Jerwood Visual Arts and The Tate Modern

This weekend I decided to hit south London to visit a few art galleries. I had heard about the Formed Thoughts exhibition currently being held at the Jerwood Visual Arts via twitter and other social media notifications. Formed Thoughts is part of Jerwood Encounters, curated exhibitions which has been providing new opportunities for artists and curators since 2008.

What caught my eye?

I particularly liked the work by Phoebe Cummings who had chosen to explore the possibilities of clay as a raw material. By doing this, Phoebe has disregarded notions that ceramics are a studio-based practice or ceramic objects as permanent possessions.

The thing I loved most about Pheobe Cummings work was that all her sculptural work and installations are constructed directly onsite as temporary installations. They may be left there to disintegrate or be broken down for the material to be collected and re-used as work within new locations.

Phoebe Cummings studied Three-Dimensional Crafts at the University of Brighton before completing an MA in Ceramics & Glass at the Royal College of Art in 2005. A more detailed overview of her art biography can be found here – Down There Among the Roots

Work by Glithero and Tracey Rowledge are also on show at Formed Thoughts. The exhibition is on show at JVA until the 26 February 2012. Be sure to visit soon.

Formed Thoughts

Curated by Clare Twomey

18 January – 26 February 2012

JVA at Jerwood Space

171 Union Street

London SE1 0LN

Tate Modern: International modern and contemporary art

A short walk away from JVA is the Tate Modern. The Tate Modern is one of the family of four Tate galleries which displays sections from the Tate Collection, the Tate Modern is the national gallery of international modern art in London. The permanent display collection are complemented by a continuous programme of temporary exhibitions exploring broad themes of British art as well as the work of individual artists.

At the moment, the Turbine Hall plays host to The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean; FILM.  The ‘installation’ takes the shape of a 11-minute silent 35mm film projected onto a gigantic white monolith standing 13 metres tall at the end of a darkened Turbine Hall.

What I loved best about this piece of film was the  ever-changing lights reacting to the environments,  which felt as though they were in rhythm to music or dance movements. Read more about the exhibition on the Tate Modern website.

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