Ephrem SolomonSunday lunchtime , listening on Radio 3 to the recording of the Thomas Tallis lunchtime concert we went to last Monday at the Cadogan Hall. While lovely to hear again, the live performance, especially of Spem in Alium, was spine tingling.
After the concert and a late lunch, while we were in Chelsea, we went to the Saatchi Gallery - some interesting work in exhibition 'Pangaea II', my favourites the woodcuts of Ephrem Solomon referencing Ethiopian society and the isolation of the human figure
Eddy Ilinga Kamuanga
African fabrics: in Kamuanga's paintings ( above) of the contemporary cultural diversity of Kinshasa and traded old clothes from market sellers stitched by Mahama onto old cocoa bean jute sacks (below) used to bag farm produce and charcoal. The catalogue refers to the importance of the personalised exchange and the meanings acquired by material over time - reminding me of Boro
Armound BouaPowerful paintings of forgotten children painted in acrylic and tar on cardboard boxes then torn scratched, erased.
Paintings of calligraphic marks constructed from layers of images found on internet, reconstructed into abstract associations, exploring ideas on how the internet has transformed our relationship to images, space, a networked world of information and consumption.
Diega Mendoza Imbachi
Very large scale drawings in pencil and graphite, recording changes to the landscape in Columbia with the impact of industrialisation
Wellcome Collection. We were based in the reading Room, home of the amulets. Many of the displays were quite high up in cases but I found a good position at a table in the section on alchemy, attempting to capture in graphite the differences in surface between the glass flasks ( above) and wooden pestle and mortars ( below) without getting a crick in my neck!