The practice of the British artist Simon Patterson (b1967, Leatherhead, Surrey), who was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1996, has woven together diverse entities. He has played with and subverted maps, systems, classification and documentation since his inclusion in Damien Hirst’s Freeze exhibition in 1988, when he displayed text works such as The Last Supper Arranged According to the Sweeper Formation (Jesus Christ in Goal). Later works include The Great Bear (1992), a reinterpretation of London’s underground map that replaces the names of stations with those of notable characters – King’s Cross becomes Piero della Francesca, Earl’s Court becomes Captain Cook. In 2002, Patterson completed his Cosmic Wallpaper at the University of Warwick, in which he renamed the constellations to reveal a history of the rock band Deep Purple. Then, in 2011, he designed his poignant commemoration to Wilfred Owen’s work, La Maison Forestière, turning the Forest House in Ors (where Owen had written his last letter to his mother just before he died in 1918), into a building “… that looks like an imaginary thing, a model of a building, a space to think in, not a space to live in.” Exhilarating, bewildering and thought-provoking, Patterson’s eclectic and energetic investigations into the various systems and conditions of our times entertain, baffle and inform in equal measure.
Safari: an Exhibition as Expedition
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex
20 May – 3 Sept 2017
Interview by MK PALOMAR
Filmed by MARTIN KENNEDY
A Singular Artist Brings a Singular Work to South America
Born in Bombay (Mumbai), India, in 1954, sculptor Anish Kapoor has lived in London since his youth. Kapoor represented Great Britain at the 1990 Venice Biennale, was awarded the 1991 Turner Prize, and now is regarded as one of the most forward-looking artists in Britain.
Elizabeth Price – 2012 Turner Prize winner
Had I been asked to place a bet upon who I thought would win the Turner Prize 2012, my money would not have been on the film artist Elizabeth Price (born 1966), for her 20-minute-long hand-clapping, finger-clicking, sing-a-long lesson in architectural history and a 70’s news tragedy, The Woolworths Choir of 1979 (2012).
Douglas Gordon: Superhumanatural
The film and video artist Douglas Gordon had his first one-man exhibition in Britain at the Lisson Gallery in 1994, sponsored by its perceptive director Nicholas Logsdail, to which he returned again in 2001. The following year, he was to exhibit 'Entre'Act 3' at the Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven. 'Fuzzy Logic' followed at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and from about this time his work really took off internationally.
Following the excitement over the Stirling Prize (see above), it is pleasant to observe that the work illustrated by artist Simon Starling, entitled 'Shedboatshed (Mobile Architecture No 2)', has been shortlisted, not for the Stirling Prize, but for the Turner Prize and is on exhibition at Tate Britain today. Such have been the euphemisms spread about on the subject of the Scottish Parliament, winner of the Stirling, that it is truly inspiring now to see the word 'architecture' used as a positive description.