Last night, a friend and I went to a Private View of two exhibitions at The Serpentine Galleries.
Firstly, we saw the work of Leon Golub in his show entitled Bite Your Tongue. His graphic images were spread across the walls on textured canvases, hanging not stretched. Most of the oversized images were harrowing, expertly crafted to give the viewer a sense that they are somehow involved in the atrocities he paints. There are many subtle layers to his work, with human forms, words and objects only eventually coming to the fore after a second, third, fourth look. My friend noted how his work feels like photojournalism in a different form; he fearlessly confronts what were the current events of the time, with scenes of oppression and violence, and you have no choice but to absorb what is in front of you. I enjoyed his work very much and would recommend a visit. Open until 17th May.
Next, we ventured into an exhibition called BOOMERANG by Pascale Marthine Tayou. The space was an explosion of colour, an unrelenting commentary on escalating global consumption and the struggles taking place to define identity on a national and personal level. The artist has created a visual treat at every turn and I felt the exhibition was curated very well. The designer in me was drawn to the larger scale work, to the colour, composition and the way the pieces inhabit the space. I especially loved these huge diamond shapes suspended from the ceiling (below). Open until 17th May.