Hannah Höch

Hannah Höch

WhiteChapel Gallery This visual chocolate box of an exhibition, displaying neat rows of precisely hung, small works in dark frames, is a vast collation of German collagist Hannah Höch’s life with the knife. The dozens of caramel-toned cut paper and photomontage works on show stand as exquisite evidence of her dedication to delicate and meticulous…

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Singing Skies

Stuart A. Staples and Susanna Osbourne (Hannibal) This solid little cotton-bound book brings together two practices: Susanne Osborne’s painted impressions of cloudscapes and Stuart A. Staples lyrics’ from the back catalogue of his band, Tindersticks. The pages open to reveal on the left a portrait painting of the sky on a given day, and on…

Colleen

Café Oto, June 8 I’m worried that I’m late but, as I arrive, the crowd is still queuing outside Dalston’s Café Oto, and the atmosphere of anticipation is tangible. It’s a bright, light, early summer night, as we finally enter the venue, the light immediately dropping down into darkness, like entering the inside of a…

World of Echo

Sharing a love of Arthur Russell’s 1986 album, World of Echo, musician David Sheppard and artist Louise Clarke chose to use its resonant song titles as springboards for new ctions. With each participant unaware of what the other was writing, these short, sudden narratives reverberate between the pair with a curious synchronicity, ideas and images…

James Smith

It’s impossible to imagine a single visual survey of the British landscape. Like the contours of a map, each of us could circle the same place and yet experience a unique vision. James Smith’s work manages to articulate his single experience while at the same time holding up a mirror, provoking us into looking at…

The Industry of Creating

Despite a major retrospective, Every Day is a Good Day, at the Baltic, Gateshead, in 2010, John Cage’s notoriety as a revolutionary sonic manipulator and composer is not yet imperilled by his repute as a visual artist. Here, artist Louise Clarke seeks to rebalance things a touch by running a very personal rule over a…

Dirty Hints

We asked a cross-section of contemporary artists and musicians: What makes a dirty hit? DAVID LOCK ARTIST The Vaselines: I love The Vaselines, most of the time you don’t know if they’re taking it seriously, most probably not; tightness is hardly what springs to mind. The songs are wonderfully shambolic. My favourite is ‘Son Of…