around london 2018 [part 1]

space oddity


i’m a space man. i think a lot about constructed environments and how people travel and interact within them. as a retail designer, i create an experience customers will have in store: where they will look, walk and shop as part of a carefully considered customer journey. in reality though, all i do is play a complex version of the The Sims

i owe a damn lot to Will Wright and his ‘People Simulator’ video game. released for the PC way back in 2000, i was fascinated with the game where you control the day-to-day lives of virtual people. i wasn’t interested in the people-skills part of the game (just like real life). instead, i invested heavily in the games ‘Build Mode’ creating and improving homes for my ungrateful virtual Sims.

i’d spend hours and days creating virtual architectural wonders, excited to see how the neighbourhood would react. i’d create the ideal mansion for my virtual self complete with indoor fountains. i’d throw a party and invite everyone round only for the next door slob Bob Newbie expressing that he hates me, my home and the carpet sucks. running off with his wife Betty might have something to do with it…

so i’d try again and again, perfecting the home and sometimes bending the in-game physics to get the best space. it sounds ridiculous, but i can pinpoint my interest in spaces right down to Build Mode almost 20 years ago. it taught me a lot about space planning, architecture, interior themes and the need to be resourceful with materials. sadly, unlike real life, if you ran out of money there is no money cheat 🙁

which is why i admire art galleries and exhibition spaces so much. and i visit a lot of them in London. when i go i’m split between focussing on the art but also studying the space. there are the individual moments where you’re analysing the work but also the bigger picture of how it is presented as a whole. does it tell a compelling story? is that piece relevant next to that one? are we near the end/how do i get out of here?

personally, i’m interested in the physical and mental journey i take in a gallery and the big contemporary venues like White CubeTate Modern and Gagosian can present a great story in a vast near-empty construct. i’ll be honest i don’t actually understand the art all the time, but galleries are also great for people watching. i like to observe how other people look, react and walk around the gallery.

this interest in spaces and behaviour brings me back to the Sims, if they didn’t like my spaces sometimes i’d mess around them: i’d throw a party in a big single floor mansion but then remove all the chairs and just leave behind a lamp. they’d all go berserk at this lamp. looking at it. not understanding it or why it’s there. then my Sims try to leave but you can only do so through an endless maze of corridors. i’ve realised after all these years this is in effect, an art gallery.

best reviewed listening to The Sims Build Mode 1, below is a roundup of all the things i’ve seen in (and some out) of London in the first half of 2018. i always take one shot of the best work in the show.

(you can see where i’m heading next on instagram stories)

Marguerite Humeau Echoes at Tate Britain

Nathalie Du Pasquier Other Rooms at Camden Arts Centre

REPLICA by Studio Furthermore at Aram Gallery

Invisible Modernity at Ugly Duck

JR Giants – Body of Work at Lazinc

Alex Da Corte Bad Land at Josh Lilley Gallery

Bridget Riley Recent Paintings 2014 – 2017 at David Zwirner

Tara Donovan Compositions at Pace Gallery

Andreas Gursky at Hayward Gallery

Glenn Brown Come to Dust at Gagosian

Crossroads: Kauffman, Judd and Morris at Sprüth Magers

Jenny Holzer at Sprüth Magers

Peter Doig at Michael Werner

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion at V&A

Rose Wylie Quack Quack at Serpentine Gallery

Wade Guyton Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged at Serpentine Gallery

Eddie Peake Concrete Pitch at White Cube

He Xiangyu Evidence at White Cube

T-Shirt: Cult – Culture – Subversion at Fashion and Textile Museum

Impressionists in London at Tate Britain

Nancy Rubins Diversifolia at Gagosian

Vera Lutter Turning Time at Gagosian

Murakami & Abloh future history at Gagosian

Yto Barrada Agadir at The Curve,Barbican

Jules de Balincourt They Cast Long Shadows at Victoria Miro

Anthony Gormley The Model Room 1994 – 2013 at Tate Britain

John Copeland Your Heaven Looks Just Like My Hell at Newport Street Gallery

Rachel Howard Repitition is Truth – via Dolorosa at Newport Street Gallery

Mark Dion Theatre of the Natural World at Whitechapel Gallery

Eloise Hawser By the deep, by the mark at Somerset House

Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Block 336

Willy Vanderperre prints, films, posters and more at The Store X

J&K / Janne Schäfer and Kristine Agergaard The space consists of a circle that travels in time at SPACE studios

Marvin Gaye Chetwynd Ze & Per at Sadie Coles

Modigliani at Tate Modern

All Too Human Bacon,Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain

[out of london] Ellen von Unwerth Devotion! 30 Years of Photographing Women at Fotografiska, Stockholm

[out of london] Zanele Muholi Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness at Fotografiska, Stockholm

[out of london] Christian Tagliavini The Extraordinary World of Christian Tagliavini at Fotografiska, Stockholm

[out of london] Concrete Matters at Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Lubaina Himid The Tenderness Only We Can See at Hollybush Gardens

Giorgio Griffa A Continuous Becoming at Camden Arts Centre

Sturtevant Vice Versa at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

Fred Wilson Afro Kismet at Pace Gallery

Manuel Espinosa at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Ilona Keserü at Stephen Friedman Gallery

Pier Paolo Calzolari at White Cube

Andrzej Wróblewski at David Zwirner

Art Capital: Art for the Elizabeth Line at Whitechapel Gallery

Counter Investigations, Forensic Architecture at ICA

Magali Reus As Mist, Description at South London Gallery

Joan Jonas at Tate Modern

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern

Tamar Harpaz Crazy Delay at Edel Assanti

Ryan Gander at Lisson Gallery

Pedro Reyes Glyptotek at Lisson Gallery

Beatriz Milhazes Rio Azul at White Cube

Léon Wuidar at White Cube

Tyra Tingleff Will always be the opposite at The Sunday Painter

Made in North Korea: Everyday Graphics from the DPRK at House of Illustration

Surface Work at Victoria Miro

Richard Serra Rifts at Gagosian

The Flipside at The Old Selfridges Hotel

Bumped Bodies at Whitechapel Gallery

Oscar Laughridge The Community at Raven Row

Sense of Space at Broadgate

Christian Boltanski Éphémères at Marian Goodman Gallery

Wilhelm Sasnal Sleep at Sadie Coles

Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art at Tate Modern

Julian Opie at Alan Cristea Gallery

Katharina Grosse Prototypes of Imagination at Gagosian

Ian Cheng Emissaries at Serpentine Gallery

Sondra Perry Typhoon coming on at Serpentine Gallery

Ed Atkins Olde Food at CABINET Gallery

Photo London 2018 at Somerset House

Another Kind of Life: Photography at the Margins at Barbican

Juno Calypso What To Do With a Million Years at TJ Boulting

Mark Jenkins BRD SHT at Lazinc

Tacita Dean LANDSCAPE at RA

Invisible Landscapes Act I: Home at RA

Seung-taek Lee at White Cube

Edward Kienholz America My Hometown at Blain|Southern

John Chamberlain ENTIRELYFEARLESS at Gagosian

Spiegelgasse (Mirror Alley) Curated by Gianni Jetzer at Hauser & Wirth

August Sander Men Without Masks at Hauser & Wirth

Joel Mesler The Alphabet of Creation (For Now) at Simon Lee Gallery

Bernard Frize Blackout in the Grid at Simon Lee Gallery

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 at Imperial War Museum

Maria Hassabi STAGING: Solo #2 at The Store X

Lee Bul at Hayward Gallery

Kai Schäfer WORLDRECORDS at HENI Gallery

Secret 7″ at The Jetty

Hattie Stewart I Don’t Have Time for This at NOW Gallery

True Colours – Helen Beard / Sadie Laska / Boo Saville at Newport Street Gallery

Bold Tendencies at Frank’s Cafe

Luiz Zerbini Intuitive Radio at South London Gallery

The London Open 2018 at Whitechapel Gallery

Hang-Ten at Hang-Up Gallery

YouTube Music in Residence at 180 The Strand

Just One Good Flip Chair at The Aram Gallery

Tish Murtha Works 1976 – 1991 at The Photographers Gallery

Alex Prager Silver Lake Drive at The Photographers Gallery

Ryan Hewett The Garden at Unit London

Petra Cortright Pale Coil Cold Angel at Nahmad Projects

all photos shot on iPhone X. edited in VSCO