DLWP's commissions make an impression

Richard Grayson, The Magpie Index (2010), courtesy the artist and Matt's Gallery

Commissioning great works of art has always been high on the De La Warr Pavilion's agenda. Individual works of art and site-specific commissions facilitated by the Pavilion, continue to make a lasting impression, appearing in exhibitions up and down the country and forming an integral part of the artists' body of work.

The Magpie Index, commissioned by the DLWP to be included in Richard Grayson's 2010 exhibition is to be exhibited at Matt's Gallery, London. Named The Magpie Index (18 January-12 February 2012), the exhibition is in honour of the late Alan Haydon, Director of the De La Warr Pavilion from 1999-2011, who passed away recently.

The Magpie Index
comprises is a single-screen high-definition video artwork in which legendary singer-songwriter Roy Harper delivers a series of monologues. Each section addresses a different aspect of his work; his philosophy and history, counter-culture, religion and superstition, ornithology, nature and the environment, political engagement and the end of politics, as well as Harper’s experiences in the music world and the importance of changing light bulbs.  

Installation view, Lighthouse (east) 2011.

Another DLWP commission making an impression is Catherine Yass's film work, Lighthouse. Forming part of the DLWP's popular exhibition of Yass's work in 2011, the film features the Royal Sovereign Lighthouse, situated five miles out to sea from the De La Warr Pavilion. Fascinated by the structure of this unoccupied lighthouse, Yass's film work explores the nature of the structure, disorientating and disrupting the viewers’ spatial order. 

Catherine Yass Lighthouse is due to open at Alison Jacques Gallery, London (13 January-11 February 2012).

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Posted on Monday, 09 January 2012