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Crazee Golf

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The playful tendencies of art are often figured in terms of cerebral pursuits, yet Oona and Teresa Grimes's new show at the bijou Tintype gallery celebrates a humbler and more democratic game: the wacky world of crazy golf. 'Bagatelle, The Jump, Egyptian Pyramids…'; a microcosm of variety is invoked by the voiceover to Tony Grisoni's film 'Rachel Weisz & A Quantum of Golf', a yarn in the spirit of Italo Calvino.

Literary references abound, not least in Clunie Reid's use of hacked-up copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' as fiendish obstacles. Dorothy meets Donald Judd (rather than the Wizard of Oz) in Sarah Woodfine's work, while 'Alice in Wonderland' is the subject of Oona Grimes's exquisitely drawn pack of cards 'Alice's Holes'. There's also straightforward storytelling: Jordan Baseman's 'The First Alcoholic', about a former 'putt-putt miniature golf champion', is written in a style so hardboiled it makes James Ellroy seem verbose.

Those blighted by memories of dilapidated courses in seaside resorts can take solace in William Cobbing's photographs of crumbling hazards and bunkers returning to the earth. Their sedimentary layering resonates with Jo Addison's 'Think-thing (Rainbow)', a bowed shape seemingly made of clay, and its mute companion, 'Drawing (Holes)'. Other relationships are also pleasingly thoughtful. From the gallery landing you can see a triangular red flag on the flat roof below, fluorescent balls scattered around it, the result of Joby Williamson's invitation to whack one through a hole at the top of the rear window.

Richard Wentworth's piece 'Flightpath' occupies the pane below: black silicone discs, squashed in vitro, suggest at first swings gone awry from Williamson's putter, then gradually resolve into mysterious overlays for the sky – perhaps a reminder that while you may be concentrating on the ball at your feet you should still keep one eye on the horizon.


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