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– and quite effectively so – from the economical, (23)
hanging black thread of Waterfall (all works SUzan BatU Pleasure Principle, the Phatory
2007) to the exhibition’s pièce de résistance,
Monte Vera, in which freestanding rolls of Owner/director Sally Lelong opened shop as a
paper are cut to resemble regional topographies, way to combine her own artistic practice,
and somehow also come to instantiate an uprising recapture the energy of the neighbourhood that
of the round, the organic and the natural she had experienced in the past and offer
against the white cube’s institutional edges. access to a dynamic exhibition space to people
I’ll choose to forget the moments where who, like herself, have day jobs – hence the
depiction got the better of the artists – did Phatory’s late-evening (until 11) and weekend
that paper really need those cutesy llama hours. turkish artist Suzan Batu presents
drawings? – and forever recall Klaus codirector vibrant, lyrical paintings that are somewhere
Sam Wilson, inexplicably clad in Ancient near gestural abstraction and purely formal,
Mariner getup, as he toured me around the almost graphic, design. It’s not surprising to
space. Certainly the most notable case of learn that her background is in linguistics,
performative salesmanship since Emmanuel specifically Islamic calligraphy. Her linear
Perrotin wore Maurizio Cattelan’s pink rabbit quality is graceful and immediate, and the
suit… paintings are well executed. My favourite
painting in the show, Serif I (2007), is a more
(25) complex arrangement of caligraphic figures
Etsy!, Pocket Utopia that elegantly unspools across the canvas, at
times seeming (ever so slightly) to articulate
volumes. Further readings involving Islamic
art simply add weight to work that already
holds the attention.
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calendar of flowers, gin bottles,
steak bones, Orchard
Writer and photographer Moyra Davey (who also
curated this group show) made a series of
photographs, assembled on the wall as a sort
of grid or calendar, depicting empty whisky
bottles, old valve-amps in a car boot and
flowers in vases. they seem rather literally
to present the journal entries of John Cheever
– ‘drinker, dog owner, lover of cut flowers’
– that partly inspired the show. Davey came
across the image (which was a misfire) of an
empty liquor bottle at the tail end of a contact
I refrained from attending this show, less on sheet she was developing and recognised it as
account of laziness than my fundamental a poetic marker for time; she has for several
disagreement with its angle. Etsy.com has years now been making photographs of empty
become a unique virtual forum for tens of bottles of booze. Claire Pentecost has made
thousands of artists to peddle their handmade large-scale palladium prints of her drawing/
wares, so what could an actual exhibition of photographs depicting aspects of consumption
said works add? If anything, taking a selection in her series Appetites, and James Welling’s
of the website’s 800,000 artworks and presenting well-known series of flamboyantly coloured
them in a gallery actually makes the artworld silhouette flowers completed what was an
– and its accepted tenets of commerce and enjoyable show in this fantastic artist-run
display – feel parochial by comparison. co-op.
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