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Press from 2013

  • In the studio: Anna Barriball ~ Karen Wright

    Published in The Independent, 22 November 2013

    It was a flat tyre that led me to Anna Barriball. I had been visiting Hurvin Anderson’s studio in Bermondsey, South London, when I found myself stranded in the rain. Barriball, who works in the same complex, rescued me, taking me into her studio to wait for the AA.

    Her studio is on the same floor as Anderson’s in the former biscuit factory and shares his outlook – an open sky and trains zipping by on the aqueduct. She loves the beautiful sunsets, she says, apologising that she has to carry on working as she talks. Her pieces are due to go to the framers later today for her new show at Frith Street Gallery. Her assistant, Annabel, carries on painting a strip of fluorescent orange that will eventually be hidden but will cast its ethereal light across the final work.

    Barriball often works on the same theme. One set of drawings is made using the mundane ceiling tiles often seen in 1970s buildings, by painstakingly piercing through the tiles with a pencil. I ask how long they take to make. “They take time. There is often a layering of time, in the making and the subject. I’m also showing video loops at Frith Street. They’re made from still images edited together to give movement and duration.”

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  • The Worlds of Dayanita Singh ~ Monisha Rajesh

    Published in The New York TImes, October 2013

    Mobility and fluidity are key themes of “Go Away Closer,” which opened Oct. 8 at the Hayward Gallery and runs through Dec. 15. At the heart of the exhibition is “Museum Bhavan,” a series of mini-museums that have evolved from 30 years of Ms. Singh’s work. Handmade from giant, folding wooden panels that open and close like books, each portable “museum” is fitted with both old and new black-and-white photographs.

    Related artists: Dayanita Singh

  • Night Waves

    Published in BBC Radio 3 , 2013-10-10

    Arts and cultural debate with Philip Dodd including social media and democracy, photographer Dayanita Singh plus Verdi…and Shakespeare.

    The photographer, Dayanita Singh, documents our interior landscapes. At her new exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery, Go Away Closer, she tells Philip how her approach to the camera is influenced by the rigors of indian classical music and the demands of literature. For Dayanita Singh, images must be displayed and curated in such a way that they tell part of a story…and since the story is constantly evolving and changing, so must the way she chooses to show her work.

    Related artists: Dayanita Singh

  • Friends in low places ~ Mark Hudson

    Published in The Telegraph, October 2013

    Dayanita Singh, subject of a major retrospective at the Hayward, photographs everything from India’s upper-class sitting rooms to its cemetery-dwelling eunuchs. Mark Hudson meets her.

    Dayanita Singh is obsessed with paper. Her most recent book, File Room, comprises sumptuous black-and-white photographs of paper: in boxes, in sacks, in massive ledgers, but mostly in loosely tied bundles, crammed into creaking shelves in dusty government archives in India. We see the earnest-looking guardians of these places, but it’s the paper that takes centre stage. You can practically smell the desiccated, browning leaves, feel their dryness against your skin.
    “I have a visceral response to places like that,” says Singh. “To paper factories, old bookshops, people’s private libraries. I find the thought of the secrets and knowledge contained in all that paper deeply moving. I have long conversations with my publisher that are about nothing but paper. I carry the stuff around with me all the time, because I never know when I’ll have an idea for a book.”

    Related artists: Dayanita Singh

  • Cornelia Parker : Frith Street Gallery ~ Anna Lovatt

    Published in ArtForum, October 2013

    Despite its ostensibly humble, idiosyncratic materials and elegant post-Minimalist aesthetic, Cornelia Parker’s work is often infused with a frisson of danger, the aura of celebrity, or the lure of the spectacle. All three are manifest in The Maybe, her 1995 collaboration with Tilda Swinton, in which the actress lies, apparently asleep, inside a glass vitrine. Reprised intermittently at the Museum of Modern Art in New York over the course of this year, the work had drawn criticism for pandering to our culture’s obsession with celebrity, albeit in acceptably high brow form. And indeed, there is something troubling about Parker’s visually seductive practice, which offers vicarious encounters with violence, fame, and illicit substances, all rendered palatably abstract.

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  • DOROTHY CROSS: CONNEMARA ~ Emma Crichton Miller

    Published in The Financial Times, 27 September 2013

    I have driven miles across the Irish Republic to visit Dorothy Cross, one of the country’s most distinguished contemporary artists. She lives in the far west of Connemara, beyond the fretwork of bog and lake, beyond the sharp-peaked Twelve Bens looming beneath a shifting sky, where the coastline fragments into inlets and islets. From the window of her simple farmhouse you see the entrance to Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord, and the “smooth bald hill”, the impressive Mweelrea, rising beyond. This empty landscape, best known from the paintings of Paul Henry, Jack B Yeats and others, seems fit for hermits and visionaries.

    In Cross’s driveway, however, there is commotion. Her new black Labrador bounds genially, demanding a walk. There are builders finishing an extension linking her simple farmhouse with her pure wedge-shaped studio – “So that I won’t have to get wet when it rains.” Cross had a tea party for the builders the day before to celebrate the completion. That morning a curator had arrived to discuss her show in Dublin next year.

    Related artists: Dorothy Cross

  • Dayanita Singh : Museum of Memories ~ Dipti Nagpaul D'souza

    Published in The Indian Express, 20 September 2013

    When she started photography in 1986 with a project on tabla maestro Zakir Hussain, Dayanita Singh — seeking an alternative to the traditional format of exhibiting with a series of single images on the wall, matted and framed — produced a book, titled after the musician. The form, she said, made her the curator of the project that put her in control of every aspect, from the font to the accompanying text.

    Ever since known as a ‘bookmaker’, Singh has, however, continued to experiment with form. Her latest creations are portable ‘museums’, where the images move away from the wall and into ‘houses’ of their own. Each ‘museum’, made using wood, is six- to eight-feet tall, has 70 to 140 images of which 30-40 can be displayed at any time while the remaining are in the structure as the ‘reserve’ collection.

    Singh explains that the ‘museums’ go beyond the idea of display to create a complete set of spaces that can be inhabited not only for storage of photographs, but also as rooms for looking, thinking, moving and connecting the visual material that they gather. “For instance, ‘Museum of Chance’ comes with its own tables and stools. ‘Museum of Photography’ has its own benches. There is a ‘Museum of Machines’, ‘Museum of Men’, ‘Museum of Embraces’ and so on.”

    Now, eight of Singh’s museums will be part of an exhibition at London’s Hayward Gallery next month. Titled ‘Go Away Closer’, the artist says this showing is part-retrospective and part-prospective. The solo exhibition will open on October 8 and the works will be on view till December 15.

    Related artists: Dayanita Singh

  • Tacita Dean: JG Ballard, Robert Smithson and me ~ Adrian Searle

    Published in The Guardian, September 2013

    Artist Tacita Dean talks to Adrian Searle about her epic search for Robert Smithson’s ethereal earthwork Spiral Jetty in Utah – and how she discovered that JG Ballard shared her adoration of the land artist. The former Turner prize nominee, who displayed filmic work at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2011, exhibits the new videowork called JG alongside a series of postcards from prewar Kassel in Germany, over-painted by the artist to show 70 years of change.

    Related artists: Tacita Dean
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  • Night Waves ~ Philip Dodd

    Published in BBC Radio 3 , September 2013

    Tacita Dean’s film JG is on display at Frith Street Gallery in London from 13th September - 26th October 2013. The film is inspired by the artist’s correspondence with author J.G. Ballard regarding connections between his short story The Voices of Time and Robert Smithson’s earthwork and film Spiral Jetty.

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  • The Arts Interview ~ Nicholas Wroe

    Published in The Guardian, June 2013

    ‘I’ve always been happy to sleep with the enemy’
    The artist tells Nicholas Wroe that getting out of her comfort zone and challenging prejudices is what makes her tick.

    Related artists: Cornelia Parker
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