a visit. The exhibition is devoted to sound and word - there are a number of really interesting pieces and if you contribute to one of them you get a book!
Meanwhile whilst trawling Google Street View I came across these images and thought – odd but enjoyable watching trying to make sense of reality.