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Monkey-_glove_ Joe Biel – Lexicon   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Joe Biel at NETTIE HORN November 20th, 2009 - January 17th, 2010
Posted 12/6/09

      It’s reassuring to know that humour is still alive and well in contemporary art. Joe Biel’s current solo show at Nettie Horn is refreshing and considered; the work is riddled with a subtle deadpan dry humour that carries throughout the entire show. The casual awkwardness of the subject matter feeds into this overall atmosphere where a blending between natural and constructed vies for the viewer’s attention. The work is so simple yet so complex; When you look at the show in it’s e... [more]

46859 Gerry Judah – Babylon   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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GERRY JUDAH at Flowers | Kingsland Road November 20th, 2009 - December 24th, 2009
Posted 12/6/09

The Mesopotamia Babylon was one of the first global cities. The term “babel” (confusion set by multiple languages) originates from Babylon and the biblical story of the tower of Babel. The story goes that after the flood all of mankind spoke one language and decided to build a tower in Babylon to honor themselves, a monument that can attest to the feats of humankind. God was unhappy and dispersed everyone through the creation of language. The people could not understand each other to organize the... [more]

Shot_01-196 Another Man's Shoes   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Damien Hirst at The Wallace Collection October 14th, 2009 - November 24th, 2009
Posted 11/11/09

      I am perfectly aware that Hirst’s show, No Love Lost, Blue Paintings, opened to the public a month ago. I purposely tried very hard not to engage in this exhibition of “new” works, surprisingly to no avail. It seems like every time Hirst has an exhibition in London the entire city goes into mania. He is the artist everyone loves to hate, hates to love, controversial enough to be a household name, and everyone (including their mothers) has an opinion about his practice. To put it simply, if o... [more]

Of_nostalgia_2_72 A Stick that Bends Back   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Omer Fast at South London Gallery October 7th, 2009 - December 6th, 2009
Posted 11/11/09

      The current show on view at the South London Gallery, Nostalgia, puts the viewer in an unsettling place. I wouldn’t necessarily classify this exhibition only as a video installation, but as a conceptual art experience that deeply explores narrative devices in relation to human cognizance. The work is unsettling in terms of the ease with which one is absorbed by the videos, falling quicly and effortlessly into Omer Fast’s cleverly edited video looped sequences. One leaves completely gra... [more]

Walker_evansimage Gone in a Flash   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 11/11/09

Pumphouse Gallery Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ Telephone: +44 (0)20 7350 0523 Fax: +44 (0)20 7228 9062 Email: info@pumphousegallery.org.uk   Shake It: An Instant History of the Polaroid Nobuyoshi Araki , Rut Blees Luxemburg , Guy Bourdin , Tim Braden, Roe Ethridge , Walker Evans, Richard Hamilton, David Hockney, André Kertész , John Latham, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jonathan Monk, Lisa Oppenheim , Lucas Samaras , Michael Snow, Juergen Teller , Andy Warhol, Wim Wenders 6 October - 13 December 2... [more]

Creed_embed Martin Creed at Sadler's Wells   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Martin Creed at Sadler's Wells Theatre & the Lilian Baylis Studio October 16th, 2009 - October 18th, 2009
Posted 10/25/09

I had the great opportunity to obtain tickets to Martin Creed’s world premiere of his Ballet (Work No. 1020) being performed at the Lilian Baylis Studio. I went into this performance with absolutely no expectations and walked away with so much food for thought that I still may not have been able to digest it all. The performance was everything one would expect from a Martin Creed work: it was repetitive, incredibly pared down, immensely theatrical, and humorous. The hour-long work concentrated ve... [more]

Fergal_stapleton1 Fergal Stapleton at V22   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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FERGAL STAPLETON at V22 Contemporary Art Collection October 11th, 2009 - December 13th, 2009
Posted 10/25/09

      A friend and I made our way to the V22 exhibition space near Ridley Road Market where Fergal Stapleton is having the first of a series of solo exhibitions by a multitude of artists being showcased over the next two years in this newly acquired venue. An immediate reaction of, “What exactly am I looking at?” uttered by my friend suddenly grounded me and drew my attention to the problematic nature in having the “work” as the space. I was also a bit embarrassed that I negated to mention anyth... [more]

20070610_ydessahendeles Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 8/15/09

Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation 778 King Street West Phone: 416.603.2227     I’m going to let the secret out…well, it’s not really a secret.  Maybe the Ydessa Hendeles Foundation could be considered more of a hidden gem in Toronto that only art insiders and collectors/dealers know about. The Ydessa Hendeles Art Foundation is the brain-child of Ydessa Hendeles and has been running for the last two decasdes. She exhibits all of the art that she collects herself (funded by the real estate endeavors of... [more]

Pulp003 Made in Canada   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Marc Bell, Tasha Brotherton, Mark Delong, Barry Doupe, Shayne Ehman, Liz Garlicki, James Kirkpatrick, The Lions, Amy Lockhart, Jason McLean, Jennie O'Keefe, Seth Scriver, Peter Thompson at Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) June 27th, 2009 - August 23rd, 2009
Posted 8/15/09

Pulp Fiction is a great exhibition that showcases a uniquely North American trend in art practice which sprung out of the 1990’s and continues on to this day.  It arose out of the need for emerging Canadian talent to find spaces and networks in order to collaborate and create new work. Because of a lack of funding and available exhibition spaces, artists sought out like-minded others, self-organized exhibition spaces and created opportunity for themselves. This led to the development of a c... [more]

01 From the ArtSlant Archive: An Epic Exploration   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Adel Abdessemed, Franz Ackermann, Angela Bulloch, Mircea Cantor, Cerith Wyn Evans, The Otolith Group, Henrik Håkansson, Antonia Hirsch, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ann Veronica Janssens, Kimsooja, Jed Lind, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Josiah McElheny, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Tania Mouraud, Gabriel Orozco, Adrian Paci, Trevor Paglen, Katie Paterson, Fred Tomaselli, Keith Tyson at The Power Plant June 12th, 2009 - August 30th, 2009
Posted 8/15/09

Editor's Note: In honor of the opening of ArtSlant Toronto, we dug through our archives of Toronto reviews from the past few years. We're featuring the following review from David Yu, for its particular celebration of the Toronto scene, which remains cutting edge and experimental.   I’ve been away from the Toronto art scene for a number of years and was looking forward to revisiting the city that served as backdrop to the cultivation of my love for contemporary art. What I miss most about the T... [more]

Interview with Alexandre da Cunha  
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7/18/09

July 2009 -  London Editor David Yu had the the great opportunity to chat with Alexandre da Cunha about his residency and current show at the Camden Arts Centre. After two glasses of water and a retro recording, they talked about the humourous side of da Cunha's sculptural practice and an upcoming project in China. David Yu: The Camden Arts Centre invited you to create this exhibition in combination with an artist residency. Did you have any preconceived ideas in terms of how this exhibition would... [more]

812046-r1-13-13 Foundphotos - Absolute Gold!   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 7/4/09

FOUNDPHOTOShttp://www.foundphotos.net/ I stumbled upon Foundphotos a few years ago while I was searching the web for random images and have been a heavy subscriber of this site since. The basic premise of Foundphotos is the “found” or “stolen” photos of random people on the internet. The curator of this site goes onto file sharing programs and searches for people that have accidentally or purposefully placed their personal images in their sharing folders allowing anyone to access and download them. Thou... [more]

Cargo London's No Place without Cargo   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 6/14/09

CARGO83 Rivington StreetShoreditchLondon EC2A 3AYhttp://www.cargo-london.comTEL: General enquiries - 02077393440Restaurant – 02077497844Directions: Tube to Old Street or Liverpool Street stations (see map)Buses 26, 35, 47, 48, 67, 78, 149, 242 to Shoreditch High StreetRESTAURANT :MONDAY - THURSDAY: 12pm - 11pmFRIDAY: 12pm - 12amSATURDAY: 6pm - 12amSUNDAY: 6pm - 10pmBAR & VENUE :MONDAY - THURSDAY: 6pm - 1amFRIDAY & SATURDAY: 6pm - 3amSUNDAY: 6pm - 12am Cargo is an amazing versatile venue with li... [more]

Shaw-absence-iv-deet Iluminious States of Belief   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Raqib Shaw at White Cube, Hoxton Square May 20th, 2009 - July 4th, 2009
Posted 6/14/09

      I entered the Hoxton Square, White Cube in quite a hurry last week to be completely stopped in my tracks and absorbed by Raquib Shaw’s exhibition, Absence of God. The surface of every painting is encrusted with glittering industrial paints, rhinestones, and sequins forming intricate narrative scenes of struggle, war, chaos, and battle. The works are a visual overload; it exclaims excess with its ornamental ostentation. Every element is outlined in gold ridges with swirling reflective pain... [more]

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Paul B. Davis [Beige] at Seventeen May 27th, 2009 - July 4th, 2009
Posted 6/14/09

        I’ve always been drawn to Seventeen Gallery. The artists that they exhibit have a certain edge to their practices and Paul B. Davis’ current exhibition is no different. Define Your Terms (or Kanye West Fucked Up My Show) investigates and explores digestion of information particularly disseminated through video format, (literally for the viewer and metaphorically for the artist in one piece). Davis is known for using datamoshing as a tool to highlight and obscure/ negate videos aesth... [more]

Interview with Justin Mortimer  
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6/14/09

London , June 2009 – I had the great opportunity to meet up with Justin Mortimer over the past week to talk about his upcoming solo show at the new temporary Jerwood Space, Five Hundred Dollars.  After a few pots of tea and one retro recording, we covered everything from his controversial portrait of the Queen to his new series of work using WW1 imagery. Justin Mortimer, National Geographic, Jan/Feb 2008, 188x218cm; Courtesy of the artist David Yu: How are you approaching your solo show at Five Hundred Dolla... [more]

EXPOSE - FIRST THURSDAY  
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5/11/09

      First Thursdays are always a treat. With the majority of   east London galleries opening their doors for private views  you end up being exposed to work that you would not have been exposed to otherwise. It is also a big social affair where art students, gallerists, art lovers and art professionals congregate to check out what is new on this side of the block! With the art installed and the beer, wine, and trendy looking East Londoners flowing from almost every doorway it’s hard to not ha... [more]

Box-office Workin' Hard   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 5/3/09

Bethnal Green WorkingMen’s Cub44-46 Pollard Row,Bethanal GreenLondon E2 6NBTel:        020 77397170Email:   info@workersplaytime.netwww.workersplaytime.netTimes vary from day to day. Check out the website to see what’s on!I was first introduced to The WorkingMen’s Cub (yes, Cub… that’s not a mistake) when I attended a performance night curated by Sally O’Reilly where I witnessed male pitted against female wrestling, spontaneous mass epileptic attacks and clever multi-media performance art. The Work... [more]

Mp-ratcd-00002-a-072 Cryptic Kaleidoscopes/ Chaotic Beauty   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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David Ratcliff at Maureen Paley April 17th, 2009 - May 24th, 2009
Posted 5/3/09

          There comes a point during an initial reading of work where you create conclusions about what you are seeing or trying to access and experience. David Ratcliff’s visual enigmas sit on the fence, fluctuating between requiring semiotic interpretation or being overwhelmed by the kaleidoscopic abstraction. There is no denying the reference to a psychological investigation given how closely these images relate to Rorschach inkblots and the instinctual need to “cloud watch” your way through the... [more]

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Thomas Helbig at Vilma Gold March 22nd, 2009 - May 17th, 2009
Posted 5/3/09

        Even the title of the Thomas Helbig’s show, Viper in Bosom, conjures thoughts of dramatic ostentation. Cleopatra with poison filling her veins in the final hours of life, spread out on a chaise lounge, whilst being surrounded gloriously by her many cultural treasures. Helbig, as such, creates a present day upper crust form of ostentation through the reworking of typical decorative items associated with high society. Though these original objects may not have had their roots located... [more]

Interview with Abel Auer  
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3/26/09

London, Feb./ Mar. 2009 - I had the great opportunity to meet and talk with Abel Auer whilst he was installing his solo show at Corvi-Mora. Auer’s work is an energetic rollercoaster of elements intuitively placed, testing viewer’s sensibilities towards semiotics. The paintings have elements of the post-impressionists (Gauguin, Van Gogh), melded against a surrealist’s organization of space, all filled with a violent fluorescent colour scheme. Everything is skewed, a bit awkward, a bit out there. Ou... [more]

Sketch_purple_egg Something to Sketch About   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 3/14/09

Sketch Bar   9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG +44 (0)2076594500 http://www.sketch.uk.com If an entire day of visual stimulation is not enough … check out the one of the most  exciting bar and restaurant in London. Sketch bar is unique because of its mind-boggling and inovative décor, for example the chair that melts into the wall or the space-pod/egg-like toilets. The interiors are like installations themselves. We have all heard the phrase, “it’s like a work of art!”  The experience is a... [more]

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Richard Wathen at Max Wigram Gallery March 12th, 2009 - April 25th, 2009
Posted 3/14/09

        The awkwardness and disturbing nature of Richard Wathen’s portraits are enhanced tenfold by the intimate setting of the Max Wigram Gallery. The androgynous portraits stare confidently from colourful yet strangely muted backgrounds creating a disquieting atmosphere. Even the animals captured in Wathen’s painting, Llareggub, seem to be out of place and awkwardly arranged.  These images bring to mind the mass taxidermy arrangements à la National History Museum. Though it is known that... [more]

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Evan Holloway at The Approach W1 February 12th, 2009 - March 28th, 2009
Posted 3/14/09

    It’s great when you walk into a gallery and you are confronted with a set of conundrums that require a logical form of reading to play with and investigate the work. The relationship between what an artist is trying to convey and what the viewer receives is an interesting form of communication. It calls into question mass knowledge, semiotics, and the ability to recognize a subjective relationship with an object or form. Evan Holloway’s practice is all about playing with perception and th... [more]

Icebarphoto Chill Out and Stay Cool   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Posted 2/7/09

ABSOLUT ICEBAR31-33 Heddon StLondon, W1B 4 BN Picadilly Circus       After a long day of checking out shows in the Oxford St. area why not go and literally “chill out” in one of London’s most gimmicky bars. The Absolut Ice Bar, located at 31 Heddon St, right by the tube. Here you can sit back, relax and kick your swollen feet up on an actual block of ice, lounging during your forty-five minute time slot in a bar completely encased in, ... you guessed it, ... ice! You are provided with a compl... [more]

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Jonathan Meese at Stuart Shave/Modern Art January 15th, 2009 - February 21st, 2009
Posted 2/7/09

        Every time I think of Jonathan Meese I would like to believe that he is exactly the way that he portrays himself in his work. Meese is a mix between an insane “Art” dictator/ cult leader and an angsty death-rock teenager trapped inside a thirty-nine-year-old mans body. He is a painter, sculptor, and performance artist. His work is an amalgamation of his entire personae, his likes and dislikes, his fascinations, and current obsessions all rolled into recognizable “art treats’ for viewers to di... [more]

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Jon Pylypchuk at Alison Jacques Gallery January 9th, 2009 - February 21st, 2009
Posted 2/7/09

        I was first introduced to Jon Pylypchuk’s world at the USA Today show in the Royal Academy of Arts. He had a full room installation appropriately titled, Hopefully, I will live through this with a little bit of dignity (2005).  The diorama depicted a war scene where furry humanoid creatures assemble to “cope” at base camp recouping after battle. For his third solo show at Alison Jacques, Pylypchuk has created another full room installation accompanied by new mixed media paneled paint... [more]

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