- Jasmine Sumeray takes a look around The White Cube Gallery.
As the architectural highlight of a busy London street, the White Cube Gallery in Bermondsey (nearest tube: London Bridge) demands your attention as soon as you set eyes upon it. The structure is the epitome of modern simplicity. A metal, sculptural fence surrounds the courtyard, it manages to be discreet in the most dramatic way possible. Using a minimal colour palette of white and grey it blends into the cityscape while at the same time making a statement against the old tannery buildings that surround it.
The gallery itself contains three main rooms, with two artists currently exhibiting; Sarah Morris and Marcius Galan, both until the 29th September (free entry).
Sarah Morris explores the culture of South America in her exhibit, ‘Bye Bye Brazil’. Her paintings are an intense and colourful investigation into the liveliness of Brazilian life. With a range of colours and geometric shapes they capture the passions of the country. The display is enhanced by the simplicity of the gallery itself, the stark white lines of The White Cube juxtapose against Morris’ circular shapes. Her video installation, ‘Rio 2012’ shows the city in a vibrant and wild way. Ultimately her work expresses a Brazilian culture filled with excitement and movement.
Marcius Galan explores concepts of space and shape using installation, sculpture, photography and video. His mobile structure in the 9x9x9 gallery incorporates wood, metal and cable that balances perfectly together. Galan has created an odd, confusing and yet brilliant installation that questions weight, mass and our relation to it. This theme, of questioning our own presence in a complex series of shapes and mass reoccurs through all of Galan’s artworks displayed in the gallery.
The White Cube is an exploration into modern art and architecture. From the outside to the inside the gallery incorporates colour, form and material. Definitely worth a visit!