Here are my visual arts picks from around the UK for March. Written for Culture24.
Richard Hamilton â€“ Modern Moral Matters, Serpentine Gallery, London
60 years after his first solo show, Richard Hamilton is still making loaded images. His show at Serpentine is a mixed media commentary on conflict in Northern Ireland, the Middle East and Vietnam. Itâ€™s not a retrospective so much as a political demo.
Jordan Baseman â€“ The Most Powerful Weapon in this World, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead
Taking candid interviews as his starting point, Jordan Baseman makes video art sound as compelling as it looks. Three pieces comprise this show by the American-born artist with themes ranging from gangsterism to gay rights via herb collecting.
Nicholas Hedges â€“ Mine the Mountain, Surface Gallery, Nottingham
This show may serve as an introduction to the term ‘dark tourist’, as Nicholas Hedges visits sites of genocide and massacre. His search for a personal connections leads him to the Welsh mines, where he pays tribute to the fallen of the First World War.
Sonia Boyce: Like Love â€“ Parts One & Two, the Bluecoat, Liverpool
Making work around the theme of care has meant working with those most in need of it for artist Sonia Boyce. A residency with young parents and a collaboration with adults who have learning disabilities both result in an inspirational show.
But what of Frances Stark, standing by itself, a naked name, bare as a ghost to whom one would like to lend a sheet?, CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
Here’s a first chance for artlovers in Scotland to check out LA-based artist Frances Stark. White collages, which often take performance as a theme, also feature text by writers as diverse as Emily Dickinson and Mark E. Smith from the Fall. Be intrigued.
Imogen Stidworthy, Arnolfini, Bristol
These four recent works by Imogen Stidworthy have one thing in common, the human voice. Language is a social space in her multimedia show which listens to accent (scouse) speech therapy and a blackmarket slang known as backslang.