Go See Stephen Willats and Maria Nepomuceno at Victoria Miro!

Last night was the opening of two exhibitions at Victoria Miro. Victoria Miro is one of my favourite galleries as the space – a vertical and horizontal maze – never ceases to amaze me. This spatial challenge makes for spectacular works and exhibitions (Sarah Sze’s exhibition in 2007 is an all time favourite). Plus they do drinks in the garden and the silvered balloons on the pond are enough to keep anyone occupied for a wonderfully long time.

Stephen Willats has created an installation made up of individual drawings from the 1960s and 2010s as well as large-scale site-specific wall drawings that together are designed to be experienced as a single work. I’m not too sure how far this is possible but the colours and various shapes and arrows create a map connecting each element. The works have a Bauhaus and De Stijl quality and portray Willats’ u- or even dystopic vision of the simulacra that make up our world.

(I have noticed more and more arrows in exhibitions recently; Stephen Willats, Richard Hamilton, Paul Klee.. maybe I just yearn to see direction wherever I go).

Sorry no pictures yet for this one, got distracted by the pretty colours.. and the bar.

Maria Nepomuceno’s contemporary works fall in line with my conclusion to the post below; creating something new out of the familiar, or rather ordinary in this case. She uses traditional methods of rope weaving and straw braiding, which paired with beads of various sizes and colours amounts to monumental installations.

Maria Nepomuceno, The Pearl, the Bamboo and the Straw 2014

Maria Nepomuceno, The Pearl, the Bamboo and the Straw 2014

These organic shapes are however meticulously futuristic-looking manufactured objects and remind me of a disturbing dream.. and the teletubbies.

Maria Nepomuceno, Grande Boca 2013

Maria Nepomuceno, Grande Boca 2013


Stephen Willats REPRESENTING THE POSSIBLE 13 March – 17 April 2014
Maria Nepomuceno TRANS 13 March – 17 April 2014

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