In May, Southampton University’s John Hansard Gallery reopened to the public in its newly designed venue on Guildhall Square.
The gallery’s inaugural show was devoted to a mini-retrospective by artist Gerhard Richter.
Gallery 1 on the ground floor, contained some of Richter’s squeegee-dragged abstractions and a series of four giant tapestries based on reflected versions of Abstract Painting (724-4).
Gallery 2 displayed various prints and self-portraits plus a room filled with photographic facsimiles of the series of ’48 Portraits’ – black and white portraits painted from photographs of epochal male figures of the 19th and 20th centuries
Here you can see how Richter’s mirror paintings in Gallery 2 opaquely reflect my silhouette back out onto their variously coloured surfaces
Gallery 3 was situated in a room with double height ceilings and two enormous windows which flooded light onto Richter’s installation of ‘4900 Farben’ – 195 panels – each with 5×5 blocks of coloured glass squares arranged by algorithm in random combinations. They formed part of the plan for ‘gothic cathedral’ which inserted an arrangement of 11,500 colour squares arranged by algorithm, and using medieval glass colouring recipes, into Cologne’s restored cathedral’s 75 foot high stained glass windows.
Gallery 3 is also where I met Iga who works at the gallery and does art and installations in her spare time.
I told her about  Pockets of [Southampton] and she told me she remembered me as she had been at Tudor House when I visited
She sent me to say hello to her colleague Nicola at Arches Studios at the annual open studios event on 03/06/18. For the montage she gave the assemblage an advertisement brochure for Arches Open Studios 2018.
Pocket Number 18: Nicola at Arches Studios >>
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