Another irresistible pair of shows at the Serpentine Galleries in time for the holidays. First up, at the Serpentine Gallery, there is a show by Lucy Raven called The Edge of Tomorrow. It’s the first UK solo exhibition of the New York-based artist, who was born in Tucson, Arizona. Raven’s work focuses on the marginal spaces at the edges of image production, what happens behind the camera or between the frames of a film or animation. In one of the works she follows the production of copper wire from an open pit mine in the American West to a smelter in southern China. In another she describes spaces and people on the outskirts of Kingston, New York in the hand-drawn animation I Felt As If I Had Actually Been To China. This shift of focus from the image to its production to make us really think about this kind of familiar imagery.
Down the road and over the bridge at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery is an exhibition of some rarely seen paintings and drawings the late architect Dame Zaha Hadid – including calligraphy drawings which were later transformed into architecture. This show is made extra special as her art is within the building she designed, the much loved Serpentine Sackler, one of only two buidings she made in England, the other one was the London Aquatics Centre for the Olympics. There was one more temporary building, a pavilion built outside the Serpentine Gallery in 2000, the inspiration for the now annual pavilions we all enjoy so much. The exhibition also includes intimate notebooks never seen before. In one note left just before she died she wrote: ‘With experimentation, you think you’re going to find out one thing, but you actually discover something else. I think there should be no end to experimentation.’
Lucy Raven and Zaha Hadid are unified by their unique approach to creating space, be it through the visionary art and architecture of Hadid or Raven’s moving image installations, which traverse the gap between two and three dimensionality. From now until 12th February 2017 at the Serpentine Galleries. Don’t forget, they are closed on Mondays. serpentinegalleries
Also, on some Tuesday evenings from 13th December the Serpentine Gallery has paired up with the on demand video site MUBI to host cult film nights. The films have been curated by the artist Lucy Raven who will create a velvet curtained space and the films will be introduced by artists, writers and film theorists.