Nicolas Deshayes ‘Swans’ at Modern Art

  Nicholas Deshayes (born 1983) is an interesting artist. His work references bathroom fittings such as urinals but not for human beings.  We can see at once that they are the polar opposite of Duchamp’s Fountain. The shapes are invented and strange and only refer to the real world in oblique ways.     They…

Elmgreen and Dragset at the Whitechapel Gallery

  ‘there is a craving for expanding the truth in the world today – because things have become so simplified, so boiled down to black and white’. Elmgreen and Dragset’s work is like a plunge into a cold lake. You surface, shake your head, and feel that you are seeing the world with new eyes….

Natalie Dray ‘Kierkegaardashian’ at Blain/Southern

  The title of this show comes from a Twitter account that splices quotes from Kierkegaard with Kim Kadashian’s tweets. We have the agonies of personal choice set beside the smugness of total self absorption.The juxtapositions jangle and you can see why Natalie Dray is attracted to the mix. Her work relishes a confusion between…

Nancy Rubins at the Gagosian Gallery, Britannia Street

The sheer physicality of Nancy Rubins’s sculpture is initially overpowering. Her work comes out of the American tradition of heavy metal sculpture such as the crushed cars of John Chamberlaine.She started scavenging thrift stores when she left college in the early 70s and making assemblages of discarded electrical appliances and such like. In 1981 her…