Exhibitionist: The best art shows to see this week

Skye Sherwin guardian.co.uk, Friday 14 August 2009

It’s said that Hackney houses the highest population of artists in Europe: a sure sign of imminent gentrification. As rents have rocketed, many younger artists have in fact headed south of the river. The Peckham-based gallerist Hannah Barry is proving to be one of that area’s great pioneers. Earlier this summer she staged the first Peckham Pavilion at the Venice Biennale; now she has established a sculpture park on top of a local multi-storey car park. The work by emerging artists includes James Balmforth’s Failed Obelisk: snapped in two, with its phallic point bobbing absurdly on a giant spring, it makes for a droll twist on lofty abstract expressionist Barnett Newman’s best-known sculpture. A short bus journey away, in Elephant and Castle, there’s also another chance to see the astonishing work that earned Roger Hiorns his nomination for this year’s Turner prize. Seizure is a brutal transformation of a disused council flat, where copper sulphate mindlessly encrusts its once homely surfaces with hard blue crystal. Read more…


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