Designed for the Royal Bank of Canada by first-time exhibitor Charlotte Harris, this garden, inspired by the Boreal Forest of Canada and focusing on the importance of fresh water, felt cool and serene on a hot day.
She completely captured the natural rhythm of form and texture along with a variety of greens making a harmonious and very appealing place.
Charlotte has been at Chelsea for several years working with other designers but this was her first Chelsea garden winning a well-deserved gold medal.
Part of the Barbican’s exhibition, Into The Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction, this installation by Conrad Shawcross is hidden 2 floors away from the rest of the show in The Pit so needs a bit of an effort to get down there.
I entered a dark space, where a kind of growling, almost animalistic sound came from a constantly moving machine in the middle of a henge made of lightweight perforated screens.
The “creature” explores its space with a slow-moving probe, all the while making these sounds between organic and machine.
It’s worth seeing this installation after the main show as your mind is already full of the imagery and tuned in to strangeness and connection with alien life forms.
Given the weather I thought an outdoor post would be appropriate for this week.
Nestling under the mature trees we discovered this gem designed by Ishihara Kazuyuki, a regular gold medal winner in the Artisan Garden category (plot sizes 5 x 4m or 7 x 5m) at the Chelsea Flower Show.
This year he kept his gold medal record and deservedly so with his inspiration the Kyoto imperial garden which has no defensive moat or wall as it was inconceivable that it should ever be under threat.What I found staggering here was the level of detail with all sides of the plot carefully considered. Here is a photo of the back
and the sides
Known for his trademark use of moss seen here in a detail on the sides
and along the front.The scale is deceptive, giving an impression of generous and mature landscape within such a tiny space
Now that galleries are increasingly moving online, art fairs and pop-ups are the main shop windows for many.
This time the Affordable Art Fair was at Hampstead, on the heath, a pretty location where you can almost feel you’re out of London.
Galerie Nummer 40 showed these porcelain polyhedron sculptures by Mo Cornelisse . I so wanted to touch them.
VC Art showed several of David Cottingham‘s dancer life drawings vivid with their immediacy of gesture.
These paintings shown by Jordi Alcaraz on Galeria Miquel Alzueta’s stand were quite different from the work he is otherwise known for to the extent that I wasn’t even sure it was the same person. He works in monochrome and these charmingly look like colour tests.
Some fairs offer a great deal in terms of learning opportunities and this was one of them.
I love the fact that this exquisitely drawn and detailed print by Hugo Wilson at Pratt Contemporary is contemporary. The title “Goodbye to Monkeys” is so apt for the expression on the creature’s face.
A completely different approach is this huge screen print by James Nares at Durham Press. I can see the appeal of reproducing this type of mark-making as it can take an awful lot of time to get the expression just right and true.
I admired the silver oxide and silver in this print by Mario Palacios Kaim at Arroniz given my ongoing experimentation with the changes over time that happen with silver gilding.
Anish Kapoor had 4 prints at Lindsey Ingram – I’m sure the anxious expressions were fleeting though if I had a blank behind me I’d be worried (just a trick of my camera – there was one there – really).
I wonder if Glenn Brown’s energetic mark-making at Paragon was influenced by the work of Jean Joseph Bernard, featured in a previous post.
This etching on plaster by Till Verclas at ARS, -TIS, F looks to me as much like a reclining figure as a landscape