Strong & Unstable

I’m spending June in Venice on a Fellowship with the British Council. I spend half the time looking after the British Pavilion as part of the Biennale and the other half doing my own research.

The artist showing this year at the British Pavilion is Phyllida Barlow. When I started, I wasn’t especially fond of her works so it’s been an interesting experience spending so much time in their company. More and more, I feel like they want to get up and start jumping and dancing around the space. So I made these gifs.

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Wobbly Barlow no. 1

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Her sculptural language works as a surprisingly potent metaphor for these uncertain, unreal times. See more gifs:
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Saltaire Mantel

The hearth and the fireplace are as close as the contemporary secular Western dwelling comes to a shrine… the site of celebration and ritual” – Edwin Heathcote, The Meaning of Home

I enjoyed my weekend showing at Helena’s and Neil’s terraced house in the model town of Saltaire, Yorkshire as part of the Open Houses Arts Trail. Neil’s family was in the Merchant Navy and many of these trinkets are geniunely old. I thought they complemented the set-up quite nicely.

Lubomirov Angus-Hughes is showing lots of small works all under £180. A real delight and plenty of bargains – prints, paintings, jewellery, art objects – go for unusual Xmas gifts or just a riot of images. Highly recommended – and not just cos I’m in it. 9-18 Dec.