While the new White Cube gallery @ Bermondsey is in full preparation for its opening tomorrow night, we took a peak at exhibitions in its other two locations, namely Hoxton Square and Mason’s Yard.
At Hoxton Square, young Israeli-born and LA-based artist Elad Lassry shows new series of photographs and 4 sculptures. His photographs, all in the same (small) size and presented with matching frames, depict rather common objects, landscapes and portraits, yet their underlying charisma and somewhat hard-to explain complexity keeps you wondering – while watching them and long after. Ab-fab!
White Cube Mason’s Yard presents Raqib Shaw‘s “Paradise Lost“, another impressive solo, where the ‘Indian Murakami’ dazzles you with monumental paintings/mosaics so full of shine, glitter & awesomeness, that the exhibition space seriously looks like an atrium of oriental paradise where you expect the visitors to slowly integrate into the artworks. On the ground floor, slightly more chilling, yet equally impressive installation shows 2 painted bronze sculptures in a mirroring composition: swan lurching over, and pecking the innards, of a man-vampire.
As usual, the White Cube’s ‘no photo’ policy, applied to all commoners, prevented us from taking any worthy pictures; the one above being a lucky exception, a result of advanced distraction tactics and flash-fast action. Long live team work!