= The Crawford Arts Review: June 2014

Sunday, 29 June 2014

COOL LIKE ICE CREAM: AUGUSTUS THOMPSON in North Gallery III at White Cube Bermondsey

© 2014 the artist, with thanks to White Cube

Until Sunday 6th July
White Cube Bermondsey
144–152 Bermondsey Street
London SE1

Opening times
Tuesday–Saturday 10am–6pm
Sunday 12pm–6pm

Thursday, 26 June 2014

The Arrival of Spring DAVID HOCKNEY at Annely Juda Fine Art, Dering Street, London W1

Finishes Saturday 12 July

Fourth floor: colour prints
An exhibition of David Hockney’s iPad-based drawings made using a Brushes APP and a stylus and drawn with bold lines so that they could be enlarged, printed out on four sheets, and the paper mounted on dibond to be framed and hung on a gallery wall.

I believe this is the first time that iPad-based works have been shown in a private gallery in London. Trust it to be David Hockney.

The implication is that whether you use a stick of charcoal on paper or a stylus on a touch screen these are but tools. What matters is your skill as an artist. Trained in Bradford School of Art and the Royal College (in 1953–57 and 1959–62 respectively), Hockney is one of those who suffered for his art – that is, missed, I imagine, not a single class in perspective drawing, training his hand and eye meticulously.

He can look at a woodland track and on this tiny screen take the viewer unerringly through the picture plane while at the same time “thinking big” so that the marks he makes will later translate perfectly to the large scale he has in mind when they are framed and hung on a gallery wall. 

Nowhere is this more apparent that in DH0619 (28 April 2011) where the drawing is so freehand it becomes lyrical. It’s sold of course.
David Hockney, The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) - 28 April (2011)
iPad drawing printed on paper, edition of 25 signed and numbered, 

139.7 x 105.4 cm (ref:DH0619), © the artist


Look at the artistic references we have in this print. Hockney's education in and homage to those before him showing up loud and clear.

At the time of writing, DH0666 (4 May 2011) is still for sale. Hopefully they will have done so already, but I would urge anyone in charge of a national collection to empty their pockets for it. It depicts a woodland edge, with starting-to-bleach-out undergrowth and, in the foreground, the brightness of woodland wild flowers. 
David Hockney The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) - 4 May (2011)
iPad drawing printed on four sheets of paper, mounted on four sheets of dibond, edition of 10 signed and numbered 236 x 178 cm overall (ref:DH0666),
© the artist
All that's missing is birdsong. And perhaps a touch more tightness in the curation overall.

Third floor: black and white prints
David Hockney’s series of charcoal drawings – portraits no less – of the Woldgate woodlands of East Yorkshire in winter and not for sale.

The artist has used five different viewpoints from which to record his woodland over a timescale that takes us from bare branch to the blossom and new leaves of a new spring.

They are beautiful: black and greyscale drawings that incorporate deftness and muscularity.
One snowy landscape has a path leading steeply uphill to the horizon. Another accurately depicts the country winter season’s most soggy moment where the snow has melted to fill an ancient woodland dip that is now flooded with icy water.

Yet another, finely worked, shows mixed woodland in its most sumptuous bursting of blossom and new leaf. These familiar and neglected green things are what give us life.

Annely Juda Fine Art
4th Floor, 23 Dering Street
London W1S 1AW
E ajfa@annelyjudafineart.co.uk

Opening hours
Monday–Friday 10:00–18:00
Saturday 11:00–17:00

Monday, 23 June 2014

"Passengers": Jimp (Jim Hollingworth) presented by Gavin Turk at TJ Boulting

Until Saturday 05 July 

The exhibition takes place in the two lower rooms of a spectacular Grade II listed Arts & Crafts building from the early 20th century in Fitzrovia (aka East Marylebone in whose conservation area it lies geographically). 

It features the work of artist illustrator Jim Hollingworth (Jimp) whose skillful caricatures of urban archetypes impresses (do see "David" and "Alan from Accounts"). There are also pastiches of icons (do see "Mona") as well as headlines subjected to arbitrarily chopped lineation, written up on A4 sheets and tacked to the gallery walls. 
Copyright © 2012 Jimp, courtesy of the artist.

The exhibits play with our unconscious and all are works "wherein the thin veneer of civilisation covering the troglodyte rawness of our baser selves is stripped away" I quote. Fabulous fun then. 

There is an accompanying book (This is Not a Book about Gavin Turk, £14.99, Trolley Books) wherein the artist Turk has allowed the illustrator Hollingworth to produce line drawing replicas of various works including Turk's own. 

Winess a lively rendering of Bag (2000), a bronze cast of a full rubbish bag painted to look real on page 136, and the work that started it all, the blue ceramic plaque (19891991) that records Turk's time at the Royal College of Art on page 187.

There are also some lovely "extras" like the recipe for Turkish eggs on page 183.

The book does a nice line in design and typographical drolleries and references. If the ICA don't stock it I feel it's only a matter of time. 

This is Not a Book about Gavin Turk's content is a collection of essays led off by Damien Hirst, together with 29 other writers, artists and philosophical types, all writing about the good Gavin. 

Don't miss "Waiting for Gavo", part of Rachel Newsome's essay on page 187.

The book ends with a Glossary and an "About the Contributors": you get your money's worth. The exhibition itself is free.

TJ Boulting
59 Riding House Street, London W1
Opening Times: TuesSat, 11am6pm

Friday, 6 June 2014

The work of the Prix Pictet prizewinner and finalists on view until Saturday 14 June

Works from the annual Pictet Photographic Prize are on show at the V & A's Porter Gallery until Saturday 14 June.

The work of the winner, Michael Schmidt,* can be seen as well as the work of the other ten finalists.

The Prix Pictet was founded in 2008 to promote sustainability. The 2014 theme, 'Consumption', is well covered with 70 works by photographers from nine countries, the US, Japan, Netherlands, China, UK, Colombia, Ukraine, Nigeria and Germany.

Motoyuki Daifu
Project Family #02
© 2014 the Artist and Prix Pictet
Image courtesy of Prix Pictet

* The celebrated photographer Michael Schmidt died on 24 May in Berlin, 3 days after winning the Pictet Prize. 

The photographers' portfolios, including that of Michael Schmidt (Lebensmittel (foodstuff)), can be seen here.

Exhibition Free
10.00 am to 5.45 pm daily
10.00 am to 10.00 pm Fridays

A book commemorating this year's award, Consumption, is due for release. You can order it early from the publisher teNeues.