Gilbert & George FUNKY 2020 © Gilbert & George Courtesy White Cube
FRIDAY 30th April – SUNDAY 2nd May 2021
London in lockdown
East London’s favourite troublesome art duo Gilbert & George have pitched up at White Cube Masons Yard to present a series of 26 works developed across the past two years. Titled New Normal Pictures, think of this as Gilbert & George’s lockdown diary, offering surreal puzzle-like shots of London in flux and street debris – such as balloons and baggies – that dabble in the “subjects that lie inside of one, wherever they are on this planet. Death, hope, life, fear, sex, money, race, religion, shitty, naked, human, world.”
Gilbert & George: New Normal Pictures runs at White Cube Mason’s Yard from 13 April – 1 May 2021. Tickets can be purchased here.
Gilbert & George WOKEN 2020 © Gilbert & George Courtesy White Cube
Learning from the best
Over lockdown the Freud Museum has been keeping us sane (get it?) with their Projections series, examining auteur voices through a psychoanalytical lens. This week, the films of Woody Allen are under the microscope. A pretty brilliant filmmaker for this kind of event, Allen is a self-confessed neurotic, and his films tend to revolve around existential crises, self-sabotage and questions of love/lust.
Within this course, recommended viewing includes key Woody flicks like Love and Death, Annie Hall, Anything Else, Husbands and Wives, Manhattan, while the filmmaker’s book Apropos of Nothing is also homework. Having to enjoy Woody’s prolific oeuvre should be reason alone to dive into this one.
Projections: Woody Allen begins on April 30th – 1st May. More info here.
Morning in the evening
Piccadilly Circus may not be the ideal spot to spend a Saturday, but this weekend art platform CIRCA are turning the iconic location into a wide-screen David Hockney exhibition. Titled Remember you cannot look at the sun or death for very long, an animated sunrise created by Hockney on his iPad in Normandy, France – where he also created a series of wider series of lockdown works – will take place across the Piccadilly Lights screen.
Hockney said of his latest work: “What does the world look like? We have to take time to see its beauty. That’s what I hope my work will encourage people to do when they see it on the large screens.”
David Hockney’s Remember you cannot look at the sun or death for very long will be screened on Piccadilly Lights screen at 20:01, the CIRCA.ART website will also stream Hockney’s sunrise every evening at 20:21 BST.
Still from “Remember you cannot look at the sun or death for very long” 2020
© David Hockney
The nightmare you can’t wake up from
Having just picked up an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at last weekend’s awards, Travon Free’s Two Distant Strangers encapsulates the perpetuating horror of racial police violence in 32 unforgettable minutes. The film’s premise is simple: what if the same person was trying to kill you everyday, no matter what you did, in a time loop you couldn’t escape?
This scenario is dramatised as the recurring nightmare of Carter James (excellently played by Joey Bada$$), but for Black people across America it is a daily reality. Cinematographer Jessica Young captures the repeating events with a frenetic sense of fear and madness, Free’s screenplay is sharp in all the right places and suddenly the struggles of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day seem embarrassingly trivial.
Two Distant Strangers is available on Netflix.
Two Distant Strangers by Travon Free, 2020
Cover me in breadcrumbs
Having operated as a delivery-only spot since last summer, the team behind Schnitzel Forever now have their own bricks-and-mortar set-up on Stoke Newington’s boujie Church Street. Famous for – you guessed it – schnitzels, these lot mix up the breaded delicacy with their own unique style: from traditional veal to more modern takes such as seabass, halloumi and portobello mushroom versions. Once you’ve picked your schnitzel of choice, you then have fourteen delicious sauces to pick from. FYI, we like the Bloody Mary Ketchup.
Schnitzel Forever is at 119 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0UD