5 to See: This Weekend

Moving forwards whilst looking into the past, this weekend’s top shows engage with notions of time. From future cities to manufactured histories, the subject matter in these exhibitions surpasses the temporal world to offer new visions of reality.

Erik Madigan Heck: Old Future, Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Ontario
“As long as you’re transforming what resonates into something new, that’s art-making.” Nicholas Metivier Gallery brings together a selection of bright, painterly images by fashion photographer Madigan Heck (b. 1983). Looking to art history for inspiration, Heck blurs the boundaries between old and new to create timeless compositions that balance light, colour, form and texture. Until 5 May. Find out more here.

Tomás Saraceno: Solar Rhythms, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Influenced by science, engineering and architecture, Saraceno’s (b. 1973) innovative practice proposes new ways of living, providing viewers with a fresh perspective on the surrounding landscape. Expanding the definition of sculpture, the ongoing Air-Port-City/Cloud City project visualises a utopia of airborne cities. From 14 April. Find out more here.

Art and Space, Guggenheim Bilbao
Comprising over 100 works by international artists, this show examines the trajectory of abstraction, offering a renewed view of the relationship between artworks and their surrounding forces. The collection – which features installations by the likes of Iván Navarro and Lucio Fontana – emphasises the importance of gravity, light and balance. Until 15 April. Find out more here.

Vera Lutter: Turning Time, Gagosian, London
Lutter’s (b. 1960) pinhole-camera images of architecture, landscapes and industrial sites are created by transforming shipping containers into camera obscura. Investigating temporality, the works can take hours, weeks or even months to develop; the results give a unique viewing experience that engages with time in a material, yet highly conceptual way.
Until 14 April. Find out more here. 

Ganzfeld “Aural”, Jewish Museum Berlin
An immersive light installation by James Turrell (b. 1943) creates a borderless arena, providing a disorientating – yet strikingly mesmerising – experience. Seeming to suspend the rules of the physical world, Ganzfeld “Aural” uses light to form a transcendental platform. The practitioner is known for an expansive body of work which expands on these concepts. Until 30 September 2019. Find out more here.

1. Erik Madigan Heck, Kasia Struss for Harper’s Bazaar, 2016.
2. Tomás Saraceno, Corvus, 2012. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.
3. Iván Navarro, Death Row, 2006.
4. Vera Lutter, Chrysler Building: June 14, 2014, 2014. Courtesy Gagosian Galleries.
5. James Turrell, Ganzfeld Aural.