Ian Davenport & Sue Arrowsmith
Midnight Moonlight, 2012
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery
An excited buzz was going on when I arrived at the Pippy Houldsworth gallery last week, the feeling of a show that has gone right was in the air. Good reviews in the papers, feels rightly deserved after a few years in the making. It was not easy to put up this show I was told, a lot of artists got put off by the title, not finding the humor and the irony. But with the once who did you could feel the excitement of working together, either the tension or the artistic pull.
Neo Rauch and Rosa Loy saying it was easier to work than driving a car together, signing off with a heart on the tree. Combining Rosa Loy's use of animals with Neo Rauch's take on social realism the painting really stands out.
The Ian Davenport and Sue Arrowsmith's work ended up being a layer upon layer painting where he began with the circle and she added the tree silhouette, and with that fulfilling each other.
Neo Rauch & Rosa Loy
Die Jagdegesellschaft, 2012
Anthony Gormley and Vicken Parsons
Relational Aesthetics 2012
With Gormley and Parsons you get a combination of her abstract work and his sculptures based on DNA. A dreamy piece of how we try to relate to each other, never really touching completely? But staying in the same universe.
Rem Koolhaas & Madelon Vriesendorp
Captive Globe Revisited, 1994
Flagrant Delit, 1975-2008
The skyscrapers sharing the same bed somehow really hit home for me. Since I fell in love with a man who builds skyscrapers himself, I could just see us lying there in the middle of Manhattan, and with the beach image in the background (where we also moved to).
These drawings were also part of the inspiration for the Sweetheart show.
It is always interesting to find out how couple works, will it create intrigues or inspiration? closer or looser bounds?
As I am just starting the renovation of my Gallery today, I am sure grateful that I have that close bond to my architect husband, I am not sure how I would do it without him:)