Pocket Number-17: John Hansard Gallery

35864579_10100621250119447_9187079408584753152_nIn 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 some35881831_10100621249974737_1085594778390757376_n of Richter’s squeegee-35835929_10100621249999687_6836046510124171264_ndragged abstractions and a series of four giant tapestries based on reflected versions of 36063304_10100621250069547_7865850943240142848_nAbstract Painting (724-4).

35806808_10100621249944797_1400242523422588928_nGallery 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 35531883_10100621249884917_266995993415778304_nthe 19th and 20th centuries

Here you can see how Richter’s mirror 35705846_10100621249894897_3421036056508628992_npaintings in Gallery 2 opaquely reflect my silhouette back out36062946_10100621249844997_1134380388488052736_n (1) onto their variously coloured surfaces

35855856_10100621249321047_1597705977023430656_nGallery 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.

35882324_10100621249251187_9062804482630352896_nGallery 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 [25] Pockets of [Southampton] and she told me she35974499_10100621249291107_4530358364546269184_n 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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