Keith Tyson: Turn Back Now, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, review: It is a peacockish exercise in showing off the thinking of a single human being called Tyson

My teeming brain… The phrase is from a celebrated sonnet by John Keats. It could equally well apply to the frenzied outpourings of Keith Tyson, an artist who has been sprawling across all mediums since he won the Turner Prize in 2002. This exhibition at the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings shows off 360 of his studio wall drawings. They come at you hugged-mugger, tight-compacted, in long rows and high stackings, for maximum physical impact. The entire enterprise is a peacockish exercise in showing off the thinking of a single human being called Tyson in all its raw, rapidly transcribed form. Tyson’s brain moves in all directions at once, from cosmology to physics, from chemistry to philosophy. There is nothing that he is not thinking about, and he is thinking all the time. And if this is indeed the case – as it clearly is – what can one do other than pour it all out in a…

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