Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
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  • The mystery of Jonah, the giant whale who toured the UK in the 1950s ~ Becky Barnicoat

    Published in The Guardian, July 2015

    Once Tan read about Jonah the giant whale, she set off on her own journey, delving into natural history museums to find out more. “I am very interested in the idea of collections,” she says. (Her previous works include an imaginary museum curated by Marco Polo, shown at the 2009 Venice Biennale, and a film about John Soanes’s museum full of antiquities in London.) “What is a collection, and what is someone trying to tell me with it?” wonders Tan. “Some are huge – the Netherlands’s natural history museum has 37m specimens.”

    Related artists: Fiona Tan

  • 35mm Marvels ~ David Jager

    Published in NOW Toronto, July 2015

    Tacita Dean dominates the exhibit with JG, her breathtaking meditation on filmic and geologic time. Using dystopian British novelist J.G. Ballard’s short story The Voices Of Time as a starting point, she films Robert Smithson’s iconic land art piece, Spiral Jetty, in Utah’s Great Salt Lake…Somehow, in 26 minutes, she makes notions of eternity and fragile humanity palpable, using the magnificent Utah landscape as a canvas.

    Related artists: Tacita Dean

  • Fiona Tan, photographer: ‘There is a romanticised version of the messy studio’ ~ Karen Wright

    Published in The Independent, July 2015

    “Work has its stages, [including] its embryonic stage. You have to protect it. There is a romanticised version of the studio that it looks messy. Mine looks like an oversized office. There are friends who might leave a coffee ring behind”.

    Related artists: Fiona Tan

  • Fiona Tan interview ~ Freire Barnes

    Published in Time Out, June 2015

    The Amsterdam-based artist known for her immersive film installations talks to Time Out about her two London shows: ‘Inventory’, which takes inspiration from the eclectic Sir John Soane’s Museum, and ‘Ghost Dwellings’, an installation which focuses on natural and economic disasters in Detroit, Cork and Japan.

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  • Artforum Critics’ Pick: Fiona Tan ~ Andrew Witt

    Published in Artforum, May 2015

    Fiona Tan slows down time. Her film Inventory, 2015, tracks through London’s Sir John Soane’s Museum, scanning its eccentric nineteenth-century collection ... Composed from six projections—all taken with different cameras (both digital and analog)—the video peers over the collection as if it were evidence from a wreckage. The faces, objects, and fragments appear ruined, as if dissolved by the vicissitudes of time. “There is no antidote to the opium of time,” the film states in the prologue. Time is like a drug—it both seduces and ruins its subject.

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  • Artforum Critics’ Pick: Bridget Smith ~ Himali Singh Soin

    Published in Artforum, May 2015

    A vacant auditorium is rendered in four cyanotype prints, Blueprint for a Sea, 2015, that utilize light to mimic outlines of waves. At first, the four appear identical; then, a very slight shift in perspective is noticeable. The series thus seems to rise and fall in a rhythm of its own. Five opaline globe lights hang as celestial objects, so that the narrative of the interior washes up against the vastness of outer space. Places become psychological: in this situationist’s dystopia, architecture rid of function is of infinite discontent and infinite desire.

    Related artists: Bridget Smith

  • Ghost Dwellings: artist Fiona Tan turns a London gallery into a ‘home’ ~ Betty Wood

    Published in The Spaces, May 2015

    Step through the doors of Frith Street Gallery in London’s Soho, and you become voyeur to an unknown character’s life. Artist Fiona Tan has transformed the gallery space into the cluttered apartment of a reclusive figure for her new exhibition, Ghost Dwellings, complete with the detritus of everyday existence.

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  • Fiona Tan: Inventory and Ghost Dwellings at Frith Street Gallery ~ Harriet Thorpe

    Published in Studio International, May 2015

    Fiona Tan occupies the two Frith Street gallery spaces at Golden Square and Soho Square with her video essays and installation work that lies between art and documentation. She creates eerie microcosms that question what domestic objects and space mean to humankind in the current climate of unpredictable incidents. The journey between the two different architectural spaces of the galleries creates an interesting reflective process on the works she presents.

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  • Kings and needles: the Magna Carta gets an embroidery update ~ Jonathan Jones

    Published in The Guardian, May 2015

    The Guardian’s editor-in-chief wounded himself to help create Cornelia Parker’s giant embroidery commemorating 800 years of Magna Carta. Tiny brown spots of Alan Rusbridger’s blood can clearly be seen on the brilliant white fabric, after he pricked his finger while embroidering the words “contemporary political relevance”.

    Related artists: Cornelia Parker

  • Global Entry: Okwui Enwezor talks with Michelle Kuo about the 56th Venice Biennale

    Published in Artforum, May 2015 ( Vol. 53, No. 9 85 )

    Raqs Media Collective’s large-scale sculptural installation, which will be in the Giardini, deals with something that is very, very powerful and yet is known to very few people. They are trying to rethink a space on the outskirts of New Delhi called Coronation Park. The project consists of a work in two parts, based on a series of statues of members of the British Raj—including a monumental statue of George V—which were scattered all around New Delhi. After Indian independence in 1947, they were gathered by the new government of Nehru and brought to their current location, a park where King George had been proclaimed the emperor of India in 1911. The work incorporates excerpts from George Orwell’s essay “Shooting an Elephant,” a text about imperial hubris and absurdity. It manifests precisely the kind of historical layering so central to this exhibition, and I think it will look amazing in the Giardini.

    Related artists: Raqs Media Collective

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