written by Ashley Elridge-Ford in London
Haunch of Venison was packed last night, both inside and out, despite the drizzle that always starts to build up to heavy downpours the weekend of Frieze. The work of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a Mexican-Canadian artist, is his first solo show in London. Lozano-Hemmer has a busy few months in London and this exhibition is testament to all of the projects he is working on here in London, as well as elsewhere. Making our way into the gallery on the ground floor are two works that are best viewed within a quieter room. We went straight upstairs to the first floor with the intention of returning later after rush hour. Ascending to the top of the stairs to the right hand side are two large black plasma screens. As you move to stand before it, a hand lifts like a flower shoot, the palm upheld. As you move from one side to the other, the hand detects your presence, and that of those around you, and turns to follow your progression like a sunflower following the sun.