5 to See: This Weekend

Moving into April, this weekend’s top picks reflect on notions of place and time, responding to social, local and structural environments through photography, installation and experimentation. These exhibitions question established norms, offering new perspectives on an ever-changing world.

Robert Frank, Hamiltons Gallery, London

Defined by a strong sense of narrative, Frank’s (b. 1924) oeuvre explores the social landscapes of Paris, England Wales and the US. The photographer is known for his ground-breaking book, The Americans, which offered a poignant impression of the country’s topography.  This spring, Hamiltons Gallery foregrounds a series of rarely-seen prints. Until 11 May. Find out more here.

Susan Hiller:  Social Facts, OGR Torino

This show comprises installations, video projections, sound works and sculptures, each responding to contemporary culture. Interested in the relationship between new technologies and perceptions of the world, Hiller (b. 1940) questions value systems in the age of the Internet, bringing into focus that which lies beyond the mainstream. Until 24 June. Find out more here. 

Jared Bark, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York

Yancey Richardson highlights Bark’s (b. 1944) unique approach to photography, bringing together a selection of photo booth assemblages made between 1969 and 1975. Engaging with notions of minimalism and abstraction, the pieces – formed from multiple exposures – are a testament to the artist’s innovative approach. Until 5 May. Find out more here. 

Steve Fitch: Vanishing Vernacular, Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe

To mark the release of Fitch’s (b. 1949) new monograph, this exhibition showcases a collection of colour compositions which capture the distinctive roadsides of Western America. Featuring neon motel signs and drive-in theatres, the large-scale images offer a nostalgic vision of the region. As Fitch notes: “It is a story that is evolving and that has not ended.” Until 19 May. Find out more here. 

Chiharu Shiota: Beyond Time, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Shiota’s (b. 1972) practice is both personal and universal, investigating themes of loss, nostalgia and life cycles through installation and performance. The most recent piece, Beyond Time, is a site-specific work for YSP’s 18th century chapel. Fabricated from 2000 balls of white wool, the work activates the unique building in spatially resonant ways. Until 2 September. Find out more here. 

1. Robert Frank, Covered Car, Long Beach, California, 1955-1956
2. Susan Hiller, Channels, 2013. Courtesy Lisson Gallery. 
3. Jared Bark, Untitled, PB #1051, 1974. Courtesy Yancey Richardson Gallery. 
4. Steve Fitch, Capri Motel, Raton, New Mexico, December 1980
5. Chiharu Shiota, Memory of the Ocean, 2017. Le Bon Marche, Paris.