Exhibitions I’d Like to Visit This Summer

Here are my top 8 exhibitions that I would love to go to this summer.

At number 1) Damien Hirst, 4th April – 9th Sept, £14, Tate Modern (http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/damien-hirst).  I LOVE Damien Hirst and all the work that he has created and I would give anything to go to this exhibition.  I was so excited when I found out that he would be exhibiting work this year!

2) Yayoi Kusama, until the 5th June, £10, Tate Modern (http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/yayoi-kusama )  I really want to go and see her dot patterns!  Yayoi has used many different mediums to create works and this really interests me as I love working with all sorts of different things and creating works that are completely different to each other.  Yayoi as created sculptures, drawings, paintings and film amongst many others and I am keen to go and explore her works.

3) Gillian Wearing, until the 17th June, £9.50, Whitechapel Gallery (http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/gillian-wearing) I have looked at some of Gillian’s work this year as inspiration for some of the ideas I have had.  It would be brilliant to see some of her works up close, especially “Signs that say what you want them to say, and not signs that say what someone else wants you to say.” which I think is a really interesting piece of work which involves the public and is quite revealing about what others are thinking.

4) Rachel Whiteread, 1st June – 30th December, price TBC, Whitechapel Gallery (http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/http://www.timeout.com/london/art/event/91795/rachel-whitereadexhibitions/gillian-wearing

I have looked at the work ‘House’, a cast of the inside of an end of terrace house for my project in Foundation on the home.  I would love to see her other works as the ‘House’ piece was really thought-provoking and was a source of inspiration to me.  I havent seen any of her other works and this would be a oppertunity to see some more of her pieces.

5) Martin Parr and Tom Wood ‘The Last Resort’, 5th May – 17th June, Third Floor Gallery (http://www.thirdfloorgallery.com/exhibitions.html)  This exhibition is of photographs of New Brighton.  It is a documentary of British holiday makers amongst other things and would be interesting to see as a photographer myself.  I’d love to see how the photos are captured and how they are exhibited.

6) Through the Mirror – The World of Anthony Browne, 2nd June – 23rd September, Free, National Museum Cardiff (http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/news/?article_id=752)  I’d like to go to this as it looks like fun!  I love the drawing style of Anthony Browne and am interested to see much of his work in one place as an exhibition!

7) Veolia Environment Wildlife Photographer of the Year, 16th June – 19th September, Free, National Museum Cardiff (http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/en/whatson/?event_id=5731)  This would be a fantastic opportunity to see some award-winning photography by some of the best wildlife photographers in the world!  I can’t wait to go and see these works, not just to see the photos of the animals but to learn more about wildlife photography from seeing these works.

8) Brendan Stuart Burns – Glimpse,  11th May – 13th June, St David’s Hall (http://www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk/English/Exhibitions/)  I have seen a tiny amount of Brendan’s work and there is something about it that interests and fascinates me and I would like to see more of his work and how his work is created.  I think you can only really get a feel for, and an idea of how work has been approached, by seeing it in the flesh.  I think that this one will be really interesting to go and see.

Breakdown

I have, during research, been reminded of Michael Landy and his work entitled Breakdown.  This is probably his best known work to date, a performance art piece which sees Michael himself, along with 10 assistants reduce all his belongings to dust.  All that remained after those two weeks were himself, his girlfriend, the assistants and the machinery that in essence destroyed his world. 

Every one of Michael’s possessions were catalogued and packed away, bought to a disused C&A outlet in London and placed on the conveyor belt to be taken apart and destroyed one by one.  Everything went, Michael’s Car, his birth certificate, a coat he had inherited from his father’s death. 

This work to me is truly horrific and Breakdown inducing, as anyone who has lost treasured possessions will explain the heart wrenching feelings of loss that are felt, and here is a guy destroying possessions for art’s sake.  It does make you question though, what is really necessary in this life to be able to survive?  It makes a comment on what we deem necessary is more about what the commercial world like us to think is necessary rather than what is *ACTUALLY* necessary.

It is interesting to note that after this work was completed, everything had been reduced to rubble and rubbish, unrecognisable to its original form that Michael didn’t display the outcomes or sell them on for profit, almost like a death, no one but the closest people get to view the body and then it’s disposed of.  And the other stark thing is that Michael didn’t produce any work after for a year once Breakdown had been finished.  I believe he suffered some kind of breakdown of his own once the realisation of what had taken place had kicked in. 

My thoughts…crazy? Definitely.  Art? Yes, it makes you size up your own life and re-assess.  sensible?  Probably not but so very brave and interesting though not something I would advise….

And I leave you with this interview from youtube…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hYUnkW4sNA