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.

 

Wall Drawing Experiment #4 notes

Throughout the this exhibition week i was given a lot of choices which i hadn’t had control over before, which was very exciting such as lighting and the use of a camera with a tripod to create a stop motion animation of the process of my work. It was a very new experience to look on such a large canvas and I came up with a loose plan of drawing 5 lines with markers across the wall, trying to split up the largest areas. Then taking away 5 lines with white paint from the most concentrated spots. this was my idea to work outwards a bit with mark pen lines and then back into the center taking away lines. This way i would be constantly moving the shapes around and revealing new images. I used white paint to erase certain lines in the more concentrated places to make new shapes and inspire images.