White Cube in Bermondsey
Posted on March 10th, 2018
Bermondsey is an area going places. Famous for Bermondsey market where you can go very early and root out vintage, antique, stolen (?!), artisan wares. It is s also an area which is evolving into a busy hub of small businesses, art dealers and cafes.
Only a stone’s throw from Borough Market, the Shard and London Bridge, it is 100% worth exploring.
Discover, if you haven’t already White Cube. Almost doing what is says on the tin, this is a gallery of fabulous geometric proportions. A huge 1970s warehouse space has been transformed into one of Europe’s largest contemporary art galleries.
After a delicious ‘organic’ coffee in the naughtily named ‘Fuckoffee, ‘ Emma and I went to see the latest collection the gallery is exhibiting. In fact there are 3 notable artists on display there until the 8th April. So get your skates on and expect to see;
Eddie Peake – ‘Concrete Pitch’
The exhibition is inspired by the bare, concrete recreation ground in Finsbury Park London, where Peake grew up. It’s an eclectic mix of fabulous fluorescent paintings made using different textures and mediums. They contain graffiti-like slogans/messages, and installations comprising of a bendy row of steel tables reflecting his neighbourhood street and various constructed spaces inspired by his upbringing and past.
We loved some of it, didn’t understand some of it, and felt uncomfortable about some of it – well, that’s art for you! – Definitely worth seeing though.
He Xiangyu – ‘Evidence’
An interesting exhibition by this Chinese artist, reflecting mainly the themes of struggle, resistance and survival in North Korea. The main work is a series of sculptures of scrap copper wires, barbed wire, tubes and other bits of iron which were all bought on the black market in N Korea. It’s very stark on the bright white walls. It is almost quite disturbing (as I’m sure it’s meant to be), but effective. There’s also a film showing how they are made plus a separate film focusing on a boat trip between China and N Korea.
Emma and I were a bit non-plussed really. Xiangyu has a point to prove and if art can draw attention to the plight in N Korea, then the purpose surely is noble.
We’ve only recently been to see his full exhibition at the newly-opened Hayward Gallery (it’s a must see). So we were quite surprised to see his work here too. However, there’s only one work on display – a massive large-scale photograph “Ruckblick.’ Great to see it, but prompts you to definitely to go to the Hayward and see the whole exhibition.
Lovely outing to eclectic exhibiton in a great space in a fun area of London.
Bermondsey. Both exhibitions run until 8 April.
Opening times: Tues – Sat 10-6, Sunday 12 – 6