on repeat: COLORWAY – Destin Conrad
Hello, hi. Welcome back guys.
With the beginning of September comes the ending of summer. Adieu, farewell my good sis – you tried your best given the circumstances.
Summer gave it her best go this year and while I enjoyed, I always think I could have gone harder. With the weather chopping and changing, summer didn’t get the best chance to give this year but some moments do stand out. I’ve said before that one goal of mine before the year ends was to experience art more. I managed to tick that off this summer and wanted to compile some of my favourite exhibits with you all.
I feel I should preface this by saying I am not an art expert – I don’t know a thing about the intricacies of art. Therefore, this is not the list where I critically analyse paintings; this is for those of you who just like being surrounded by art for the vibe.
5. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms Exhibit, Tate Modern
Getting tickets for this was honestly like a lesser strain of getting Wizkid tickets (I will see those who did not lack in November xo). Truly though, getting tickets for this was a nightmare. As it stands, tickets are sold out from now until the end of October.
Anyway, if you’re able to bypass this first hurdle – this is one to check out. The exhibit includes an immersive installation of two rooms (the Infinity Mirror room and the “Chandelier of Grief” room) as well as a presentation of photographs and short video clips. The Infinity Mirror room (pictured above) was my personal favourite and an experience that will stick with me for a while. I didn’t expect the exhibit to be as small as it was but with entry being £5 for those signed up to the Tate Collective, it’s definitely a why not if not trip and very much gorgeous to see in person.
4. Van Gogh Alive Exhibit, Kensington Gardens
Showcasing Van Gogh’s work immersively, I enjoyed this one. The most expensive exhibition I went to though, with it being £23 with discount. However, this also included a 10 minute drawing session which I thought was cute. The TikTok girlies were calling this exhibit an overpriced slideshow so maybe don’t take my word for this one, I feel I’m easily pleased. The infamous sunflower room that everyone took pictures in (pictured above) was also quite small but I don’t think it needed to be bigger than what it was. What do the art experts think?
3. Manjit Thapp “My Head Is A Jungle” Exhibit, Now Gallery
Designed by Manjit Thapp, a Pakistani visual artist, this exhibit focused on South Asian women and tropical vibes. One of my personal faves as well but again, I always end up expecting these exhibits to be bigger than they are. This one was free with some mini pieces of the artwork available on postcards for purchase. What I feel made this exhibit stand out for me was the wall decorated by visitors. The wall (pictured above) was adorned with answers to statements such as “my biggest fear…” or “I feel…”. It was lovely reading through some of these and definitely enough of an incentive to check this one out.
2. Ryoji Ikeda Exhibit, 180 The Strand
So I went to this one alone (in this life, wait for no one) and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also free for NHS staff and students which we love to see. The exhibit is also very much immersive and designed to be uncomfortable at times – they warn you in the beginning and all sorts. The general theme surrounds the digital age and the exhibit is described as being a “subterranean exploration of sound and light” that takes viewers “on a sensory journey”. There are 12 pieces to see and you travel through the exhibit in a group with a tour guide. My personal fave was the “data verse trilogy” (pictured above) which started at microscopic level, worked its way up to human anatomy and then moved on to the world and constellations.
1. Liu Wei “Nudita” Exhibit, White Cube
The true babe. This exhibit was in Bermondsey and comes in at number one for me. I think the exhibit was put together so beautifully that even I, “a non-artist”, could appreciate it. Again, my favourites were located in South Gallery II (pictured above) simply because of how peaceful the space was. Most of the exhibits I had been to before this were immersive, so there was something about just having paintings on the wall that I found calming. This one was even free! If I had discovered it earlier (today was actually the last day to see the exhibit), I would have gone multiple times. Going to this exhibit helped me realise the kind of art I enjoy seeing and it’s apparently things like this. The Tate will be seeing me a lot in the next few months.
To wrap it all up – exploring my inner artist this year has truly been top two. I’d been struggling to see the allure in art but I get it now. If you allow it, visiting these spaces can be a source of peace, especially when you go alone. I hope I’ve inspired some of you to take yourselves out on an artist date.
see y’all in the next one
with all my love,