Serpentine Galleries London

Over the last few days I went into London and explored art, design and craft galleries and places of interest. I first visited the Serpentine Galleries in Kensington Gardens. The Serpentine is made up of two galleries the Pavilion and the Serpentine Sackler gallery.

In the Gallery I saw the exhibition ‘Alex Katz-Quick light’ which are colourful landscapes which are readable very quickly and simplistic but are fully rich in colour and the scale makes you feel contained within the canvas and within the landscape. I loved the bright vibrant colours and harsh bold line work.

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http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/alex-katz-quick-light

Every year in the Serpentine Pavilion the pavilion is designed and constructed by architects, this year is designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). This year they created a curtain wall with fiberglass frames, aluminum profiles and wooden boards. The idea came from the brick and how they could make it lighter and alter the positions of how they sit on top of one another. The idea of the pavilion is for people to engage with architecture and make it an art for all.

On sight there is also the Serpentine’s summer house show where a group of 4 architects must design a summer house relating to a theme, this years theme was the nearby Queen Caroline’s Temple. The artists are Kunle’ Adeyemi, Barkow Leibinger, Yonda Friedman and Asif Khan.

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Kunle’ Adeyemi has created a robust inverted replica of the Queen Caroline’s Temple.

I really like the inverted idea and how that you can play with negative space. I also love how the bricks look like they are movable and could attach and detach where ever and whenever.

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Barkow Leibinger was inspired by the 18th century pavilion designed by Williams Kent, which rotated to offer 360 degree views of the park.

I love the use of material in this summer house, the form is lovely, the wood is curved to create a ripple effect. Wood is a readily available resource and I feel like it belongs in the park hidden within the trees. .

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Yonda Friedman’s summer house takes a modular structure which can be moved and altered to create a different structure.

I loved the idea of the shape being able to move and then form a completely new structure, but I also like the abstract work at the bottom level. This form can be used as an exhibition space and is also portable.

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Asif Khan’s summer house comes from the idea of light and how the Queen Caroline Temple was positioned so that the light would be captured from the lake.

I love the use of the surrounding environment in this one. The white rods reflect the light to create a bright clean surrounding.

I was surprised I enjoyed these exhibitions because I am not into architecture and Landscape art but there are certain things that inspired me. In the Alex Katz exhibition ‘Quick light’ it was the development of his work and how he refined his work to make it more concentrated for the viewer to receive a quick understanding of the environment shown. The linear work was simplistic and overall created a strong subject matter.

For the Pavilion I really loved the structure and how it was grand and block like from one angle but when you turn around the building could look almost transparent. It was also interesting to see how the place was being interacted with and the idea of that art is for all to enjoy and thrive in. I also really enjoyed visiting the summer houses, it was fun to explore the varied exteriors and was interesting to explore the different materials that was there to offer.

From these galleries I would take the idea of concentrated concept and the idea of visitor communication and exploration with the work there.

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