The Searchers out & about

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Popped into Spike Island on Wednesday to the Bloomberg Contemporary show that delivered very little. Predictable, dull & self referential with rather too many worrying references to male genitals. Best thing in show was a small hand painted figurative animation.
A day out in London yesterday. Visited Charlie Dutton Gallery, now showing three painters Dan Coombs, Mike Silva & Neal Tait. All competent with their material but strangely cool and devoid of engagement of any kind. At first a good looking show but on reflection not an exceptional one.
The Fold Gallery current show Magic 8 Ball delivered some enjoyable works. In particular some small assemblages by Dominic Beattie and two large canvases by Oliver Perkins.
Crossed the river to meet a friend for a speedy lunch in Borough Market, took a look inside Southwark Cathedral then back to The National Gallery. Smiled at Michael Landy’s entertaining fragmentation of the saints in ‘Saints Alive’ & got lost coming across some old favourites, Degas, Uccello, Gainsborough. Planned to go to the Ceri Hand opening but hadn’t noticed she has moved from Covent Garden to south of the river. Was too tired to return to Southwark in the rush hour crowds.
Ruth Piper-Sept 20th 2013
Further reading:
http://standardinterview.blogspot.com/2013/08/dominic-beattie.html