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HOLLYWOOD RE-LOADED BY TERRY O’NEILL AND BRAN SYMONDSON

HOFA Gallery
58 Maddox Street
Mayfair
London
W1S 1AY

1st – 14th October, 2019 (10am – 7pm daily)


HOFA Gallery presents Terry O’Neill CBE and Bran Symondson, two hugely accomplished, and ground-breaking photographers from different eras, in a collaboration of a provocative new collection aptly called ‘Hollywood Re-loaded’.

‘Hollywood Re-loaded’ is a bold and brash reinvention of Terry O’Neill’s portraits of Hollywood icons posing with guns. Portraits of stars like Michael Caine, Brigitte Bardot and Roger Moore, each with sleek firearm in hand, are pockmarked by bullets fired by ex-Special Forces turned artist and reportage photographer, Bran Symondson, using the same gun as in each portrait. Guns and the violence they symbolise become subjects, displacing Hollywood stars and the glorified ethos they mediate as well as create.

‘Hollywood Re-loaded’ also represents an artistic intrusion of the debate on gun violence into the world of photographic art. Here, both artists courageously depart from their artistic comfort zones. Terry’s black and white portraits of Hollywood stars, as beautiful and as memorable as ever, become readymade canvases for Bran’s act of embellishment which unfolds in two symbolic steps. The first, a literal rupturing of outdated fantasies of modern gun-inspired chivalry, and the second, a healing and metamorphosis, personified by fantastical blooms of butterflies.

This collection dares to explore the rebound of our painful reckonings with gun violence on Hollywood. It also reaches for the positive changes, real and imagined, arising from passionate and reasoned efforts to address this menace. Bran’s artistic commitment to ‘turning something of fear and loathing into something of beauty’ shines through in ‘Hollywood Re-loaded’. However, it is a payoff that lies beyond a shocking confrontation with the destruction and irreverence of bullets.

Terry O’Neill says about the forthcoming exhibition “What Bran has done with my photographs is astounding.  He’s taken such time and consideration when creating his art – he really has transformed my photographs into something entirely his own.   It’s been a thrill for me to work with a young artist such as Bran, to listen to his thoughts and process.  And I can’t be more pleased with the results.”

Categories: All, Visual Arts




Muitos estudos para uma casa de limão

Repetto Gallery
23 Bruton Street
Second floor
London
W1J 6QF

1st to 25th October, 2019
PV: 30th September from 6pm until 8pm


Repetto Gallery in London is glad to announce an exhibition of Pier Paolo Calzolari’s unique project ‘Muitos estudos para uma casa de limão’ featuring 22 works Torchon Arches paper mounted onto board. Calzolari realised the artworks using salt, milk tempera, pastels à l’écu and oil pastels. Magonza will publish an exhibition catalogue with a text by David Anfam, critic and curator of Abstract Expressionism (Royal Academy of Arts, London, 2016-17) – the largest survey of its kind ever held in Europe.

Pier Paolo Calzolari (Bologna, 1943), one of the most original and intransigent artists of the second half of the 20th century, began his brilliant career towards the end of the 1960s.

A profound and refined interpreter of the poetics of the sublime – more in its Baroque declination than the Romantic one – the artist has always played and created with the force of the elements. Hence the flame, the vegetable, salt, water, tobacco, frost and ice have become his forms and symbols. In order to outline his extraordinary creativity – both archaic and ground-breaking, remote and futuristic – we might draw on the two sacred memories of Georges de La Tour and Caspar David Friedrich (fire and ice, hot and cold, black and white), reunited here in an intimate yet impossible embrace, one both real and infinite.

But in these later, new works – where salt, providing the main surface, dialogues with the milk tempera and pastel – Calzolari’s creativity manages to tap into an unprecedented pleasantness, like an extreme and lyrical melody.

Calzolari seems to counterbalance an apparent calm against his traditionally stormy, restless and experimental waters: one which in actual fact conceals great tension and a personal sense

of angst. And yet, by merit of his joyful and lively colours, the result unleashed is one of a quite remarkable tenderness, of fortuitous grace. Through this previously unseen ‘painterly’ universe, brought together in a plain interweaving of kindly and refined gestures along with a use of colour which is at the same time brilliant, energetic and humble, his previous ‘brazen cry’ – having now acquired a new level of wisdom – is transformed into a multi-coloured zen chant.

For more information, please see: https://www.repettogallery.com/artist/pier-paolo-calzolari/

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DELICATE NATURE

Burgh House
New End Square
London
NW3 1LT

Wednesday 2nd October to Sunday 6th October, 2019
Open: Wednesday – Friday & Sunday (Closed on Saturday)
Times: 12pm – 5pm


Nature’s imperfections and the captivating sight of seasons changing make for a delicate nature.  Three artists explore its essential qualities: Claudia Luque (Ceramics), Clara Hancock (Glass and Silk) and Lettie Gardiner (Painting).

Three artists explore the essential qualities of Delicate Nature.  Come and enjoy the quirks, the cracks, the singularity of things. Feel the beauty in the imperfections, because those characteristics are what make us unique and worth loving.

https://www.claudialuque.com/exhibitions/2019/burgh-house-delicate-nature.html

Claudia Luque:  
Claudia loves to work with clay as it allows her open exploration.  She is always trying new techniques, glazes and firing methods.  In this exhibition, she explores the fragile beauty of colour, shape and textures that are pleasant to our senses.  www.claudialuque.com

Clara Hancock:
Clara’s inspiration comes from her life experiences and her extensive travels.  In this exhibition, she wants to share not only her sculpture but also her rich palette of colours found in her glass and silk designs.  www.clarahancock.com

Lettie Gardiner:
Lettie’s paintings involve matters of a deeply personal nature.  Being a South African creates preoccupations that one may not have otherwise like thinking about people and justice and living in a dry country.   www.lettiegardiner.com

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Id, Ego, Superego: An Investigation of Self-Portraiture

Omer Tiroche Gallery
21 Conduit Street
London
W1S2XP

2 October to 20 December 2019
PV: 1 October 2019, 6 to 8 pm


Omer Tiroche Gallery is pleased to announce its forthcoming exhibition, The Id, Ego and Superego: An Investigation of Self-Portraiture. This exhibition explores self-portraiture through Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytical theory of personality, in order to gain a deeper insight into both the conscious and subconscious states of mind of some of the most celebrated artists from the 20th and 21st Century. By applying Freud’s theory, the show illustrates the extent and importance that the human psyche plays when artists tackle themselves as their subject matter.

Historically, self-portraiture dates back centuries to ancient Mesopotamia and was typically used as a means of reference or for educational purposes. It was not until the Renaissance that self-portraiture became a tool for self-promotion and cultivation; illustrating an artist’s ability to capture likeness, as well as elevating or highlighting their own status. This shift was partly due to the cheap manufacturing of mirrors that became more accessible and wide-spread. The ability to use oneself as a model was also economical. Consequently, an artist’s pursuit for aesthetically pleasing portraits gradually gave way to experimenting with the depiction of their own image, and self-portraits evolved into a form of self-exploration. As the artist plays a unique dual role of being both the subject and creator, glimpses of their intimate psychology are often revealed in their work.

The theory of personality is one of Freud’s most influential and enduring theories of psychoanalysis and argues that the human psyche is made up of three components; the ‘Id’, the ‘Ego’ and the ‘Superego’. The Id being the primitive, unconscious part of one’s personality that is devoid of any reality or moral compass; its only objective is to seek pleasure. The Ego encompasses rational thought and quells the Id’s irrational demands with reality. The Superego holds an individual’s moral values and understanding of social norms and strives to cultivate its ideal version of itself.

Freud argues that these three constructs are in constant ‘internal conflict’ and determine our psyche. For example, the Superego is usually at odds with the Id and aims to control its impulsive behaviour, especially those that are forbidden by society or deemed taboo, such as sex and aggression. Freud believed that creativity is powered by impulses and instincts, which are characteristics of the Id, and usually lie hidden in the subconscious but can surface through an artist’s work. Self-portraiture can often expose these elements of the human psyche subconsciously; Zeng Fanzhi’s Mask series was made throughout the 1990s during the Chinese Political Pop Art movement and represents the emotional and physical strain that the artist’s generation endured during China’s abrupt transformation from communism to a capitalist led society. A stark contrast from Chairman Mao’s reign, when artists in particular, were forced to hide their political views and identities out of fear of persecution, hence the ‘mask’. Going deeper, the Mask series can be interpreted through Freud’s theory of internal conflict and the artist’s own psychological state of mind. At first glance, the portrait conforms to the traditional composition of historical portraiture; the figure is facing out towards the viewer addressing them directly. Fanzhi’s stark and muted expression attempts to depict a neutral image of himself as a normal and conformed member of society, however, the mask itself is indicative of the façade that one often portrays in public – the Superego suppressing the Id.

One criticism that is often attributed to the Superego is that, although it is the part of our personality that aims to uphold a high moral standard, it can often instil unrealistic aims on ourselves and, as a result, the projection of a false sense of self. This is arguably illustrated in Chuck Close’s Self-Portrait, Four Holograms, 2004. Here, the artist depicts himself not only once but four times, each at different angles, clarifying his importance to the viewer as well as hinting at the various different elements of his personality. His innovate use of hologram as a medium deceptively give a sense of movement and depth, creating an illusion of physical presence. Close’s eerie portraits stare out at the viewer and can be interpreted as a manifestation of his Superego peering out from his subconscious.

Analysing self-portraiture through Freud’s theory of personality, opens up a broader and more comprehensive dialogue between the artist and the viewer, highlighting the importance and power of the subconscious. As Freud argues, it is the human psyche that drives an artist’s creativity, and that art and psychology are inextricably linked. It is through this link that our perception of self-portraiture becomes enriched.

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Art Beyond Limits

gallery@oxo,
Oxo Tower Wharf
Bargehouse Street
Southbank
London
SE1 9PH

2 to 6 October 2019, 11am to 6pm


A collective of work created by people living with and affected by motor neurone disease marking 40 years of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

This unique exhibition will feature a stunning variety of work created by artists living with and affected by motor neurone disease (MND). Each artist has specially chosen up to a dozen pieces of artwork to create a display showcasing a range of techniques, mediums and styles. All the art on display will be for sale throughout the exhibition with a percentage of the sale price being donated to the MND Association.

Doors will be open to the public between 11am and 6pm daily from Wednesday 2 until Sunday 6 October. Admission is free.

You can find out more about the artists exhibiting here as well as how to get to the gallery.

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The Post-Anthropocene

13/14 Cornwall Terrace
Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent’s Park)
London
NW1 4QP

Thursday 3 October to Friday 1 November 2019
PV: Thursday 3 October 4 to 5:30 pm
Artist talk: Thursday 3 October 6-8pm


 

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is delighted to introduce the London-based Japanese artist Naoya Inose to the UK public.

The new geological era the Anthropocene, which means “the age of humanity”, defines the epoch we live in, and it is a time of significant human impact on Earth’s geology, ecosystem and climate. What kind of influence will humanity bring to this new geological age? Is the age of humanity in fact the history of time itself?

The main work in this exhibition, Ave Maria, depicts a Ferris wheel quietly enshrined in a huge cave. This Ferris wheel left by humans is a metaphor of humanity itself and it slowly rotates, climbing up and plunging down from top to bottom. Indeed, the Ferris wheel embodies the time constraints by which humanity is bound; it just constantly repeats its circular movement.

If life and death are the motif of the Ferris wheel, the Ferris wheel in the work Ave Maria has stopped, and time restrictions no longer exist. It has become an onlooker that quietly stares out of the cave. It is as if it is expecting slowly to become part of nature without being exposed to the sunshine.

If you would like to attend the Private View, please use this link to book your place: http://dajf.org.uk/exhibitions/the-post-anthropocene-by-naoya-inose/private-view-the-post-anthropocene-by-inose-naoya

If you would like to attend the Artists Talk, please use this link to book your place : http://dajf.org.uk/exhibitions/the-post-anthropocene-by-naoya-inose/artist-talk-inose-naoya

 

IMAGE CREDITS – Ave Maria, 2019, Oil, acrylic on aluminium panel, 121 x 206 cm © Naoya Inose

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Frieze London and Frieze Masters 2019

Regent’s Park
London

3 – 6 October 2019

Thursday Preview 3 October: 12pm-8pm
Thursday Private View 3 October: 5pm-8pm
Friday 4 – Saturday 5 October: 12pm-7pm
Sunday 6 October: 12pm-6pm


 

Discover the world’s most exciting artists, from the emerging to the iconic.

Frieze London features more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries. View and buy art from over 1,000 of today’s leading artists, and experience the fair’s critically acclaimed curated sections and Talks programme.

Frieze Masters features more than 130 leading modern and historical galleries from around the world, showcasing art from the ancient era and Old Masters to the late 20th century

Buy tickets at frieze.com

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Instagram: @friezeartfair

Twitter: @FriezeArtFair

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Contemporealism

The Brick Lane Gallery
216 Brick Lane
London
E1 6SA

3rd October to 6th October, 2019


From 3rd – 6th October, 2019, The Brick Lane Gallery, East London will present Contemporealism, an exhibition of hyperrealistic works of art by Ken Nwadiogbu. Featuring over 25 original works of charcoal and acrylic on canvas and his first limited edition print release, the show marks the first solo exhibition by the fast rising Nigerian artist.

Nwadiogbu documents, evaluates, interrogates and challenges socio-political structures and issues with the aim of giving a voice to the voiceless –speaking on behalf of those who cannot be heard. As a result of his art activism, Nwadiogbu creates realistic imagery and employs elements of contemporary art to create illusion of form and space to tackle these issues he sees and experiences in his home country.

Working primarily with charcoal, acrylic and collage, the artist’s work trigger an intense emotional connection with viewers. Conceptualized by his desire to create social change, he debuts new body of work in Contemporealism and re-enforces the ills within the African society, while inviting viewers to ponder and question commonly accepted socio-political norms and structures.

Speaking on the show, Nwadiogbu said: “This show is to introduce my pioneered style CONTEMPOREALISM, and present over 5 years of art practice for me. The viewers can hope to encounter rushes of emotions sparked by the storytelling in each piece.”

By creating hyperrealistic drawings that address African issues, Nwadiogbu is able to firmly situate and make more visible Africans and even those in diaspora, within the context of broader issues affecting their day to day lives. Through each work, he able to engage with his viewers while changing narratives one piece at a time.

Born in 1994, Ken Nwadiogbu, popularly known as KenArt, is a Nigerian multidisciplinary artist and the pioneer of ‘Contemporealism’ –a fusion that is primarily centered on Hyper-Realism and Contemporary art.

Inspired by his desire to change his society and the way people think, Nwadiogbu’s art explores nagging issues like gender equality, African cultures, and Black power are a few aspects of his current research and artistic practice.

The artist has featured in local and international group exhibitions and fairs including Art X, Insanity, It’s not Furniture, Finding your Identity, Artyrama Art Exhibition, Empowerment Exhibition, Generation Y, Moniker Art Fair, Afriuture, LAX-SFO, In the Making, LAX-MSY and so on.

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Sunday Art Fair 2019

Ambika P3
University of Westminster
School of Engineering
33 Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5LS

Thursday 3 October (6-9pm) to Sunday 6 October (12-8pm)


Sunday Art Fair, London’s international contemporary art fair for young galleries and artists, returns from 3–6 October, 2019 with a selection of 30 galleries from over 20 cities. Marking its 10th anniversary, the fair will affirm its engagement and support of newly established galleries and emerging artists. The selected exhibitors, 16 of which will be participating for the first time, will take over the 14,000-square-foot concrete space of Ambika P3, located in the University of Westminster’s School of Engineering through a curated presentation of solo projects and group shows.

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WHO IS INSIDE

Old Street Gallery
62 Paul Street
Hackney
London
EC2A 4NA

4 October to 10 October, 2019
PV: 4 October, 6pm to 9pm


 

Yanfei has created a compelling world through a series of engaging paintings. The corners, corridors and empty rooms are, perhaps, metaphors for a state of mind and for all of their sense of desolation, they are intimately concerned with human experience.

— Geraint Evans, Course Leader MA Painting, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL

 

The old street gallery is pleased to present WHO IS INSIDE, a solo exhibition of Yanfei Chen, featuring 19 artworks, including 13 oil paintings, 3 poems, and 3 artworks in comprehensive materials made in 2018 and 2019. The exhibition will take place on 4th-10th October, 2019.

WHO IS INSIDE leads the audience to the utopian space imagined by the artist, to explore the relationship between human and interior space. The word “inside” contains dual meanings, indicating the physical interior space as well as the inner-self, where fear, anxiety, and invisible repression converge.

Following Gaston Bachelard’s notion of space, “it is not a container, rather a dwelling place of human consciousness”, Yanfei looks into the meanings of emotional spaces through painting. The contrast between the unsettling real life and the stability of the interiors depicted discloses the conflicts, generating discomforts, confusions, and loneliness. Yanfei transformed her psychological sensations by depicting abnormal objects in the familiar interior spaces or objects in erratic compositions: a crow standing on a mattress, a rock on the dining table, or a sofa in a strange position.

The scenes depicted by Yanfei are personal but with universal sensations. The intangible individual experience finds gestalt in the emptiness and surreality that can be shared. The audiences and the artist become connected in reconstructing memories and dreams via these interior spaces.

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Moniker Art Fair

Chelsea Sorting Office
90-100 Sydney Street
London
SW3 6NJ

VIP + COLLECTORS OPENING: Wednesday 2 October | 3pm – 10pm
PUBLIC PREVIEW: Thursday 3 October | 3pm – 10pm

Hosted by Creative Debuts

PUBLIC FAIR DAYS
Friday 4 October | 1pm – 9pm
Saturday 5 October | 11am – 8pm
Sunday 6 October | 11am – 6pm


 

Moniker Art Fair has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting contemporary art fairs with its roots embedded in urban culture.

This October, Moniker brings its acclaimed event format to Chelsea, which has for 9 years attracted contemporary art collectors in their thousands to East London. Moving from Shoreditch to Chelsea marks a year of radical change, as Moniker continues to push the narrative of urban art, and its role on the London art scene, Moniker’s reinvention in Chelsea will pioneer its future-forward outlook.

Over the past decade, the fair has embraced risks and it seeks to prove how powerfully the immersive and experiential fair format can stimulate audiences and win over the next generation of contemporary collectors. As much a festival as an art fair, Moniker has evolved since its East London foundation and the scene’s inevitable global transience means it can embrace its transient roots as it relocates.

The five day arts festival will include a daily talks and film programme hosted by The Art Conference, Live Dj’s, art workshops, immersive experiences and a selection of food and beverages.

DISCOUNTS FOR STUDENTS AND SENIORS

Students: Entry is free for students. Students will be asked to present a valid Student ID before entry.

Seniors over 65: Please use the code MNKRconcession before checkout for 30% discounted tickets. ID will be requested before entry to the Fair.

FAIR ACCESS

Children under the age of 16 can visit the fair free of charge.

We apologise in advance, but wheelchair access is not available to the lower floors due to venue restrictions. Wheelchair users can freely navigate the ground floor of the fair.

Well behaved leashed pets are welcome on site.

Categories: All, Visual Arts




Betwixt and Between

Arthouse1
45 Grange Road
London
SE1 3BH

4th October  to 26th October 2019
Open every Thursday to Sunday: 3pm – 7pm or by appointment: M. 077131 89249
Artists Talk – Saturday 26th October 4 – 6pm


The title for this exhibition is taken from anthropologist, Victor Turner’s 1967 essay, Betwixt and Between: The Liminal Period in Rites de Passage. Originating from the analysis of initiation rituals, the liminal space is transitional; existing between two states, a threshold at which normal structures are suspended and we enter into the unknown. The term has been used to describe transitional places, in-between regions outside of determined positions. The works here explore landscapes which are both literal and suggestive of psychological or sensory thresholds—which though uncertain, contain, in Turner’s words; ‘a fertile nothingness, a storehouse of possibilities.

Curated by Benjamin Deakin and Rebecca Partridge


Image: Rebecca Partridge | Midnight Canopy, Watercolour and ink on board

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Sharon Drew | Immersion

William Road Gallery @ John McAslan & Partners
7-9 William Road
London
NW1 3ER

Saturday, 5 October 2019, 4 to 6 pm


Sharon Drew adds a visceral aspect to the William Road Gallery @ John McAslan + Partners this autumn.

With her paintings, Drew recreates the sensation of light, repetition, rhythm and movement experienced during exploration of urban and coastal shorelines.

You are invited to meet the artist on 5 October to learn more about her creative process, discuss works and browse sketchbooks.

To receive one of 15 complimentary copies of the exhibition catalogue please book your space now: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sharon-drew-immersion-meet-the-artist-saturday-5-october-4-6pm-tickets-73433781417

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Cultural Traffic Arts Fair

Old Spitalfields Market
Central Mezzanine Terrace
8 Horner Square
London
E1 6EW

5 October 2019
Times: 11am – 8pm
Free Entry


 

Cultural Traffic Arts Fair is a roving global platform hosting artists, independent and experimental publishers together with dealers of vintage books, ephemera and pop culture in venues that provide access to culture and creativity for the whole community. Each edition of the fair includes a programme of live events, readings, screenings, music and artist-led performance, and family events.

 We believe in the power of creativity as a catalyst for social change in order to develop a more open and inclusive community. Each edition of the fair is partnered with a local not-for-profit organisation that extends access to culture and creativity using the talents of the fair’s exhibitors.

 Our fair is always free for all to visit.

 Cultural Traffic Arts Fair offers an opportunity to engage in the past, present and future of pop culture. Founded in 2016 by London-based artist and collector Toby Mott, from its first fair in London, Cultural Traffic Arts Fair has grown with fairs held in, New York, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Miami and is continuing to expand its reach to new locations.

 Cultural Traffic is driven by the ethics of self-publishing, where vintage counterculture meets with current DIY practice, creating an exciting, dynamic marketplace. We are committed to championing diversity whilst establishing a platform which showcases an inclusive global community.

 We look forward to welcoming you.

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The Journey So Far – It’s All About Me

Royal Opera Arcade  (ROA) Gallery
5b Pall Mall
1 & 2 Royal Opera Arcade
London
SW1Y 4UY

Monday 7th October –  Saturday 12th October 2019
Private View: Tuesday 8th October 2019


This exhibition by artist Brian Parker is entitled ‘The Journey So Far – It’s All About Me ’ which will showcase a wide selection of Parker’s work selected form the last 10 years of daily painting. All his obsessions will be on display, people, places, dancers & life scenes. The show has been described as ‘Eccentric, unlikely and yet still defiantly reverent of the everyday, this exhibition is Parker’s launch event presenting his outstanding paintings to London art lovers’

For more information about the artist:

https://www.brianparkerartist.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/Brian.Parker.Artist
https://www.instagram.com/brian.parker.artist/
https://twitter.com/brianparkerart
https://www.roa-galleria.com/

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Comic Tendencies

Eve Leibe Gallery
30 Elizabeth St
London
SW1W 9RB

10 October – 19 October 2019 :Open Monday to Sunday 10.00 am – 6:00 pm
Private View: Wednesday, 9th October 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Gallery Tour with Lizzy Vartanian Collier on Saturday, 12th October 3.00 pm – 4.00 pm


Eve Leibe Gallery is pleased to present ‘Comic Tendencies’, a group featuring for the first time in London, Samantha Rosenwald, Oda Iselin Sønderland and Maurizio Bongiovanni. The works in the exhibition challenge the social expectations of feminine-masculing behaviours, defying rigid gender categories in an amusing light.

Appearing for centuries in magazines, newspapers and underground publications, comics illustrate cartoons, but also politics, popular culture, propaganda and subversion. While the bright colours, curved gures and storyboard format speaks to children, throughout history they have had the power to challenge the status quo, with its cartoon-like format providing the opportunity to critique and subvert reality.

Please RSVP if you would like to attend: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/comic-tendencies-registration-71706944401 

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INSPIRED TO INNOVATE

Hoxton Arches
Cremer Street
London
E2 8HD

10 – 12 October 2019
Open 12pm – 6pm daily


The AOI is delighted to present ‘Inspired to Innovate’, a new exhibition by its members at Hoxton Arches, Hackney, East London. This October, we explore what it means to be innovative in the context of illustration, asking; how can this versatile medium be stretched to its creative limits?

Demonstrating the breadth of exciting new processes being used today, the exhibition includes prints, animations, three-dimensional work, lettering, paper-engineering, and more.

Featuring work by leading experimental illustrators including Laurie Rowan, Anna Mill, Sam Pierpoint and Doug John Miller, the exhibition showcases an array of work using new apps and software as well as traditional mediums. Many of the illustrators featured in the exhibition will show work that is a call to arms to inspire those in other industries to innovate environmentally and technologically.

The exhibition features current members at varying stages of their careers. It is curated by the AOI (also known for the acclaimed World Illustration Awards), who have programmed a series of events for practicing and aspiring illustrators that delve into what it means to be innovative in terms of practice and business.

Events Programme

A Zine of Dreams Workshop with Aleesha Nandhra

Create your very own mini 8-page zine of affirmations, or your goals for the future with illustrator and printmaker Aleesha Nandhra.

Thursday 10 October, 3pm – 5pm

Member £15 / Non-Member £20

BOOK HERE

 

Anna Mill & Luke Jones in conversation with Dan Franklin

Award-winning illustrator Anna Mill will be in conversation with author and collaborator Luke Jones, and publisher Dan Franklin from Jonathan Cape, discussing their work together on Square Eyes, an epic dystopian graphic novel that took home the WIA 2019 Overall Winner Award.

Thursday 10 October, 6pm – 8pm

Member £6 / Non-Member £9

BOOK HERE

 

Artist Talk with Laurie Rowan

Laurie Rowan will give an insight into his working methods, from inspiration to concept development to completion, using specific case studies.

Friday 11 October, 6pm – 8pm

Member £6 / Non-Member £9

BOOK HERE

 

AOI Self-Promotion Masterclass

This Masterclass will look at how an illustrator can build a brand, establish an effective online presence, and importantly understand their audience.

Sat 12 Oct , 10.30am – 11.45am            

Member £20 / Non-Member £25

BOOK HERE

 

Future City: Paper Engineering Workshop with Sam Pierpoint

With the help of paper artist Sam Pierpoint, together we will build our own ultimate future city. One that’s sustainable, friendly to the earth and everything living on it.

Saturday 12 October, 12.30pm – 3pm

Member £15 / Non-Member £20

BOOK HERE

 

Character Collage Walk Cycle Workshop with Laurie Rowan

Laurie will guide you through creating your own collage character and all participants will contribute to a walk cycle exquisite corpse. You’ll receive an animation of your work as a gif.

Saturday 12 October, 4pm – 5.30pm

Member £15 / Non-Member £20

BOOK HERE

 


Image: Laurie Rowan

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Mindfulness Exhibition

Hoxton 253 Gallery
253 Hoxton Street
N1 5LG
London

11th to 17th October 2019


The Mindfulness exhibition, made by Nartwork association, will take place from 11th to 17th of October 2019 in the prestigious Gallery Hoxton 253 in London.

The exhibition challenges the artists to break down the walls of fears, illusions, superficiality to arrive at the essence of reality, to appreciate and appreciate it as it is here and now.

The groups’ exhibition welcomes artists from 11 countries and has the Patronage of Madre Museum (Museum of contemporary art of Naples), Regione Campania, Suor Orsola Benicasa University and Fondazione Valenzi.

The opening is due on Friday 11th October at 6 pm and it will be followed by a buffet of a great welcome. The exhibition is open from 11th to 17th of October at the following hours: 12 am to 6 pm. Free entry

Art Curators: Rossella Bellan, Giulia Mazzilli  and Antonietta Panico.

Artists:  Constantin Apostol – Lotsopa (Romania), Claudio Barbugli (Italy), Franco Bulfarini (Italy), Caterina Caldora (Italy), Stevan Cigaridov (Macedonia), Alina  Ciuciu (Italy), Paul      Delannée (France), Daniela   Delle Fratte “DiDiF” (Italy), Anna Di Maria (Italy), Eivor  Ewalds (Finland), Mario Formica (Italy), Waltraud Gemein (Germany), Monika Hartl  (Austria), Pia Kintrup    (Germany), Rada Koleva-Genova (Bulgaria), Erich Kovar (Austria), Benita Martin (Germany), Marta Melniczuk (Germany), Benita       Merkle (Germany), Attila  Olasz (Hungary), Maria Rita Onofri (Italy), Britta Ortiz (Denmark), Marco Randazzo (Italy), Alessio Serpetti (Italy), Elin Steffensen (Denmark), Erna Ucar (Turkey).

Mindfulness concept

For Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindfulness means -to care attention, but in a particular way “with intention, in the present, not in a judgmental manner”. To cultivate a full presence in the experience of the moment, a way to being in full, to go to the depths of things and into themselves here and now. An antidote to modern fears, fear of encountering reality in an increasingly digital way in which we become uninhabited to be here and now, always connected with another place and time, where you feel the need to show yourself continuously through social media but unfortunately just in a superficial way.

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Engendering Men’s Health with Grayson Perry

Kennedy Lecture Theatre
University College London
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
London
WC1N 1EH

14 October 2019, 6 to 8pm


Join us for a talk by renowned artist and writer Grayson Perry on masculinities, gender norms and men’s health. Grayson Perry’s seminal work has explored themes of masculinity in contemporary society, most recently through his book The Descent of Man. Following the keynote you are invited to join us for a drinks reception which will feature an exhibit of original art from the Slade School of Fine Art, commissioned to explore themes of masculinities, gender and health. During the afternoon there will also be a series of panel discussions exploring masculinities and men’s health, intersectionality and men’s health, and reframing narratives on gender, masculinity and health.

About the event

When we talk of gender, for most of us it will be women that come to mind. In global health, discussions on the impact of gender on health tend to remain narrowly focused on women’s health. But we are all gendered beings, and to understand and address the health of men, we must also understand the role gender norms and masculinities play in influencing their health and wellbeing, and often, in making them sick.

For example, in the UK, women can expect to live three years longer than men. In some countries, this gap is as large as 11 years. On the other hand, women can expect to live longer but with more chronic disease. The role of gender in driving these gaps remains overlooked.

In what ways does gender influence the health outcomes of men? How might challenging rigid gender norms improve the health not just of women, but also of men? Should the health community be paying greater attention to men and men’s health? And what can we do about it?

Join us for a series of panel discussions to explore these questions, followed by a keynote speech from renowned artist and writer Grayson Perry, whose seminal work has explored themes of masculinity in contemporary society, most recently through his book The Descent of Man.

This event is co-hosted by the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health, Global Action on Men’s Health, Promundo and Global Health 50/50. Find out more at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/engendering-mens-health-with-grayson-perry-tickets-72057906137.

Categories: All, Talks, Visual Arts




Igor Mitoraj – A Dialogue Between Art and History

One Canada Square (Lobby)
London

14 October to 22 November 2019
PV: Tuesday 15th October 6-8pm


 

Exhibiting in Canary Wharf this autumn, a documentary exhibition showing photographs of sculptures by the internationally-acclaimed artist Igor Mitoraj (1944 – 2014), whose works are found in public locations across some 44 towns and cities throughout the world.

Deriving in large part from the monograph “The Works of Igor Mitoraj: A Dialogue Between Art and History” by Dr Beata Klocek di Biasio, the exhibition presents large-scale photographs of publicly-sited sculptures by this artist who has been called “A Michelangelo from the East”. The photographs are accompanied by text, including the artist’s own words, which provide an insight into his life and inspiration.  Mitoraj’s work combines the antiquity of Greece and Rome with a postmodern sensibility; his enigmatic and haunting sculptures all portray the human figure, at times fragmented, hollow, and on a massive scale as well as in diminutive renditions.

Three sculptures by Igor Mitoraj have long been part of Canary Wharf Group’s permanent art collection and are located on the estate: Testa Addormentata (1983) on Bank Street, Centauro (1984) in Montgomery Square and Centurione I (1987) in Columbus Courtyard.  The scale of the pieces, which often tower over their urban or rural settings, merge ideally with Canary Wharf’s public spaces, triggering reflection in passers-by.  Di Biasio says “Ultimately Mitoraj’s public art reminds the passer-by of the roots of his or her civilisation and restores to European culture a unity on ancient, i.e. Greek, Roman and Judeo-Christian, foundations.”

The exhibition has been curated by Professor Bohdan Michalski and Dr Beata Klocek di Biasio of the Foundation for Dialogue in Warsaw and is supported by the Polish Cultural institute in London.

EXHIBITION EVENT

A private viewing of the exhibition will take place on Tuesday 15th October 6-8pm.

FREE but please contact Canary Wharf Public Art to reserve a place on 020 7418 2257 or email publicart@canarywharf.com

The exhibition will go on show in October as part of Canary Wharf’s ongoing temporary exhibition programmer.  Since the inception of Canary Wharf’s cultural master plan, the arts have played an important role in the development and success of the 128-acre Estate.  Canary Wharf has one of the UK’s largest collections of public art, with more than 70 permanent works by over 50 world-renowned artists and craftsmen.

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American History X volume III, Manifest Decimation

Bermondsey Project Space
183-185 Bermondsey Street
London
SE1 3UW

15 October to 2 November 2019
Opening Celebration: 16 October, 6-9 pm


Bermondsey Project Space is delighted to present an exhibition of works by the acclaimed artist Ben Turnbull. Entitled American History X volume III, Manifest Decimation, the show is the artist’s first since his highly-acclaimed Saatchi Gallery presentation in 2017 and extends Turnbull’s ongoing exploration of American political and social culture.

Comprised of seven large-scale collages executed in his trademark style using cut-outs from vintage American comics, the works examine the history of the ‘Indian Removal Act’ and the concept of ‘Manifest Destiny’, a belief which led to a cultural genocide of native Americans.

Manifest Decimation is a revisionist take on the mythology of how the west was won. Using cut-outs of Western comics and pulp novels – the type that showed ruthless colonisers as a necessary force for civilisation – Turnbull spins it around and makes the Indians the victors, the cowboys the vanquished.

The centrepiece of the show is a re-imagining of Mount Rushmore with Native Americans now centre stage, and, on closer inspection, the surrounding terrain is a vast battleground of comic book Cowboys and Indians.

The exhibition is the third in an ongoing series, following American History X volume II, Smells Like Teen Spirit, and American History X volume I, The Death of America, 2013.

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Art Licks Weekend

Taking place at various artist-led and non-profit project spaces across London

17–20 October 2019
Daily, 12–6pm
Preview Thursday 17 October, 6–9pm


 

The Art Licks Weekend is an annual festival that celebrates the activity of artist-led and non-profit project spaces across London. For its seventh year, the Art Licks Weekend takes on the theme of Interdependence: considering how participating projects work within a network of friendship, exchange and shared dialogue.

For 2019 the festival includes exhibitions and events programmed by 63 participating project spaces and collectives across London; working with 290 artists. There are also fifteen exhibitions from projects based across the UK who will be hosted by London spaces for the festival and this year sees the launch of the Art Licks Weekend radio station run in partnership with TACO! and RTM.

https://artlicksweekend.com/2019/

Art Licks Weekend Tours
As part of Art Licks Weekend 2019 there are four artist-led tours organised to cover the main festival areas, each taking up to 20 people to visit a selection of participating spaces. These tours are a great opportunity to talk to participating artists and curators as they give special introductions to exhibitions along the tour route. All the tours are artist-led, and tailored by each artist in relation to their practice.

Saturday 19 October, Hackney, 2-4pm. Led by Holly Graham.
Saturday 19 October, Camberwell & Peckham, 4-6pm. Led by Frances Scott.
Sunday 20 October, Deptford, 2-4pm. Led by Tom Lovelace.
Sunday 20 October, Shoreditch, 2-4.30pm (please note: this tour is longer than the others as it has a 20 minute walk within it). Led by Leah Capaldi.

Details of how to book: https://artlicksweekend.com/2019/tours/

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Eileen Cooper: Personal Space

Huxley – Parlour
3-5 Swallow Street
London
W1B 4DE

17 October – 16 November 2019
Private View: 16 October, 6-8pm
Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 5.30pm Closed on bank holidays


 

Huxley-Parlour Gallery is delighted to present Personal Space, an exhibition of new oil paintings by the acclaimed British artist Eileen Cooper RA.

The 15 new works presented fuse objective drawing from life, a new part of her practice, with the instantly recognisable, imaginative works she is known for. The focus of the exhibition is on the female figure in private and intimate spaces, expanding on themes Cooper has explored throughout her forty-year career, those of universal female experience, primarily fertility, sexuality and motherhood.

The works depict woman engaged in intimate and sometimes simple acts, including brushing or washing hair or applying make-up. Through these works, Cooper investigates the rhythms and rituals of ‘getting ready’. Other paintings celebrate female friendship, sisterhood and sense of self. All of the subjects appear confident, gazing stridently out at the viewer or at their own figures in the multitude of mirrors that populate the paintings.

Although not strictly representational, this latest body of work comes after an intensive year of drawing from life, a marked change in the artist’s process, after a lifetime of working directly from imagination. Cooper has skilfully blended this new part of her practise with her characteristic use of graphic, decisive line, flattened space and bold colour palette.

Giles Huxley-Parlour, gallery director, says:

‘As one of the country’s most influential female painters, Cooper has been a force in the British art world for many years and I am very pleased to announce our first exhibition together. In these joyous, strongly graphic pictures is encased the spirit of an artist determined to work at the highest levels of artistic dexterity, but also to produce work that speaks to us all of the universal human experience that she so voraciously absorbs. It is a powerful and compelling combination.’

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OurHaus Festival

Central Saint Martins (see details below for each event)
London

Dates: See individual events


 

‘Bauhaus Rules with Vic Reeves’ screening plus panel discussion

Screening of ‘Bauhaus Rules with Vic Reeves’, a BBC documentary challenging six graduates of Central Saint Martins to create a new work of art, design or performance, sticking strictly to rules inspired by the artists who taught at the Bauhaus. Followed by panel discussion.

Dates: 21 October
Times: 7-9pm
Address: 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA

Cost: General £10, Student/staff/concessions £5

Website: https://www.arts.ac.uk/whats-on/screening-of-bbc-documentary-bauhaus-rules-with-vic-reeves-followed-by-a-panel-discussion


 

Rethinking the Total Work of Art

CSM students will work with Co-Artistic Directors of Waste Paper Opera Company Klara Kofen and James Oldham, to share the results of a four day collaboration from critically engaging with Bauhaus theory and performance, creating a new work for our times.

Where: Platform Theatre, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA

Dates: 25 October
Times: 7pm

Cost: General £10, Student/staff/concessions £5

Website: https://www.arts.ac.uk/whats-on/rethinking-the-total-work-of-art-klara-kofen,-james-oldham-and-students-of-central-saint-martins,-ual


 

UnserHaus (Tim Meara and Lucy Alexander)

Join the Unserhaus and respond to Herbert Bayer’s celebrated Universal typeface by designing and printing a two-colour screen-printed poster, analysing letterforms and stencil cutting.

Where: The Crossing, Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AA
Dates: 25 October
Times: 10am–12pm, 12.30-2.30pm, 3-5pm

Cost: General £10, Student/staff/concessions £5

Website: https://www.arts.ac.uk/whats-on/unserhaus-tim-meara-and-lucy-alexander

Categories: All, Festival, Film, Visual Arts




HOW THE RISE OF STREAMING SERVICES AND PODCASTS ARE CHANGING AND CHALLENGING THE CULTURE SECTOR

Jerwood Space
171 Union Street
London
ES1 OLN

22nd October 2019 (7 pm)


 

We live in a world with a constant cycle of digital innovation. In the culture sector, new technologies and services are creating brand new opportunities for organisations to engage with audiences.

The stratospheric rise of podcasts has opened doors for almost anyone, and the popularity of streaming services has revolutionised how record labels find their listeners. But as such opportunities arise, how do organisations identify which digital content trends to follow?

Join Young People in the Arts (YPIA) for a panel discussion about how streaming services, podcasts and other experience-enhancing technologies are changing and challenging the way cultural organisations are creating content and engaging audiences.

We’ll be learning more about what the advent of streaming services and podcasts really mean for us all, hearing the impact they have had on how organisations are planning and creating content, and discussing how we can identify and utilise these opportunities to best effect for cultivating new audiences.

Joining us for the evening are a panel of experts from across the culture sector:

  • Kelly Harlock Classical Editor at Spotify/ co-host of That Classical Podcast, chair
  • Guy Jones Head of Curation at Primephonic
  • Philip Raperport, Commissioning Executive at BBC Radio 3 & Digital Projects

 

Tickets £8 or £4 for YPIA members

https://www.ypia.co.uk/event/listen-up-how-the-rise-of-streaming-services-and-podcasts-are-changing-and-challenging-the-culture-sector  

Categories: All, Visual Arts




Still Here

Newington Gallery
155 Walworth Rd
Elephant & Castle
London
SE17 1RS

Wednesday 23 to Sunday 27 October 2019 (11am – 6pm)
Private View: Friday 25th October 5 – 8pm


 

‘Still Here’ features the work of painters who are all working loosely within the genre of Still Life.

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Naomi Frears

Beaux Arts London
48 Maddox St
Mayfair
London
W1S 1AY

24 October to 30 November 2019 


Naomi Frears is a visual artist and filmmaker based in the Porthmeor Studios in St Ives, previously occupied by Frances Bacon. In her upcoming show Frears depicts a variety of enigmatic human forms, that simultaneously confront the viewer and appear lost in their own worlds. The vast space gives no indication of any concrete context, but possesses a certain depth that pulls the viewer in. 

 Frears sometimes describes her works as love letters, though she is not always sure to whom they are addressed. Continuously re-worked, each painting can take Frears years to complete. She describes the process of painting as ‘choosing every day to be completely lost – often happy lost.’ Frequently changing the apparent subject of a painting, Frears uses an editing process similar to that of film, framing, moving, removing and introducing new elements with paint. As a result the painting often has shadows or ghosts of previous ideas, figures, and structures visible within the painting. 

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Grayson Perry | The Handlebars of Life

Shoreditch Town Hall
380 Old Street
London
EC1V 9LT

Thursday 24 October 2019
Time: 19:30


 

Grayson Perry talks about his spiritual relationship with cycling. Venting his peeves and celebrating the joys – expect passion, cultural observation and a lot of laughs from the award winning artist and broadcaster.

“I’ve spent a lot longer on two wheels than I ever have in a dress. In this one-off talk for the charity Sustrans, I will be talking about my almost spiritual relationship to cycling and making observations about its present-day culture.” Grayson Perry

Grayson Perry CBE RA is an award-winning multi-media artist, best-selling author, BAFTA winning broadcaster and Reith lecturer. In 2003 he rose to fame as the first ceramic artist to win the Turner Prize. Since then he has solo exhibited works nationally and internationally, written and presented critically acclaimed documentaries, sold-out the London Palladium with his one-man show ‘Typical Man in A Dress’ and continues to overtake all other cyclists when going up hills.

All proceeds from ticket sales will go to Sustrans, the charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle.

Box office: https://shoreditchtownhall.com/whats-on/grayson-perry-the-handlebars-of-life


Photo credit: Portrait by Thierry Bal

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Lines etc…

1 Paved Court
Richmond
TW9 1LZ

23 October to 10th November 2019
Private View: 24th October


 

Drawing has become a metaphor for experimentation and innovation that defies any strict definition. The aim of this exhibition is to provide new ideas about the meaning of drawing, challenging unconscious perceptions of form and space. It questions how boundaries of contemporary drawing are pushed and asks questions about transitions between 2D and 3D.

The artists in this show all have one thing in common, they draw lines and it only takes a moment to recognise that lines are everywhere. How each artist presents the ‘Line’, offers a variety of interpretations. This exhibition offers an insight into their everyday processes ranging from how they contemplate, make decisions, use their tools and reflect upon their practice. Some engage with the architecture of a particular space within the gallery, whilst for others, the works chosen for the exhibition are autonomous and self-contained.

This is not a static exhibition, instead it will metamorphose during the course of the three weeks. Works will be added, replaced, previous ones removed and by the end of it will have transformed into a new exhibition.

What remains will be the idea of the ‘Line’ that connects the artists.

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Dazzled

The Print House
18 Ashwin St
Dalston
London
E8 3DL

25 October – 22 November 2019 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm)
Private view: 24 October, 6-9pm


In the shadow of the head-spinning Brexit uncertainty, this month-long photography exhibition celebrates human values, diversity and the power of friendship through ten unique portraits. Curated by Vanda Lengyel, photographed by the Orbital Strangers Project.

They say birds of a feather flock together, just as people who click tend to stick together. With this in mind, perhaps the best way to introduce someone is through their portraits of close friends. This exhibition not only tells a story about Vanda but about London and the people the city has given her. When she first arrived, London represented both the unknown and a brand new start. She has lived in many places and travelled all over the world. All of these cities enriched her life in their own way but were unable to offer everything her soul craved.

London is a different case entirely. It is complex, layered and vast in every sense and immediately puts a newcomer’s openness to the test. It probes your ability to dive into its interconnected layers and experience the hidden insights. It is the lens of the outsider that determines the extent to which they can let the experiences humble them and broaden their horizons.

“I clearly recall a long walk during my first week in the city. I was heading from Dalston to Clapham on a sunny afternoon when I was suddenly hit by the vastness of London, the extent of the unknown and the level of my isolation. The city seemed like a glossy bubble with coloured layers clinging together in front of my eyes in the sunshine. Dazzled, I was determined to become an insider. I dived in…”

Although London is not always an obvious beauty, it readily gives up its secrets over time if approached with an open heart and mind. Over the past six years, this melting pot has revealed itself to her through people and their life stories and has given her real friends. When she looks at them, she sees the stories they shared and the journey that she took, both physically and emotionally, that led her to become a Londoner.

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Deptford X

9 Brookmill Road
London
SE8 4HL

25th October to 3 November 2019
Fringe Launch Party: Friday 25 October, 6 to 9pm with after party at Artworks Creekside with DJs from Heart n Soul, from 9pm till late


 

Deptford X, London’s longest running contemporary visual arts festival, celebrates its twenty-first birthday this year with its largest programme to date.

New director Nathalie Boobis has curated twelve major projects, five of which have been specially commissioned. These will be bolstered by almost 100 fringe events drawn from the local community.

This year’s theme is Stop Making Sense, which is taken from the Talking Heads’ 1984 concert film of the same name, and was chosen by Boobis to reflect the ‘surreal, playful and unruly art as a disruption to our current political climate of hostility and division’.

Says Boobis: ‘This year’s festival builds on the success of all the earlier incarnations with an ambitious core programme, a vast Fringe showcasing the density of artistic activity happening in the area, and a community procession to close the festival.’

The festival, which will take place over ten days between 25 October and 3 November 2019, can be experienced in a range of spaces across Deptford, South East London. Last year 120,000 people saw its various exhibitions, public artworks, interventions, talks and performances connected with its core programme and since its inception in 1998 it has attracted over 1 million visitors.

This year, Deptford X is made up of the ‘Curated’ and ‘Fringe’ strands but amongst other innovations, which include a festival procession invoking worldwide carnival traditions on the final day, Boobis has added a third: ‘Supported’ which, alongside Curated, form the core festival programme. Five projects were selected by an open call aimed at BAME applicants, with the winners, who are supported financially and curatorially by Deptford X, selected by a jury consisting of artists and art professionals Hew Locke, Natasha Hoare, Teresa Cisneros, Christopher Kirubi and Imran Perretta.

The seven works in the curated programme include a film by Sarah Browne, who co-represented Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennial, and a new sculptural installation by Kobby Adi, whose work explores, amongst other things, cultural objects associated with Blackness. American artist Gray Wielebinski has created a major immersive work which uses sports as an entry point for exploring themes of national identity, desire, myth making, surveillance, hierarchies, race and gender. This work will be shown in Deptford’s Wavelengths Leisure Centre.

Meanwhile, the Fringe, which unlike the other two strands is un-juried, is made up of 94 projects by local artists, curators, galleries and arts organisations. Locations range from a painting installation in a hairdressers, a sound installation in the toilet of a bar, and the napkins of a Vietnamese restaurant, to Deptford Community Cinema, local galleries and studios, and Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art.

Boobis adds: ‘I’m really excited about this year’s festival; the artists I have chosen to work with for the Curated programme are all producing fantastic and timely work that’s very much responding to the context of Deptford. The ideas and concerns running through their work all address the notion ‘stop making sense’ in different and nuanced ways – from the need to engage more with play in order to break social boundaries in Tiz Creel’s interactive work, to the limits and complexities of language in Jin Han Lee’s paintings. Selecting the Supported projects was tough. We had 53 incredibly strong applications but the panel decided to privilege projects they felt would benefit most from Deptford X support. I think we have chosen a great selection of artists and I’m looking forward to working with them in the run up to the festival. Last year the Fringe was the biggest yet at 94 projects and we have the same number this year. It’s amazing the amount and quality of artistic production in the area and the generosity of support offered by local businesses to host art projects for the festival.’

Categories: All, Event, Festival, Visual Arts




Dark Laughter

Flint
2 Newburgh Street
London
W1F 7RD

25 October to 23 November 2019


Dark Laughter presents four New York-based artists, Genesis Belanger, Ellen Berkenblit, June Leaf, and Emily Mae Smith. Each uses imagery that might at first seem to have a reassuring familiarity, but they view it with skeptical eyes and from off-center viewpoints, endowing it with an exorbitant representational energy to assert a rueful, sometimes sardonic attitude toward the strange world in which we seem to be stranded. Their work arouses dark laughter thanks to their acerbic view of the world we share, and against which they quietly rebel.

The four artists represent three distinct generations. June Leaf (b. 1929)—part of the original Chicago “Monster Roster” along with Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, H.C. Westermann, and others—is one of the unheralded visionaries of contemporary painting and sculpture. Her work reveals the tragic aspirations and rational follies of existence. Like that of Belanger, Berkenblit, and Smith, it provokes a dark laughter. In “Dark Laughter” she is represented by painting, sculpture, and drawing. Her canvas The Painters, ca. 1975-80, presents its protagonists as a pair of
mounted Don Quixotes doing battle with their brushes.

Ellen Berkenblit (b. 1958) places her recurrent snub-nosed pictorial alter ego in an off-balance kaleidoscopically-shifting world of abstract shapes, domestic and wild beasts, and all the familiar trappings of daily life—with the exception of other people; her world is all for herself, even when it’s not quite as she’d want it. Her paintings in “Dark Laughter” expose her wry view of the body and its adornment; the simple act of applying makeup becomes a strange sort of art form when, as in her Circus of Books, 2019, a red lipstick makes for blue lips.

Emily Mae Smith (b. 1979) also uses a recurrent avatar in her stylistically diverse paintings: a broom, not unlike the one that rebelled against Mickey Mouse in Walt Disney’s Fantasia: “this very lowly thing that became very powerful when someone tried to control it,” as Smith says: a feminist revolt. Her works for this show are particularly topical, using framing devices of cartoonish hair, mouth, and buttocks to create satirical portraits of contemporary political figures and the buffoonery of their rhetoric.

The ceramic or concrete sculptures of Genesis Belanger (b. 1978) are whimsical remakes of ordinary things that conjure an eerie alternative world in which objects might be alive while the human body has been frozen in scattered parts. Her contributions to “Dark Laughter” include a handbag with a milkshake inside, a foot with a dollop of whip cream and a cherry on the big toe, and a rather alarming electrical outlet with a knife stuck into it.

The exhibition is curated by Barry Schwabsky, a poet as well as art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. His recent books include The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present (Verso, 2016), Heretics of Language (Black Square Editions, 2018), Landscape Painting Now (DAP, 2019), and The Observer Effect: on Contemporary Painting (Sternberg Press, 2019). He lives in New York.

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Victor Willing | Scratch the Wall

Turps Gallery
Unit 12
Taplow House
Thurlow Street
London
SE17 2UQ

26th October – 30th November 2019 (Wednesday to Saturday, 12-5pm)
PV: 25th October 6-9 pm


 

Beneath even the desire to change society and the need to communicate is a need, urgent in some of us, to affirm with our scratches that ‘I exist’. The activities going on in our mind – thoughts and memories – are ephemeral, disappearing when we do. So scratch the wall and step back…turn around and look again tomorrow. There it is still – tangible proof.”
Victor Willing (1928-88)

Victor Willing’s scratches are the marks of a brush. Sometimes these scratches are slow and steady, sometimes they are hard and quick. They outline specific forms and they fill in areas with modulating hues. Life-size objects and geometric shapes congregate against the backdrop of the cutting horizon line; they depict the imagined rather than the observed. In 1976, Willing experienced his first vision, a hallucinatory daydream, that subsequently proved to be a game changing catalyst that would re-route the trajectory of his work. From then until 1985, he made 28 paintings in total. While modest in number, they were ambitious and singular paintings that defy easy categorisation and that cement his invaluable contribution to 20th century painting.

Turps Gallery, in association with ASC Gallery, presents Victor Willing Scratch the Wall, an exhibition that highlights several of the keys works Willing made during these nine years. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication of Turps Spotlight #2: Victor Willing, the second in a series of artist monographs.

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Lisa Wright | Infinite Forest

55 Eastcastle Street
London
W1W 8EG

Tuesday 29th October – Wednesday 6th November 2019
Private View: Wednesday 30th October, 6.00pm – 9.00pm


Coates and Scarry announce Infinite Forest, an exhibition of new paintings by British painter Lisa Wright. These paintings result from and are informed by the figurative sculptural works in her outdoor public commission,Future Forest, a collaborative project with Tom Piper MBE, which opens on4October 2019 in Thetford Forestand marks the Forestry Commission’s centenary year.

This dramatic sculptural installation at Suffolk’s High Lodge in Thetford Forest features ten life size figures based on classical motifs and representing custodians of the past looking over our forests. They will be displayed in a series of dramatic settings designed by Tom Piper MBE (famed for the installation of Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London) which will act as a stage, setting up a dialogue between each figure and its forest environment. The installation reflects the vital role that trees and woodlands play in protecting our natural environment and the next generation’s role as custodians of our forests.

The works in Infinite Forest from Coates & Scarry are a continuation of what Wright refers to as her ‘inner landscape’ series; figurative works that embody natural landscapes, encompassing fauna, trees, sky. They draw our attention back to nature and remind us of our responsibility to protect Earth’s ecosystem.

Lisa Wright is recognised for her distinctive figurative paintings that explore the physical and emotional state of childhood and adolescence. Her work is informed by subtle references to historical painting. Abstract sensibilities are upheld by masterly draughtsmanship and painterly use of colour, liberal and seductive in its application and brushwork, enhancing the emotional impact of her often large scale works.

Art critic Lizzy Lloyd summarised Wright’s paintings in her catalogue introduction to The Unversed, 2015, by writing “When Wright cedes total control of her image and her paint, the work begins to take hold of you not by its staged loveliness but by its ineffable strangeness.”

Since completing her post graduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools London in 1992, Wright’s paintings have been exhibited nationally and internationally with solo presentations in London, New York, Hong Kong, Basel and Miami. Notable awards include The NOA Prize, The Hunting Art Prize and the 2013 Threadneedle Prize. In 2012 Wright was invited to be an Academician of The Royal West of England Academy.

Wright’s appointment as the Royal Shakespeare Company artist in residence throughout the two year period of the RSC’s acclaimed ‘Histories’ cycle of plays culminated in exhibitions at the Roundhouse Theatre as the plays were performed, and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Arts London. The work is held in many important private and corporate collections including Unilever, Linklaters and AstraZeneca.

The installation ‘Future Forest’ is commissioned by Forestry England to celebrate their centenary and has been produced by Parker Harris.

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Weave It!

Stour Space
Hackney Wick
London
E3 2PA

30th October to 6th November
Launch Party on 1st November


To celebrate 100 years of the Bauhaus, we’re bringing together performance artists, craft practitioners, visual artists and community groups to explore the legacy of the Bauhaus Weaving Workshop. This exhibition considers the legacies of crafting and weaving from modernism to the contemporary, both celebrating and challenging the avant-garde work of the weaving workshop.

The launch party will see performances by Rasia Kabir and Julie Rose Bower, as well as a chance to explore the exhibition and dance to DJs.

Exhibiting artists include:

Madi Acharya-Baskerville
Kristen Kong
Michelle House
Sarah Joy-Ford
Seungwon Jung
Majeda Clarke
Sophie Skach
Fiona Curran
Camilla Tonder

+ more tbc.

Categories: All, Visual Arts