ron arad’s curtain call at the roundhouse

13 August 2011 § Leave a comment

August is a sleepy time in the London art world. With summer holidays in full swing many commercial galleries take the opportunity to take a break themselves by closing or perhaps letting a show run longer than usual. Others ready themselves for the Autumn season and the frenzy around the Frieze – and other – art fairs. The public galleries fend off the kids and and have ‘family’ events, the blockbuster shows have all busted their blocks – opening long ago – or are coming in the Autumn too.

It is a great relief therefore to find that the Roundhouse has just opened it’s latest event. Supported by Bloomberg (glad the bankers money is going somewhere useful!) Ron Arad has been invited to create a work in this former railway building, dating back to 1846 and originally used as a steam engine repair shed, and later famously a theatre and 1960’s concert venue.

How I wish I’d been there to see Hendrix play, but my last visit was for another musician – David Byrne – who created the excellent Playing the Building‘. In a similar way Arad has created another interactive work creating a curtain of long transluscent silicon ropes. Oscillating as people walk through it it also acts as a backdrop for other invited artists invited by Arad to create projected works.

Arad has made an excellent and eclectic selection too: David Shrigley – as usual part-humourous, part disturbing – presents Walker, Christian Marclay projects a ring of piano keys played by giant hands, Ori Gersht shows crowds at a bullfight and Mat Collishaw features a gorgeous but poisoned tropical landscape. There are half a dozen more, all excellent in their own way.

Enjoy the architecture, the space, the experience and the films. An excellent way to spend a lazy day and well worth a trip.

The Roundhouse until 29 August 2011. Entry is on a ‘pay what you feel’ basis.

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