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Rana Begum @ Bischoff/Weiss

1 A particularly welcoming transatlantic gallery assistant greeted me upon arrival at Bischoff/Weiss. An invitation to talk me through the work was politely declined by this typically reserved english art lover, but the sentiment was most appreciated. Galleries have always been slightly intimidating places, but here and on subsequent visits this day, i met lots of friendly people. London’s art scene is becoming really approachable; it may be that art isn’t selling as well – a little extra sales patter is required. But i like it. A world away from a Gagosian experience, that’s for sure.

3 Rana Begum had come to my attention recently, she’s been getting plenty of press. A visit to the gallery afforded me a first view of her work in the flesh. I have to say i really liked it. Her slick minimal constructions might seem at first glance cold and lacking personality, but being in their presence made them much more spiritual. Gallery light reflected from the multicoloured, angled facets of each work, producing gradients of glowing hues across the gallery wall. It seems as if they are illuminated from behind, in a Flavin style construction, but  there are no extra lights involved. As you circumnavigate each piece, reflected light and colour evolve, dependent on your position in front of the sculpture. So in a way the work encourages the viewer to have a number of different viewpoints.

2 I do have one reservation. There is a heavy reliance on the white gallery wall. What happens when collectors who don’t have a white cube take a piece home, will it lose it it’s magic?

4 Get out there and spend a bit of time with Rana’s sculptures if you want to properly appreciate them. What seems to be simply abstract, reveals after a bit of quality time, a complexity that cannot be understood by viewing a flat image of the work.

They’re about till next Saturday, so get down there sharpish.

Andrea Buttner @ Holybush Gardens

All the work in this exhibition was based  on “littleness” as described in the blurb. (A variation on minimalism one might suggest):  A slide show of moss pictures. A recording of a silent quaker prayer meeting. A number of plain grey fabric canvases surrounding the walls. The works didn’t gell together at all. i didn’t know if they were supposed to work together or separately, i thought one was part of another. Some of it i didn’t realise was work until after i read the press release. The artist set out to capture littleness and i think they succeeded. But it left me cold.

I did however enjoy an edition of “the corner” which was also hung for some reason. I saw a different version of it last year at Frieze and this  does very well what i think andrea sets out to achieve generally, which is minimalism with emotional impact. So in the end i was happy went.