Lisson Gallery night

Today Lisson Gallery had a late nigh opening of two shows: Anish Kapoor in gallery 67 Lisson Street and Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg exhibition at 27 Bell street. Both premises are in 2 minutes walk from each other so it is easy to see both. Both exhibitions are on display from 31st March until May 6.

I saw Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg first, it attracted many views. It was not big, only two rooms with major piece in the first room. The exhibition is called ‘Who am I to Judge, or, It Must be Something Delicious,’. The artwork is crafted in animated style – sought in the moment. It is surely interesting standing there and exploring each figure individually and how they interrelate. The display is bold, definitely questioning societies’ standards and pushing boundaries. See for yourself:

Anish Kapoor often works for Lisson Gallery and it is his sixteenth exhibition there. It was very refreshing to see variety of working techniques, not only his iconic cylinder shaped plates. Many abstract works were presented over two floors of the gallery and several large scale sculptures.

Opening night was busy as always with people drinking and sharing their opinions. If you are near the gallery check out these shows.

teamLab

Pace Gallery displays teamLab exhibition Transcending Boundaries from January 25 until 11 of March. TeamLab is a group of Japanese technologists who experiment with technology and art. They create beautiful displays using projectors, LED screens, light and sound.  Some installations are interactive and visitors can control them with smartphones. TeamLab has many permanent displays, ongoing and upcoming exhibitions across the world. If you are lucky enough to be around one do not miss your chance to see it. I am sorry to say but tickets for Pace Gallery are completely sold out. Even though the admission is free, there are allocated time slots to manage the viewings. Exhibition space is rather limited there are only three small rooms, so they only let 20 people at a time.

I was lucky enough to get in and I really enjoyed it. There are three rooms and 8 artworks – 6 artworks in the first room, one in the second and one in the third. First room is the most impressive because artworks have no boundaries and the whole room becomes a thee dimensional canvas.

The star piece is the “Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries” which is a projection of waterfall on the wall. TeamLab studied behaviour of particles in the waterfall to create the same floe in the artwork. Projection is not limited by the wall space and waterfall is spilt onto the floor. The trajectory of the waterfall influences other artworks in the room.

Another amazing piece is “Flutter of Butterflies” which is produces butterflies across the room. It obviously looks spectacular but the artwork even more impressive if you know the design behind it. The flow of butterflies is created in real time and never repeated again, quantity and movement of butterflies determined by viewers in the room. Butterflies appear from the same place where the viewer stands, but if someone touches the butterfly it disappears.

Second room one display in it – digital image of the ocean. It was extremely calming and soothing. There is a bench across the artwork so you can sit there for a while and enjoy the view.

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Lastly, in the third room you become part of the artwork. Visitors put on piece of white material and become a canvas. This room is dark when you first enter, it comes to live only with someone in it. Peoples movement triggers the program which generates flower buds, then depending on the movement buds start to bloom and then eventually fade away. If you stay still more flowers are generated and they bloom

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Great experience. TeamLab is on my radar now and I am very excited to see what they come up with next.

Frieze Art Fair

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I attended Frieze art fair on the last day just before it’s closing time. The fair was in Regents Park between 6 and 9 of October. During last day it was still overcrowded and felt like a supermarket with no particular order. I rarely like contemporary art and this fair was not an exception.

All works at Frieze art fair were for sale, however, I could not imagine buying anything for my home. The majority of art works were “museum type” – large scale and weirdly made. I am not an art critic, but I would never put a tower made from furniture and decorations in my living room.

In the garden before entrance there is an installation with different tights stretched across tree branches and fences and continued inside the hall. The exhibition was a part of Frieze Project and created by Martin Soto Climent, Mexican Artist. The idea was to transfer the entrance into a dreamy-looking spider web. I am not sure if tights was the right tool to implement the ice because the entrance looked odd.

The Modern Institute‘s booth stood out, they used garage wall to display the works. It was something different from other exhibitors and caught my eye instantly. This UK gallery has a very fresh and interesting way of displaying the art. Their gallery in Glasgow transforms from industrial to white cube and then to marble space to better capture exhibitions. Now, I really want to go to Glasgow to visit it..

Another gallery that stood out was Marianne Boesky Gallery with there white cube space.  All white – artworks, walls and floor. I think this was one of the most photographed places during Frieze, white background was a perfect setting for pictures.

This gallery looked out of place, it seemed like a stand from Chelsea Flower Show rather than Frieze contemporary. It was 303 Gallery and garden installation is by Karen Kilimnik, American artist.

Here are some artworks that made me stop and look at them. Especially photograph of a swimmer – it looks extremely powerful, full of strength and will power.

And here is a lot of weird staff..

All in all it was a good way to see what is trending and what is the current state of contemporary art. Not many artworks were marked as sold but not all galleries display red stickers. I have noticed that a lot of art was broken into pieces and also many artworks were made with everyday furniture and home appliances. And pink Barbie installation, what is that about?

P.S. Some more interesting artworks for you to see.