Hauser and Wirth

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I recently took a trip to the art gallery of Hauser and Wirth in Somerset, to see the garden and the exhibition by Rashid Johnson. Its a very unique and interesting place in the middle of rolling English countryside, we got lost in a few little villages on the way!

“The exhibition takes its title from an essay ‘Stranger in the Village’ by James Baldwin. Originally published in Harper’s Magazine in 1953, it is the account of Baldwin’s experiences as a young African-American man, living in a small village in Switzerland.” (https://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/3169/rashid-johnson-stranger/view/)

The first room was what struck me the most with forest like installations mixed with abstract sculpture. I really like the primitive element with the rough sculptures and drawings that looked like they had been done by hand. The whole thing makes me think of hammer hitting a brick, its very in your face and uncompromising with thick black lines and edges. The most interesting thing was the black soap and shea butter that were used in the artwork. Using such an unusual material such as black soap made out of ash from West African trees and plants is very interesting and should have advertised better rather than a note at the end of the gallery.

 

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