Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Ian Davenport & Sue Arrowsmith
Midnight Moonlight, 2012

Artist Couples
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

Madelon Vriesendorp, 
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:)

With Love


  1. Just love that first one, could stare at it for hours!! I hope the renovations of your gallery go well, it is a good thing your husband is there!! Hope you are well and you have a sweet week :) xx

  2. excellent show. i love collaborations in general. really pushes the limits of the whole sole artistic creative phenomenon.

  3. Madelon Vriesendorp's is kind of interesting, must looking into more

  4. What a cool collaboration and I love how the partnership fuses both styles!

    Aww I love how the last piece speaks to you and of course I love NYC references!

    p.s. I also have a "I love the most expensive thing in the store (unknowingly) radar!"

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  5. A truly exciting post - I enjoyed each piece that you have posted. When couples can work together at something creative, then it adds to the relationship and brings deeper understanding.
    My husband and I play music together (quite recent) he on guitar and me on the bodhrán. It is something special for us.

  6. Forgot to add - Best wishes for your gallery when it is up and running again! x

  7. You're right, it a real show! With a lot of different and amazing worlds.

  8. i love koolhaas... such a great artist and architect! Hope you're having a nice weekend!

  9. Really love Neo Rauch & Rosa Loy's work- Good luck with your project- glad your husband is there to help!