David Batchelor: My Own Private Bauhaus (4 stars)

This article is from 2019

David Batchelor: My Own Private Bauhaus

credit: Tom Nolan

Perfectly pitched work pays tribute to the revolutionary art movement

Titled, says the Dundee-born artist, after 'a phrase that has been hanging around the studio for a few years', the timing of this exhibition has a certain 'now or never' sense to it, given that 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus by Walter Gropius. Working here largely in sculpture and painting, Batchelor – whose work and writing is based around the application of colour – pays understated tribute through the use of geometric shapes, particularly the square, circle and triangle, each of which has been filtered through his own style.

In the centre of the room, 'Dogdays' is a series of lumps of coiled cable, each one in uniform colours, transformed far beyond their original use. There are sheets of graph paper with perfectly shaped patterns picked out in rainbow colours and black silhouette objects highlighted with a wash of spraypaint; 'paintings' created with large dollops of commercial paint, dried to a soft shine; painted tin lids arranged in gravity-defying towers atop blocks of concrete; and, in the long shelving arrangement of the title piece, sheets of painted paper, reflective gels and broken plastic drawing tools arranged in perfect aesthetic arrangements. None of this is any accident, but a measure of how perfectly pitched and controlled Batchelor's practice is.

Ingleby Gallery, until 28 Sep, free.

David Batchelor: My Own Private Bauhaus

  • 4 stars

Sculptures, paintings and drawings inspired by the Bauhaus but infused with Batchelor's own artistic sensibility, including a fascination with colour.