Saturday, 10 April 2010

A mini humf in Bristol

On Friday we had a day trip to Bristol.

After a little walk along the river and a bump into TROVE artist Zoe Williams, we arrived at Picture This. There was a short film piece by Michel Auder on, utilising only the first part of the gallery, which was a shame as I was distracted by shards of lights reflecting off passing car windows and onto the wall where the film was being projected. It was...ok. I usually like Picture This a lot and left feeling slightly underwhelmed.

Then round the corner to Spike Island and another disappointing show, this time a video piece 'Sanity Assasin' and sculpture by Amanda Beech. Zoe had warned us that this piece was 'aggressive' but after that it wasn't aggressive enough, it was repetitive and difficult to follow, the font difficult to read for the quotations and the sculpture of chain saws on mirrored topped plinths a bit obvious and felt crammed into the space rather than over empowering.


Looking forward to the next show at Spike which happens to be Zoe Williams herself! Opens 30th April 2010.

Popped into old favourite the Arnolfini to see the Imogen Stidworthy, and again I was disappointed. Nice idea, not greatly visualised and presented. The blurb went like this:

Arnolfini presents the first major survey exhibition in the UK of work by Imogen Stidworthy. She investigates the structure of language, the subjectivity and nuances of linguistic formation, and how languages can be used as a kind of defence mechanism.

Working predominantly with moving image and sound, the exhibition will present a survey of recent works, such as I Hate, originally commissioned for Documenta 12 in Germany, which shows photographer Edward Woodman relearning how to talk after losing his sense of speech following a cycling accident. Alongside this will be her recent works Get Here and Barrabackslarrabang, which looks at the modification of language, in this case by criminal gangs in Liverpool, in order to create a language barrier to protect themselves from the authorities.


Sneaky peak at the next Arnolfini show, a wall painting going up all three floors by the stairs of the gallery by Louise Bourgeois and Otto Zitko - which looks good!



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