Haunch returns to the Yard

7 Sep

September is here and the private views are back with a vengeance.  As I came out of Alon Zakaim Fine Art on autopilot I set off for Haunch’s old space at the back of the Royal Academy.  Luckily the boys were on hand to guide and remind me when I wandered off in the wrong direction.  Haunch has returned to Haunch of Venison Yard.

Haunch of Venison. Own photograph.

I love this space.  Although there was a certain magnificence and splendour to their temporary home on Burlington Gardens, the intimacy of the original gallery creates a very special vibe. Spread over three floors (with dark wood floorboards perfect for clacking heels (by a happy coincidence, my stilettos beautifully co-ordinated with the mottled brown colouring)), Haunch is gorgeous with high ceilings and natural light flooding in through skylights.  They’ve done very well with the refurb of this eighteenth-century townhouse located behind Bonhams.

Interior of the gallery. Image via http://haunchofvenison.com/.

Adrian Ghenie is well-known and it’s understandable that they’ve played this card for their re-opening.  Ghenie’s new works have evolved to more abstracted forms of photography rather than his typically beautiful, structured works of past.  He brings together figures including Charles Darwin, Josef Mengele and Francis Bacon (from whom he obviously takes inspiration both in colour and style), combining them with a seemingly broad range of subjects from the landscape to nuclear testing.

Adrian Ghenie, detail of Self-portrait as Charles Darwin, 2011.  Image via http://haunchofvenison.com/.

His work responds to life around him and the cropped ‘portraits’ are designed to address complex issues surrounding morality, possibilities and the extent of evil.

The top floor is more collage-based and, here, the textures move to a new level – one work is even collaged directly onto the gallery walls.

Adrian Ghenie, Playing as Bob, 2010.  Image via http://haunchofvenison.com/.

These paintings fill the space nicely but I am looking forward to seeing one of Haunch’s more adventurous exhibitions that makes use of the amazing architecture.

Interior of the gallery. Image via http://haunchofvenison.com/.

Ghenie’s natural eye for composition is evident.  Regardless of whether or not his style is to your liking, the power of the works is captivating.

Adrian Ghenie, The Devil 3, 2010.  Image via http://haunchofvenison.com/.

This, combined with Haunch being back in the Yard, is definitely worth a visit.

Adrian Ghenie is at Haunch of Venison until 8th October 2011, http://haunchofvenison.com/.

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