Katie Sims – Opening Gambit. Hoxton Art Gallery. London


 Yesterday evening (11th October) was the opening of Katie Sims’ first London solo show – “Opening Gambit” – at the Hoxton Art Gallery.

Katie’s work is both homage and the subversion of the works of the old masters of the Renaissance and the Baroque. This is quite a bold and risky enterprise, as it would be easy, for a lesser artist, to fall in gimmicky look-at-me-I’ve-been-in-art-school trappings, but Katie manages to easily avoid these pitfalls with the power of her expressive and confident brushstroke and with the use of geometric figures and colours that take the place of the archetypal figures of the old days.

The centerpiece of the show is Fleeting Romano (2012), a large scale painting that’s a reinterpretation of Uccello’s Battle of San Romano (which you can see in the National Gallery). In this painting the soldiers are reduced to violent brown and blue strokes, the horses charge threateningly, like ghostly wailing beasts. Their riders are long gone, though, nothing but an outline and empty space, a memory. The lances of the warriors slash across the canvas and the whole scenery seems engulfed in a suffocating fog of war. But then you notice there’s something else that is strange… The lances of what were the dead soldiers on the floor are turning into a precise chess pattern. The ornamental circles on the horses reins seem to be coming out of the subject, to just float away free from its previous confinements. It’s like something is interfering with the very fabric of the world that work shows us. Something from another place, from another time or from another dimension. (más…)

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HaYoung Kim. Eat All You Can. Hoxton Art Gallery, London.


El pasado 31 de Agosto me acerqué a la inauguración de la artista koreana HaYoung Kim en la galería londinense Hoxton Art Gallery.

On the 31th of August I went to the opening of the Korean artist HaYoung Kims exhibition in  Hoxton Art Gallery in London.

HaYoung Kim se graduó el año pasado (2011) en la Royal Academy y tras ganar el importante premio de Jerwood visual arts en 2010 y la residencia Vytlacil AIR de New York, ha conseguido muy buenas críticas a nivel internacional. Su carrera está empezando pero ya son bastantes los expertos que le auguran una brillante trayectoria artística. Es el caso de la comisaria de esta individual en la galería de Hoxton; Lara Wardle, especialista en arte británico del siglo XX.

HaYoung Kim graduated last year (2011) at the Royal Academy. After winning Jerwood Visual Arts‘ top award in 2010 and the residency program AIR Vytlacil in New York, she has gotten rave reviews internationally. Her career is just starting but many experts predict a bright future for her. This is the case of the curator of this solo exhibition; Lara Wardle, specialist in 20th century British art. (más…)

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