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Monthly Archives: October 2015

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All souls night.

Whilst mulling Jonathan Jones’s scathing review of John Hoyland: Power Stations (Paintings 1964–1982), published in the Guardian newspaper, I came across Damien Hirst in conversation with John Hoyland RA.  This conversation, unfortuanately, isn’t very enlightening and Hirst and Hoyland, both come across as slight.

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It’s driving me mad!

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Grid with squares numbered.

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The process.

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Semi-random image.

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I’ve finished generating random colours. Next step is to assign colours randomly in a painted grid.

Generating random colours aaaaaaaaaaaaaaarg soooooooooo boring!

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1100 colours generated, 500 to go!

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Lovely grounds at Stourhead with the autumn colours just starting to show.

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Vista at Stonehenge.

Visited the new visitor centre at Stonehenge with great expectations. Sadly I thought that it was all style over substance and not as interesting or informative as it could have been.

Lovely autumn day in London so visited the newly opened Newport Street Gallery.  Thank you Damien Hirst – lovely building, excellent gallery space and an enjoyable exhibition:  John Hoyland: Power Stations (Paintings 1964–1982), that actually made me want to get home and pick up my paintbrushes.  Good review from Mark Hudson writing in the Telegraph newspaper.

A couple of photographs indicate the scale of the canvases:

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Here are a selection of paintings that I liked:

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Here is a close up:

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Paintings in this series seem, to me, to be less successful:

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There has been some criticism of Hirst for gentrifying the area but this exhibition is free and can be widely enjoyed.  Hoyland’s work is not obtuse or conceptual.  “Newport Street Gallery could be a fantastic facility for the community,” says Sylvia Edwards, the charity’s director (Creative Sparkworks). “But I fear it’s all part of the growing Shoreditchification of the area. We would love to make connections with them – we’ve written two letters but haven’t heard back.” (Guardian)

Jonathan Jones writing for the Guardian newspaper has written a scathing review of this show:  HERE. Jones says that the show lacks intellectual gravitas and is too easy on the eye.

In complete contrast to John Hoyland’s paintings, Pace Gallery is exhibiting paintings by Lee Ufan.  Ufan’s work is gentle and quiet betraying his Buddhist beliefs.

In contrast to both Ufan and Hoyland is William Kentridge’s work at the Marian Goodman Gallery.  Sombre and troubling I’ve never seen anything quite like the projection and soundtrack on the first floor of  the gallery.

I feel as if I need to revisit all three shows for a longer and more careful look.

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Half way through generating a random grid but it’s driving me insane!