Pace Gallery

Pace Gallery opened its doors for private view of Richard Tuttle: The Critical Edge exhibition. It is on display from 13th of April until 13th May at 6 Burlington Gardens.

The exhibition showcases 7 large multimedia artworks.  Richard Tuttle is a contemporary American artist working with variety of materials. He creates large three dimensional canvases from rough fabrics, wood, nails, thread, and MDF panels.

Personally, it is not my cup of tea, but you should see for yourself!

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.

“Still Life” Hiroshi Sugimoto

Pace Gallery has organized a photo exhibition of Hiroshi Sugimoto, a Japanese photographer (b. 1948 in Tokyo) “Still Life” which is part of Dioramas series, which takes place at 6 Burlington Gardens next to the Royal Academy of Arts.

13 large-scale works, all gelatine silver prints, are displayed to the public in a spacious room in which all the pieces co-exist and complement each other. Even though the space is large, it fills with visitors quickly.

Photographs of dioramas found in natural history museums, the images play with the viewer’s perception of reality as well as photography’s supposed objectivity. As Sugimoto reveals on his own website: “Upon first arriving in New York in 1974, I did the tourist thing. Eventually I visited the Natural History Museum, where I made a curious discovery: the stuffed animals positioned before painted backdrops looked utterly fake, yet by taking a quick peek with one eye closed, all perspective vanished, and suddenly they looked very real. I’d found a way to see the world as a camera does. However fake the subject, once photographed, it’s as good as real.”

The central piece “Olympic Rain Forest” is an extremely large (185.4 cm x 477.5 cm) photograph of a forest, which Sugimoto had to print in 4 sections. The 1st edition of 5 was sold for $400,000 before the opening of the show; however, if someone is interested in buying one, another edition can be imported upon request.

“Olympic Rain Forest”, 2012, 185.4x477.5 cm, 2/5

“Olympic Rain Forest”, 2012, 185.4×477.5 cm, 2/5

“Birds of South Georgia”, 2012, 119.4x185.4 cm, 1/5

“Birds of South Georgia”, 2012, 119.4×185.4 cm, 1/5

“Galapagos”, 1980, 199.4x210.8 cm, 1/5

“Galapagos”, 1980, 199.4×210.8 cm, 1/5

The large size of the works allows the viewer to plunge into nature and almost breathe in the fresh air. Nature is seen very fragile and create an atmosphere of harmony. It is fascinating how a setting from a museum can look so natural and alive.

“Pennsylvanian Bay”, 1980, 199.4x210.8 cm, 1/5

“Pennsylvanian Bay”, 1980, 199.4×210.8 cm, 1/5

Unlike Ansel Adams, who also creates bold black and white photographs of nature, Sugimoto’s photographs look like if they were paintings, the lines are blurred and you can almost see the brushstrokes.

Close-up of “Pennsylvanian Bay”, 1980, 199.4x210.8 cm, 1/5

Close-up of “Pennsylvanian Bay”, 1980, 199.4×210.8 cm, 1/5

Close-up of “Birds of the Alps”, 2012, 119.4x171.5 cm, 1/5

Close-up of “Birds of the Alps”, 2012, 119.4×171.5 cm, 1/5

All the photos are black and white, which allows you to concentrate on the landscapes and wildlife rather then be distracted by the bright colours.

Visitors are absorbed in the exhibition and discussing photographs’ composition, tones and perspective.

Visitors in front of “Wapiti”, 1980, 119.4x210.8 cm, 1/5

Visitors in front of “Wapiti”, 1980, 119.4×210.8 cm, 1/5

The photographs are pleasant to look at, bring an air of calm to the viewer. Personally, I enjoyed the show and will return to see it again. It gave me a moment of peace in a dynamic everyday life.

More academic version of review is also available at ArtWorldNow.