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

NOBUYOSHI ARAKI: ARAKI AMORE

In the wake of the tradition of ‘shunga’, a 1600s sexually explicit version of ukiyo-e, the 76 year old photographer has long been recognised for his works exploring the underbelly of Japanese society. His focus is firmly centred on the great fault line between public and private, proper and inappropriate, sleazy and respectable. The blurred distinction between art and porn has caused more than a headache to the artist and various curators and museums whenever his pieces have been exhibited in the West. Whilst in the past he has found himself criticised broadly for…

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,…