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 in random combinations.
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 >>