Over the next few years, as the opening of the new Tate Gallery at Bankside draws ever nearer, the streets around Southwark on the South bank of the Thames will doubtless be invaded by commercial galleries eager to cash in on the area's new image. A number of the shrewdest operations have arrived already, led by Purdy Hicks.
This month they are celebrating the first anniversary of their airy premises on Hopton Street with an exhibition of new work by Andrzej Jackowski. In a sense it is a multiple birthday: the gallery itself is 10 and, more importantly, perhaps, Jackowski is 50.
He was born in 1947 in a Polish Hospital in North Wales and spent the first 11 years of his childhood in a camp for refugees near Crewe. Clearly, the memory of it haunts him still and even his most recent work seems deeply tied to memories of the past.
Earlier this year, he exhibited in Poland for the first time; an occasion which prompted him to write a short text that offers a key to the complex personal imagery of his paintings: "My parents carried a card saying they were aliens. One of my first memories is of being at a table and turning the pages of stamp albums..."
"Albums and Aliens" takes its title from this memory and, like previous exhibitions, is dominated by table paintings. It is an image that he has used before, suggesting a moment glimpsed from an uncomfortable, slightly threatening narrative, but the pictures this time are a little less gloomy; more subtle; and all the more disturbing for it.
EYE ON THE NEW
David Mach's Train is unveiled by the side of the A66 outside Darlington on Monday. At 40m long (185,000 bricks) it's the largest single sculpture in the land. Plans and drawings for the project are on show at Jill George, 38 Lexington Street, London W1 (0171-439 7319) to 19 JulyReuse content