There I was, standing in front of my favourite work by Wolfgang Tillmans : Italian Costal Guard Flying Rescue Mission Off Lampedusa 2008. A moving piece that depicts the risky crossing of the Mediterranean sea to Italy and there, ending tragically. Turner, my first love, was everywhere in this photograph.
The gallery – located in a converted nineteenth-century Methodist chapel- demonstrates a great use of the space. Finding placements that create a dialogue with the viewers, the curator Paul Luckraft made the works engage physically with the original architecture.
A huge piece by Jeff Wall mounted on top of an old staircase dominates the space, almost looking like a divine artwork. Once again, something that you have to experience -in person- not on Instagram.
“The photographic image feels ever-present, perhaps even over-familiar. Then, how do artists go about producing works that manage to engage us?”
Most of these pictures, due to their complex textures (photographic paper, display and development processes) actually look terrible on Instagram. You need to live the experience. So…Yes, go and see it for yourself.
This brings us back to the core question of the exhibition: “the photographic image feels ever-present, perhaps even over-familiar. Then, How do artists go about producing works that still manage to engage us?” The answer may be complex, but artists Cindy Sherman, Christopher Williams, Richard Prince, Erin Shirreff, Thomas Ruff, Andreas Gursky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Anne Collier, Natalie Czech, Elad Lassry and Sara VanDerBeek certainly inspired me.
“You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred”
30 March- 9July 2017
176 Prince of Wales Rd
Tube: Chalk Farm