Here at Nocturne we're big fans of artwork that plays with colour and silhouette, so two recent London exhibitions piqued our interest...
Chihuly NOW at Halycon gallery is a solo exhibition of American artist Dale Chihuly's vibrant glass-based work, which plays with light and form through large installation pieces. Chihuly is perhaps best known in London for the bold green and blue chandelier which hangs in the entrance hall of The Victoria and Albert Museum. But this exhibition goes beyond that, showing the scope of his work from his tentacle-like hanging forms to two-dimensional acrylic paintings. A particular favourite of ours was a dark corridor with multicoloured glass shapes forming a roof overhead, reflecting colours throughout.
Another free London exhibition which opened recently is Beatriz Milhazes at White Cube in Bermondsey. Her psychedelic, colourful body of artwork spans large scale installations, paintings, and even a tapestry created especially for the exhibition. The pieces employ a riotous colour scheme through an amalgamation of abstract, geometric and floral forms. It's playful, visually stimulating, at times almost overwhelming, but the clean lines of the White Cube space balances it out.
Milhazes takes the unexpected, from unlikely colour combinations to unusual textures, and turns it into a visual feast. Much like Nocturne's design style, which is all about mixing high quality with a playful twist!