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Earlier this week I visited the Ed Ruscha: Artist Rooms on tour show at the Hatton Gallery Newcastle.

The exhibition consisted of Ruscha’s paintings, photographs and prints

Included were some of the photographs from the 1966 Sunset Strip series where Ruscha scratched into the original 5×4 negatives with implements such as razor blades.

Ed Ruscha Sunset Strip

It was fascinating to see examples of Ruscha’s photography as I had been reading about it in Charlotte Cotton’s The Photograph As Contemporary Art (Thames and Hudson 2012). Cotton writes that:

‘His approach remains alive in contemporary photographic thinking, often in tandem with major advancements in technology, because of the directness with which his books take us to the heart of the artist’s vision of his own work.’ (P.237)

Several of Ruscha’s photographic 1968-1997 Pool series were also on show. I found them compelling and mesmerizing.  A show really worth visiting.

Ed Ruscha pool #5



I was in Newcastle on Friday and popped into the Hatton Gallery .

There were several exhibitions open including Elements Abstract Art from the Hatton gallery’s own collection, a one room show of abstract art.

There were some fabulous pieces including 2 screen prints by Victor Pasmore, prints by Antoni Tapies as well as painting by Derek Hirst, Ian Stephenson and prints by Michael Brick.

Abstract work such as this was what  inspired me to go to art college back in the early 1980’s and it was refreshing to see a room of this work looking both energetic and current.

The works were juxtapositioned next to an exhibition by artist Helen Petts Throw Them Up and Let Them Sing a digital film installation that explores Kurt Schwitters’ journey to Ambleside via a remote island in Norway.

It was an interesting positioning of works and ideologies between the two exhibitions and one that suggested a continuity of ideas.

Visited new media artist Julien Maire’s exhibition at the Hatton Gallery  earlier this week.

I enjoyed this exhibition in which Maire employs low res projectors, slow motion and obsolete technologies and creates haunting installations on the themes of illusion, memory and the passage of time.

See more about his work here:

Model for the Apocalypse