Jasper Hamill, (The Metro, 07/2006)

This exhibition is an exchange with Broadway 1602, a gallery in New York, curated by Anke Kempes, who also wrote the rather excitable gallery notes that accompany the exhibition. The arcane paintings, drawings and collages – one of a group of sexually ambiguous dandies rendered in a style recalling fashion sketches, another a flurry of geometric shapes – powdery textures and semi-anthropomorphic shapes, are mildly diverting at best; alienating, confusing and brutally inconsequential at their worst. When identifying explicitly with the preoccupations of a normative society – or the non-art world – the show is more effective. A bomber jacket, cast in white resign like Hans Solo frozen in carbon, is an almost-witty reflection of the fleeting trends and the most effective work, which documents pedestrians’ reactions to a pool of blood leaking from a door, perfectly encapsulates the spectacle of shock. Mostly dull but occasionally interesting, the show is too esoteric to be absolutely engaging.

Subject Exhibition

All dressed up with nowhere to go, Sorcha Dallas, Glasgow
With: Agnieszka Brzezanska, Friederike Clever, Ryan Doolan, Michael …