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CRITIC'S CHOICE

REVIEW

The photographer Graham Murrell has been much involved with architecture in the last few years, though picturing it usually in a very pared-down elliptical way. During 2001 he kept revisiting the interior of Kettle's Yard in Cambridge, with special attention to the way light fell at different times of the day or year - the result was a book called Light Spells.

During 2003 he was artist in residence at the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, where he photographed Munkenbeck + Marshall's Artist's House and sculptures in the grounds with a similar focus on detail. His photographs of Sandy Wilson's extension to Cambridge School of Architecture, stripped of years of clutter, were in AJ 12.06.03.

Now Murrell has collaborated with a ceramicist, Jane Perryman, and the results are on show at the Ronald Pile Gallery, 38a St Mary's Street, Ely, from 19 March-16 April.

Some of Perryman's work could be seen as sculpture, with its juxtaposed, delicately poised forms (above right). Murrell makes a near-abstraction of the point where one form meets another, with its smudge of shadow (above left). They should look good displayed together in a gallery which occupies a converted 17th-century house quite close to Ely's great cathedral (tel 01353 666675).

When Fred Sandback, who died in 2003, set out to install an exhibition, he could travel light - the materials for his shows would fit into a briefcase. What he worked with most was coloured acrylic yarn, with which he made drawings in space. Stretched taut between floor, wall and ceiling (or any two of the three) the yarn outlines a variety of geometrical shapes which read as planes, reconfiguring the gallery with the most minimal means. 'A hand stringing a room as if it were an instrument to be sounded, ' is how Joan Simon, curator at the Whitney Museum, puts it.

A selection of Sandback's pieces, necessarily installed by others but following his exact instructions, is at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, from 18 March-14 May (www. fruitmarket. co. uk), and to go with the show, Hatje Cantz has published an excellent book, simply titled Fred Sandback (£29.99, distributor Art Books International).

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