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Antony Gormley

Art in a deteriorating world

An epistolary exploration of art’s moral responsibilities   “In the era of not yet, barely daring to guess of how soon,” wrote Welsh-British writer Horatio Clare about the melting sea…

Installation view of Richard Wilson: 20:50, (19...rtesy Hayward Gallery 2018. Photo: Mark Blower.

Space Shifters

The smell of engine oil lingers sharply in my nostrils, hours after I have left the vertiginous room of Richard Wilson’s 20:50, the final coup de théâtre in the Hayward…

Tania El Khoury cover

Gardens Speak

The Political Performance of Mourning Gardens Speak is an interactive sound installation based on the oral histories of ten ordinary people who were buried in gardens across Syria during the…

Andy Holden & Peter Holden - Natural Selection

Natural Selection

Freud would have loved this exhibition. Ostensibly Natural Selection – a collaboration between artist Andy Holden and his father, ornithologist Peter Holden – is about birds, nests and eggs. It’s…

Night Horse 3

The Night Horse and the Holy Baboon

Victoria Rance and I met at Newcastle University in 1980. We were studying Fine Art and English Literature respectively and have remained friends ever since. We share an interest in…

Patrick Jacobs

Performance for the Anti-hero

New York-based artist Patrick Jacobs unfolds a carefully crafted stage that invite us to seek wonderment in both natural and unnatural landscapes that might easily be overlooked. Painstakingly constructed models…

Patrick Coyle, The Floating Thirty-Nine. Credit: Peter Kidd, 2016.

Archipelagos of Rest

The God of Genesis had no use for islands; land rose from sea all at once, assured with purpose. Like cognition, the divine continent is quantifiably useful, brokering communal exchange…

Jem Cohen, Points of Departure

Points of Departure – Estuary 2016

I love the fact that on the coast you can just travel along the edge until the next place. Knowing the way stops becoming an issue even though it isn’t…

Maria Pääkkönen - Revisiting Unkown Places

Revisiting Unknown Places

The art of Maria Pääkkönen concerns itself with a reciprocal relationship between drawing and place. On the one hand is the drawing of the place – that which is observed,…

HOUSEWORK Lizzie Lloyd

HOUSEWORK

In November 2015, eleven artists took on a Victorian ruin. I was one of them. The resulting exhibition, HOUSEWORK, set out to re-inhabit the stripped-out terrace. In it, paintbrushes and…

I, The Thing in the Margins

It’s the sound that provides the first clue of something amiss. The loud, low growl of audio feedback fills a room already awash with bright green glare. Sitting upright in…