Liebe Im Busch- 1925
Für ein Fest gemacht- 1936
Some of the images from the excellent Hannah Hoch exhibition now showing at the Whitechapel Gallery. Her work is wonderful and clearly she was very prolific over her lifetime- the space was jam packed with her collage and ink gems. Something about her work really communicates with you- it left me feeling uplifted and inspired to make something. The film in the last room where Hoch explains her working process confirmed what I thought of her, that she seems to work from the roots upwards, sensing out a theme by leafing through magazines and papers and then building on that. It’s something that you can really see as she picks out unexpected themes yet somehow makes them work together- because she is listening what is happening around her, so understands better how things are linked. She explained that she ‘searches arduously’ after finding an image that she has an affinity with to find others that can chime with it. I think this is why her pieces are so strong, they seem playful yet also considered. They display that although she is led by ideas, she also has a wonderful eye for pattern and composition and that these can compliment one another. There is something almost like a newspaper comic strip about her collages as they are dramatic and funny, as well as being a comment on the society she inhabits. If you want something to do in London, go and see this. Get out of the traditional gallery loop and check out somewhere a little bit out of the way. Whitechapel is so interesting and the gallery space is beautiful too. You will not be hard pressed for things to do in this area and they have a great chippy on the high street too. What more could you want?