There’s some great exhibitions about this Autumn and I recently caught the new one at Manchester Art Gallery ‘The First Cut’ featuring all works made out of paper, including Rob Ryan’s largest ever papercut above which ponders on life, death, earth and whatever’s above or next….
There was some beautiful large scale installations based on the weather by and a nebula inspired creation by Andy Singleton
Not sure who these were by but the whole show was pretty fantastic, it’s on till January 2013 so go check it out!
A leaf forest by Manbu Hangai
And then I walked all the way down to the Whitworth Art Gallery where I saw two great shows.
Jane & Louise Wilson have been on my radar for a few years after I saw the beautiful film ‘Monument’ filmed on a run down old pavilion by Victor Pasmore at the Whitworth. And they don’t disappoint again. The big film being premiered was ‘The Toxic Camera’ but I was more drawn into ‘Face Scripting - What did the building see?’ which chronicles a hotel in the UAE where a Hamas operative was murdered in Room 230. Watch it here
Having initially gone for the Jane & Louise Wilson I always love getting surprised by the smaller shows that are on at the same time, and that was so with ‘Hockney to Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress’ which puts Hogarth’s famous 12 plate chronology of a man’s life filled with gambling, womanising, prison and love next to Hockney’s loosely based version of him exploring 1960’s New York. Beautiful etchings from the 18th Century & 20th Century side by side what more could you want, except maybe to have them hanging in your house..
The Whitworth Exhibitions had great leaflets too beautifully designed by Creative Concern, bold, simple and informative, they’re both still on till 27th Jan.