Exhibition Highlights February - March 2019
Haegue Yang: Tracing Movement, South London Gallery
It must’ve been quite the memorable month for South Korean artist Haegue Yang. The launch of ‘Tracing Movement’ coincided with news of Tate acquiring a piece of the artist’s work. On display at South London Gallery, this solo show presents new and recent works, accompanied by several performances that activate the space and bring the ‘Dress Vehicle Series’ - colourful, aluminium structures complete with bells and Venetian blinds- to life. The wall collages dance like sunlight across the cornflour blue gallery walls where prints and drawings are drawn linked by geometric patterns.
Overall, the installation flows through subtle symbolic references and gestures alluding to migration and movement but a more literal connection between the 2D and 3 D works would make the exhibition slightly more harmonious and fully resolved. Despite this, it’s a joyous and celebratory explosion of materials. Watch out for major exhibition at Tate St Ives next year.
Runs until 26 May | Tue – Fri 11am-6pm, Sat and Sun 10am-6pm, late opening: Wed and last Fri of the month until 9pm | South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, London, SE5 8UH | www.southlondongallery.org
Tracey Emin, A Fortnight of Tears, White Cube, Bermondsey
This exhibition shows Emin doing what she does best: giving a firm two fingers to the British stiff upper lip. On the basis of this offering, it is particularly difficult to deny the visceral power of Emin’s work which struck me most in the gargantuan bronze figurative sculptures that beckon you to lie with them in sympathy or solidarity.
Confessional and uncontained, Emin’s work is stark evidence of how little we acknowledge and discuss trauma, grief and loss. Its impact on the viewer expands beyond calling you to bear witness, becoming a call to arms for similar candour. Unflinching in its subject matter and direct in its approach Emin, in the role of artist and provocateur - the latter I believe to be a secondary intention - Emin manages to create space for the most serious and uncomfortable emotions. to be negotiated.
We need Emin’s searing honesty. The length of time people were spending in the galleries suggests the affective power of the work. l entered White Cube a bit of sceptic, shackled up the YBA melodrama and associated cynicism. Don’t be so foolhardy. Go and see it and go early to avoid the inevitable crowds. .
Runs until 7 April | Tue - Sat 10am - 6pm, Sun 12pm - 6pm | White Cube Bermondsey 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ | www.whitecube.com
Exhibitions in the Diary
Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance, Act 2, De La Warr, Bexhill-on-Sea
Exploring resistance movements and alternative forms of living from a gendered perspective including work by some of the most exciting collectives working today. Until 27 May.
Violent Amnesia, Oscar Murillo, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge
Painting, installation, sound and live performance, taking place in the galleries and across Kettle’s Yard exploring the artist’s own experience of displacement, and the social fallout of globalisation. Until 23 June.
4 Waters: Deep Implicancy, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman, The Showroom, London
A philosopher and a filmmaker come together to imagine the possibilities of a world without time, measurement, accrual or notions of value – a world free from the destructive consequences of the Western mind. Until 18 May.