October Art Picks

Devas Designs' top three new art exhibitions to visit this October

1/ Antony Gormley ‘Fit’ at White Cube, Bermondsey

Open until 6th November 2016

Antony Gormley is known for his focus on the human form, and again this exhibition centres around the relationship between the body and the built environment. Gormley has transformed the space in the White Cube into fifteen chambers to create a labyrinth form. Each room is uniquely lit and sized, sending the audience on a dramatic journey.

In one room Gormley has placed over five hundred small iron sculptures, which at first appear to be grey blocks. As we approach them we realised they represent individual bodies, each with a sense of emotional displacement. There are references throughout to both the life of city dwellers and migrants seeking refuge, giving this exhibition a poignancy in the current climate.

2/ Lygia Pape at Hauser & Wirth, Mayfair

Open until 19th November 2016

Brazilian artist Lygia Pape was a pioneer of the Concrete Movement and later the Neo-Concrete Movement where, together with other artists working in Brazil, she championed greater sensuality and poetic feeling in concrete art. Hauser & Wirth’s exhibition looks at both of these moments in her work, beginning with her early black and white ‘Desenhos’ and ‘Tecelares’ (drawings and woodcuts) which were inspired by the formal geometric forms and abstraction of the Concrete art movement. Her later work, ‘Tteias’ really dazzled us; they are sculptural installations constructed using silver or gold threads. Each work is constructed to fit the length of the space, stretching from ceiling to floor or across walls. As the light catches them they create a sense of movement and a poetic and powerful effect takes over the space.

3/ Ed Ruscha ‘Extremes and In-Betweens’ at Gagosian Gallery, Mayfair

Open until 17th December 2016

Pop artist Ed Ruscha is synonymous with his graphic text-embedded paintings, often slogans set against American landscapes or fading coloured backdrops. This month he presents a new series of work at the Gagosian Gallery, with each piece newly created this year. His classic typeface appears in all - he now refers to it as ‘Boy Scout utility modern’. The recurring mountain motif used in Ruscha’s paintings from the 1990s are here too, reflecting both American landscape and cinematic scenes from American movies.