|Extracts from Jacanamijoy's list of symbols|
To the London Original Print Fair at the Royal Academy, which alternated old and new to somewhat dizzying effect, but contained a fair proportion of good material as well as such counter-titular absurdities as Eric Ravilious prints made in 2014. Three – oddly enough all abstract - works which caught my eye more positively were:
, 2014 at Alan Cristea - Carborundum relief on Moulin du Gue 350gsm paper 26.5 × 32.5 cm Edition of 30
I don’t claim to be a devotee of Howard Hodgkin’s mainstream output, and have had enough of his false framing device. But I was drawn to the lighter and more open composition of his recent near-floral carbondarum prints. The oriental echoes are no surprise, but I was reminded of a recent conversation in which I’d been assured that the Japanese cherry blossom season is no better than the English one, just better celebrated.
Delphine Lebourgeois: The Swimming Cap, 2014 Giclée Print with hand-painted cap 67x41cm
Russian photographer Anastasiya Lazurenko has a naturally contrary, convincing casual style which reminded me of Boris Michhailov, and like him she records the weird characters around her with an attractive lack of judgment to make us see them differently through her. She included a sequnce dedicated to a 'charismatic fairy alien' who died of anorexia under the sex / drug / heaven title 'Pearly Gates'
Rui Matsunago’s small paintings are skewed versions of Japanese fairy tales which channel an entertaining animalism against gold backgrounds which set up unusual colour relationships. Frogs, representing the Rain Spirit, are particularly charaterful: these two seem to be making a dark cloud which promises plentiful precipitate - or is it paradoxical smoke?
Gallery Day organiser Domo Baal opens her coal cellar for the occasion, this year featuring Mhairi Vari's installation
The Symptom of Art at Cabinet
Cabinet have found a particularly persuasive framework in which to showcase their holding of 60% of the life-sized figural tableaux made by Pierre Klossowski (1905-2001), who's better known for the drawings after which they're made. True, that’s to say only three out of five, though he’d been planning on fifteen had he lived longer. Anyway, the curious scenes which filled the imagination of Balthus’ brother have been categorised as ‘Pere-versions’ by psychoanalyst Dr Scott Von, and his several diagramatic representations of why – as shown alongside the sculptures - make suggestive sense.
Johanna Billing: Pulheim Jam Session at Hollybush Gardens
Swedish artist Johanna Billing has made a traffic jam soothing and entertaining. The citizens of Pullheim, an artificial city made up of twelve villages near Cologne which were administratively united in 1975, are shown to be pretty chilled out when caught in a tailback, contentedly eating, playing games and chatting. They do so against a surprisingly rural background, and to the sound of another kind of jam - the jazz piano of Keith Jarret at Cologne, also in 1975, as revisited here by the Swedish musician Edda Magnason. You won’t have had a more positive traffic jam experience! I mentioned this to some cynical Berliners I met later, and they thought it typical of the Rhinelanders to be unjustifiably upbeat.
|Tal R: Blinds, 2014-15 at Victoria Miro, Wharf Road|