Blain|Southern // Tim Noble & Sue Webster / White Cube Hoxton

By: aspyhole

Oct 09 2012

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Category: Anomalous Islands, Art, Decipherment, Deepest Darkest, Exhibitions, London

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Fresh from not being mentioned by the Evening Standard in relation to woman-crushing incidents, Blain|Southern, who this year exhibited a stunning collection of Lucian Freud drawings, launches their new gallery in London’s Hanover Square at the start of ‘Frieze Week’ with an interesting but somewhat underwhelming show of sculptures by Tim Noble & Sue Webster. Building on an arguably tired existing body of work, and ideas originally developed by them over 15 years ago, Tim & Sue present a new set of their ‘Shadow Works’: apparently complex abstract sculptures that create a silhouette of the pair when illuminated from a particular angle.

Not necessarily known for creating particularly complex art, the show is arguably a sensible choice to open a gallery with: its gimmicky nature will certainly draw crowds and publicise the new gallery. The space is not itself huge and does not compare with other large contemporary art galleries in the vicinity, but still provides a welcome addition to the area, and will especially so once / if the wall blocking out the huge windows is removed for future exhibitions.

The new addition on the scene arrives as several American galleries set up shop round the corner, but perhaps more significantly, just as White Cube announce the closure of their Hoxton gallery. Still not officially announced by the gallery on their website, it appears that the gallery won’t re-open in the new year after their forthcoming Harland Miller exhibition.





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