The 25th of June saw Fox&Squirrel Walkers get together for the Fox&Squirrel Art Walk: Angel. With an almost full house the Fox&Squirrel team met us at the Wenlock Arms Pub by Old Street tube station.
Like always, before setting off, Eleanor introduced us to this walk’s running theme: female contemporary artists. Our first gallery stop was Victoria Miro gallery just around the corner from our meeting point.
At Victoria Miro, Fox&Squirrel Art Walkers were introduced to the work of Yayoi Kusama. Kusama’s Giant sculptures of tulips, a pumpkin, dogs and a doll are located in the gallery’s canal-side garden and ground floor exhibition space, along with new paintings, creating a surreal inside-out landscape of nature and artifice. Upon entering the gallery Kusama’s works create a playful and almost naive enviroment. In hindsight the work is more critical than one initially perceives it to be.
Housed in the same gallery Alice Neel’s exhibition is at stark contrast to that of Yayoi Kusama’s. Serious and sombre Neel’s exhibition Men Only, eleven portraits show a variety of attitudes, from the erotic to the ironic, in an exhibition that looks at Neel’s particular relationship to her male subjects. Fox&Squirrel Art Walkers were guided through the show by art critic, fiction writer and poet Sue Hubbard, who has also written the text for the exhibition catalogue.
Sue Hubbard shed light on Alice Neel’s life and its influences on her work. This information was the basis for great discussions between Fox&Squirrel Art Walkers at the after- walk drinks which were held at Candid Art Trust.
Our last stop was Cubitt Gallery & Studios for a show by Kateřina Šedá That’s the Way the Cookie Crumbles. In 2006 a Hyundai factory was built in fields at the centre of Nošovice in the Czech Republic. Socially and geographically it has divided the town. Three years ago Šedá set out to re-connect the townspeople through the very thing that has divided them: the inaccessible blind spot in the centre. Firstly, she asked them to imagine standing within the factory and draw everything in a 360-degree circle around them, literally standing within skirt-like circular canvases. These were turned into embroidered tablecloths (with holes in the middle) and placed on tables, as objects that ‘bring people together’. At Cubitt, Fox&Squirrel Art Walkers enjoyed a talk by the curator of the show.