On a sunny Sunday walk around town yesterday I came across John Smith’s Solo Show at the Royal College of Art. Curated by RCA MA graduating students, the show spans Smith’s film-making career from the 70s through to today.
‘The Girl Chewing Gum’, his first fully realised film, introduces Smith’s characteristic humour as he ‘directs’ the comings and goings of everyday North London life. Then ‘Black Tower’ features Smith himself and tells the dry tale of an obsession with a tower that takes over his life. The sense of drama is played up with abstract framing and zooming.
Downstairs in the lower gallery this adventuresomeness brings the tower blocks in ‘Hackney Marshes’ to life in a beautiful and exciting play of light and perspective. This rhythm comes through again in this year’s ‘Flag Mountain’ which looks over the rooftops of Nicosia to the Turkish Cypriot border. Mundane observation builds into an exquisite show of grandeur, all in pin sharp HD. A visual treat. The show runs until 13 April at Kensington Gore. Chef’s Kiss!