HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ANTI ART FAIR

These are just few of the artists we saw at the Anti Art Fair at the iconic Bussey Building in Peckham this weekend. Hosted by Creative Debuts, it championed emerging artists and curators behind the Nasty Women Exhibitions in London. Whilst the location, kept secret until the last moment, was not what we expected – we assumed it would be closer to Regent’s Park to drive the idea of an anti-establishment fair home –  we loved the works on show. This is our selection.   KYLE BARNES Website: https://www.kyle-barnes.com/ Instagram: @kyle_barnes_artist…

ANOTHER TIME AT FOLKESTONE TRIENNIAL

ANOTHER TIME XXI - ANTONY GORMLEY, 2013

Three solid cast-iron sculptures from ANOTHER TIME (1999-2013), a series of one hundred figures created by Antony Gormley, have been loaned by the artist to the Folkestone Triennial. Two can be found on the seafront in Folkestone and one by the Turner Contemporary in Margate. They are all placed within reach of the tide and, at certain times, are partly or entirely submerged by the water. Folkestone Triennial runs until 05 November 2017.   ANOTHER TIME XXI in Folkestone ANOTHER TIME XVIII in Folkestone ANOTHER TIME XXI in Margate

JOACHIM KOESTER: IN THE FACE OF OVERWHELMING FORCES

JOACHIM KOESTER - THE PLACE OF DEAD ROADS, 2013

Our senses collect information and process it as iconic memory for visual, echoic memory for aural and haptic memory for touch. Some of it makes it into our short and long term memory. But do the sensory receptors retain any data in the long term? Does our muscular system store information about every movement we do? The Camden Arts Centre is hosting ‘In the Face of Overwhelming Forces‘, a multimedia immersive collection of Joachim Koester‘s works spanning the last twelve years of his career. In ‘The Place of Dead Roads‘ four performers…

WILLIAM KENTRIDGE: THICK TIME

UNTITLED (BICYCLE WHEEL II) - WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, 2012

From the moment you step into ‘Thick Time‘ by South African artist William Kentridge, it is easy to understand why this new exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery holds such broad appeal. It is bold, dramatic, visionary and nostalgic, making art accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. The many children present seem to love it. The common denominators of the six large scale installations are themes incorporated in most of his works: time, space and history. The mesmerising whirlwind of theatrical compositions manages not to lose sight of the details whilst upscaling the spectacle. ‘The Refusal…

ANTONY GORMLEY: OBJECT

ANTONY GORMLEY - FALL 1999

‘Fall 1999’ is a collection of drawings somehow reminiscent of Antony Gormley’s ‘New York’ series of 1997-1998. Though the urban landscape has been stripped away and there is just one lonely figure per piece, they too revisit the interaction between human body and void. ‘Object 1999’ is a cast-iron sculpture of the artist’s body suspended from the ceiling of the Main Hall, a first for the National Portrait Gallery, eerily overseeing the flow of visitors on the escalator to the second floor. It can be seen from many angles within the gallery, reminding us to…

TURNER PRIZE: 2016

ANTHEA HAMILTON: LICHEN! LIBIDO! CHASTITY!

Whilst it might be true that the Turner Prize has become one of the best-known and most-talked about prizes in the visual arts world, we could argue that notorious would be a more befitting adjective to describe it. Since its inception in 1984, it has been awarded to one artist out of four shortlisted, allegedly in recognition of an outstanding exhibition or body of work in the preceding year. They are mostly conspicuous rather than exceptionally good. ANTHEA HAMILTON: LICHEN! LIBIDO! CHASTITY! In a room covered by brick wallpaper, like the…

DALE CHIHULY: GARDEN AND GLASS

We first came across mention of Dale Chihuly‘s work on a visit to glassblowers and their studios on a trip which took us from Helsinki to Nuutajärvi. Between 1995 and 1996, he travelled to glass factories in Finland – and then Mexico, Ireland and Italy – to brainstorm and experiment for his project ‘Chihuly Over Venice’. While in Nuutajärvi, he floated his creations on water and loaded them onto wooden boats so that they could be carried and suspended underneath bridges. This must have been the inspiration for the two large wooden boats brimming…

JANE ALEXANDER: AFRICAN ADVENTURE

AFRICAN ADVENTURE - JANE ALEXANDER, 1999-2002

The cinematic quality delivered by the flat, dull and desaturated colours of ‘African Adventure’ by Jane Alexander combined with the eerie silence of the room do not fail to unsettle. Immediately after the first democratic election of April 1994, which ended apartheid and saw the election of Nelson Mandela as president, South Africa became a travel destination and gateway for those interested in exploring the sub-Saharan countries. The tableau gets its name from one of those first travel agencies. Returning to the theme of abuse of power, central to the…

MIKE KELLEY: FRAMED AND FRAME

FRAMED - MIKE KELLEY, 1999

‘Framed and Frame’ at the Hauser & Wirth Gallery recreates a local landmark in the Chinatown of downtown LA and consists of two separate sculptures divided by a wall. ‘Framed’ is a wishing well in the form of a biomorphic, concrete, grotto-like landscape, covered with spots of spray-painted colour and cheap religious statuary and tossed coins on its ledges and niches. A secret crawlspace with a mattress, candles and condoms is revealed at the rear of the wall. The adjacent ‘Frame’ is a 9 x 15 foot enclosure comprised of a cyclone fence,…

A THREATENING NEW DIMENSION IN NUMBERS

CULTURE, ANOTHER NATURE REPAIRED - KADER ATTIA, 2015

The unconscious attribution of human traits or characteristics to inanimate forms is a built-in mechanism which enables humankind to cope with, and somehow relate to, anything new and unknown. To some extent this applies to the art world too. The projection of such human features onto drawn, painted or sculpted objects brings meaning to, and builds a connection with, a reality which may in fact not have rules or significance. The infinite number of possibilities of expression available to an artist is left barely explored as people cannot regain absolute artistic freedom once the…