I am blessed here with a manageble number of good galleries and am making a renewed effort to get to each at least once a quarter to see whatever they are showing as a way of expanding my horizons. This weekend it was the turn of the Towner in Eastbourne. I knew that I had read the programme and thought it might be interesting but by the time a free afternoon became available I had no reccollection of what was on so it was a total suprise! The one that resonated most for me was 'A certain kind of light'.
The piece that has stayed with me most strongly is the Colour construction, 1960, by Peter Lanyon (the blue glass form in the first gallery installation view). I loved the layering and the shapes and the way he had used the qualities of the glass to do something new.
Raphael Hefti's work also had an intrguing process, using the chemicals within the plant to 'burn' an image directly onto the photographic paper, with intriguing results.
It was interesting to see the two larger installation pieces by Katie Peterson and Mark Garry, one so fun and un-gallery-like it made me laugh and then almost fall over with the way it disrupted my sense of balance (according to the lable it had something pretty clever to say about the cosmos but I didn't get my head around that side of it), whilst the latter was quiet, subtle and almost invisible from some angles but very pleasing for the way the tiny threads bounced and twisted around the space to make something more than the sum of its parts.
David Batchelor's piece had a Mexican approach to colour that also speaks of fun, and was certainly cheering in it's effect, but his use of waste plastic bottles in many colours and forms gave it significance.
Light is super-important to me, so such so that I hardly even think about it, so it was useful to see so many different approaches to it and think again about what it is, how it behaves, the impact it has on materials and on the viewer.
The show is on until May 7th 2017 if you want to catch it yourself.