ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/show en-us 40 Frank Gerritz - Bartha Contemporary - May 13th - July 2nd <p>Bartha Contemporary is delighted to announce two coinciding exhibitions of recent works by German artist Frank Gerritz (b. 1964) at Bartha Contemporary in London and the Sleeper Art-Space in Edinburgh. The London exhibition (May 13 &ndash; July 2) will include two new pencil drawings on MDF alongside recent drawings on paper, the Edinburgh exhibition (May 13 &ndash; June 10) will showcase a single installation of a four-panel oil paint-stick on anodised aluminium work.&nbsp;<br /><br />For the past two decades, Gerritz has applied layers upon layers of graphite using soft Faber Castell 9B pencil marks on walls, paper and, as is the case in this instance, industrially manufactured MDF panels. &ldquo;Definition of Space | Four Center Connection (spread my wings)&rdquo; the key work in this exhibition and probably Frank Gerritz&rsquo;s most ambitious work on MDF to date, evolves from a concentred composition. Two elemental forms of opposing forces, placed side by side are separated by a devising line, formulate this seminal work.<br /><br />Gerritz&rsquo;s MDF drawings render light and modulate it to such an extent that the experience is akin to moving into a sculptural space. Similarly, the artist&rsquo;s works on anodized aluminium encompass a genuinely physical experience. Here the metal support turned into a body of light, at the same time offset and articulated by dark black areas of oil paint-stick, drawn onto the cool anodised aluminium surface. In this instance composed over four panels, &ldquo;Temporary Ground I Territory I The Sleeper&rdquo; exhibited in Edinburgh is spaced precisely along its horizontal axis. The initially flat appearance of the works pulls the viewer to its sides, revealing its three-dimensional composition. The work appears to float at a carefully calibrated distance from the wall, the resulting shadow-gap further elevating the sculptural nature of the piece.&nbsp;<br /><br />Frank Gerritz has been exhibiting globally since the late 1980&rsquo;s, more recently a series of institutional exhibitions in Europe confirmed his invaluable contribution to contemporary art discourse. In 2007, the American art critic and poet Donald Kuspit called the artist &ldquo;The Last Abstract Hardliner&rdquo;, a title he doubtlessly retains to the present day.</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:06:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Takefumi Hori - Fiumano Projects - June 8th - July 2nd <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1461766538455_539">FIUMANO PROJECTS is pleased to announce MIYABI 雅: Intransigent Elegance, the second UK solo exhibition by Japanese artist Takefumi Hori.</p> <p>Takefumi&rsquo;s practice is rich and varied in its execution with gold leaf being his media of choice. Working onto a base coat of gold acrylic paint, Takefumi layers clear gel mixed with pigment followed by gold leaf. The process of cutting, sanding and scratching then begins, repeated over and over again.</p> <p>His additive layering process with gold combined with the continual stripping back and scraping away of areas of paint results in work that progressively unfolds to the viewer over time. Each layer, revealed or concealed, gives the frontal surface of the painting temporality and visual impact. These are not works to be simply glanced at, the nuances and gradations warrant a more thoughtful and pensive gaze.</p> <p>MIYABI 雅: one of the traditional Japanese aesthetic ideals. In modern Japanese, the word is usually translated as elegance and/or refinement.</p> <p>Takefumi&rsquo;s balanced and harmonious paintings can be best described as Miyabi. His fundamental understanding of composition and the way our eyes, and therefore our minds, &lsquo;read&rsquo; results in works that are not only elegant and refined but also an expansion of the vocabulary of painting. The combination of the different Gold karat grades (eighteen, twenty-two and twenty-four) enables him to achieve a remarkable depth and variety of effects.</p> <p>Whereas Takefumi affixes no definitive prescribed meaning to gold he embraces its diverse historical and cultural associations; from Western wealth and opulence to the more East Asian allusion to enlightenment and inner peace. These are references all can share and they will each have a different degree of importance unique to the individual.</p> <p>Takefumi Hori was born 1978 in Tokyo. Having completed his studies in classical and contemporary calligraphy in 2004 he moved to New York where he continues to work from his vast studio in Brooklyn. Takefumi&rsquo;s works can be found in international private and corporate collections including Westwood Global Investments, Boston; Bloomingdales, Chicago; and ACTIV Financial Systems Inc, Yew York.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:03:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Manolo Valdés - Marlborough Fine Art - June 10th - August 15th <p class="BODY"><strong>Marlborough Fine Art is pleased to present Manolo Vald&eacute;s&rsquo; first solo exhibition in the UK in over 10 years. Vald&eacute;s has exhibited with Marlborough&rsquo;s galleries for 25 years, primarily in New York, but also in Barcelona, London, Madrid, Monaco and Santiago. </strong></p> <p class="BODY">One of the most significant Spanish artists of the last century, <strong>Vald&eacute;s (b.1942, Valencia)</strong> works across drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. The exhibition brings together recent paintings, sculptures and works on paper that explore the artist's unique and distinct visual language.</p> <p class="BODY"><strong>Vald&eacute;s began his training as a painter at the age of 15 in Valencia. </strong>During the 1960s, he formed Equipo Cr&oacute;nica, an artistic team that used Pop Art to question the Spanish dictatorship of Franco and the history of art itself. After the group dissolved in 1981, Vald&eacute;s reinvented his work creating the figurative, expressive style centered on art historical motifs which he continues to be known for today. The artist lives between New York and Madrid and has exhibited extensively around the world, including representing Spain at the Venice Biennale in 1999. Major solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Guggenheim Bilbao (2002), Reina Sof&iacute;a in Madrid (2006), State Russian Museum in St Petersburg (2008) and the National Museum of China (2008) among other institutions. Monumental sculpture commissions have been completed for Madrid&rsquo;s Parque del Manzanares and airport. In 2010, sixteen large-scale bronze sculptures were exhibited in New York along Broadway and in 2012, the New York Botanical Garden&nbsp;exhibited 7 of his works.</p> <p>Using his immense knowledge of art history, Vald&eacute;s draws heavily on masters such as Vel&aacute;zquez, Rembrandt, Rubens and Matisse. He uses their practice as a pretext to bring significant historical works out of their original context and into the present. His figurative paintings combine materials such as thickly applied oil paint and hessian sacking, using a collage-like technique of cutting and sewing onto the canvas in relief. While perhaps best known for his prolific paintings, sculpture has been an integral part of the artist&rsquo;s practice since his early career. Working in wood, aluminium, bronze and iron, Vald&eacute;s&rsquo; sculptures reflect his aesthetic proposition as one of the most personal and thoughtful voices to address the history of art on the international scene.</p> <p>The works of Manolo Vald&eacute;s can be seen in numerous public and private collections including: Fonds National d&rsquo;Arts Plastiques, Paris, France;&nbsp;Fundaci&oacute;n Caja de Pensiones, Barcelona, Spain;&nbsp;Fundaci&oacute;n del Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain;&nbsp;Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Centre Julio Gonzalez, Valencia, Spain; Kunsthalle, Kiel, Germany; Kunstmuseum, Berlin, Germany; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Mus&eacute;e National d&rsquo;Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France;&nbsp;Museo de Arte Contempor&aacute;neo Internacional Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexico; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sof&iacute;a, Madrid, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; Veranneman Foundation, Kruishoutem, Belgium.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:42:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - IMT Gallery - April 30th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Get ready!&nbsp;</strong>It's time to open a new chapter... For all you fancy bookworms out there we are thrilled to announce the launch of Sluice_magazine&rsquo;s new spring issue at the gallery on the 30th of April from 6 - 9pm. Join the #IMTeam and the #SluiceCrew for fun times!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">What to expect? At Sluice_ the question is: what if we stepped sideways? What if we trailed off, or broke away out of mere curiosity? Discontinuity &ndash; in text, in art, in the world &ndash; can lead to new, formerly unimaginable creations. Sluice_magazine offers the opportunity for disruptions to take place.<br /><br />Sluice_magazine presents a collection of critical &lsquo;snapshots&rsquo; that engage with the &lsquo;what if&rsquo; of artistic creation.&nbsp;<strong>Nicole Sansone</strong>&nbsp;blows the dust off still-lifes and takes a fresh look at the genre through the eyes of the techno-savy and&nbsp;<strong>Gavin Wade</strong>&nbsp;talks all things&nbsp;<a href="http://imagemusictext.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=717ac3a27f6f239fa825da021&amp;id=4dbf4390ab&amp;e=64964bf53a" target="_blank"><strong>Eastside Projects</strong></a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://imagemusictext.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=717ac3a27f6f239fa825da021&amp;id=dfa5eb5633&amp;e=64964bf53a" target="_blank"><strong>Fungiculture</strong></a>, a psychedelic editorial collective, makes its mark on sluice__&rsquo;s debut centerfold with writing on Walter Benjamin&rsquo;s drug use and fortune-telling computers.<br /><br />Lucky you! Pick up a copy and catch our latest show by Mathew Parkin #Ibelieveinyou a new video installation following his pilgrimage to see an exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres in Belfast.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:42:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Peter Clossick - APT Gallery - April 29th 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:41:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Catrin Morgan, Irene Vidal Cal, ANNE HARILD, Amy Goodwin, Hannah Rae Alton - APT Gallery - April 29th - May 15th <div style="text-align: justify;">Cassiopeia is Hannah Rae Alton (London), Catrin Morgan (Nottingham), Amy Goodwin (Cornwall) Irene Vidal Cal (Galicia, Spain), and Anne Harild (Copenhagen). Named after a constellation in the Northern hemisphere composed of five stars, the project aims to explore and foreground the importance of research and pursuing your interests, not just for artists but for everyone. As a group of collaborators their interests are in systems of knowledge, particularly those relating to communication and architectural structures.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><em>Cassiopeia: Hip</em>&nbsp;is the second part of the Cassiopeia project. As a set of collaborators who not only share research interests but also particular research methodologies, the exhibition is an opportunity to develop new ways of communicating these to the public.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The Private View of Cassiopeia: Hip will coincide with&nbsp;<a href="http://t.ymlp69.com/uyhyaxaejumuavawmqacamsys/click.php" target="_blank">SLAM Last Fridays</a></div> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:35:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Tomma Abts - Greengrassi - April 27th - June 18th Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:24:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - IMT Gallery - April 30th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Get ready!&nbsp;</strong>It's time to open a new chapter... For all you fancy bookworms out there we are thrilled to announce the launch of Sluice_magazine&rsquo;s new spring issue at the gallery on the 30th of April from 6 - 9pm. Join the #IMTeam and the #SluiceCrew for fun times!</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">What to expect? At Sluice_ the question is: what if we stepped sideways? What if we trailed off, or broke away out of mere curiosity? Discontinuity &ndash; in text, in art, in the world &ndash; can lead to new, formerly unimaginable creations. Sluice_magazine offers the opportunity for disruptions to take place.<br /><br />Sluice_magazine presents a collection of critical &lsquo;snapshots&rsquo; that engage with the &lsquo;what if&rsquo; of artistic creation.&nbsp;<strong>Nicole Sansone</strong>&nbsp;blows the dust off still-lifes and takes a fresh look at the genre through the eyes of the techno-savy and&nbsp;<strong>Gavin Wade</strong>&nbsp;talks all things&nbsp;<a href="http://imagemusictext.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=717ac3a27f6f239fa825da021&amp;id=4dbf4390ab&amp;e=64964bf53a" target="_blank"><strong>Eastside Projects</strong></a>.&nbsp;<a href="http://imagemusictext.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=717ac3a27f6f239fa825da021&amp;id=dfa5eb5633&amp;e=64964bf53a" target="_blank"><strong>Fungiculture</strong></a>, a psychedelic editorial collective, makes its mark on sluice__&rsquo;s debut centerfold with writing on Walter Benjamin&rsquo;s drug use and fortune-telling computers.<br /><br />Lucky you! Pick up a copy and catch our latest show by Mathew Parkin #Ibelieveinyou a new video installation following his pilgrimage to see an exhibition of work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres in Belfast.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 09:22:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Sarah Crowner - Simon Lee - May 14th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Two days after the official opening of&nbsp;<em>Plastic Memory</em>,&nbsp;Sarah Crowner will be in conversation with Amira Gad, Exhibitions Curator at the Serpentine Galleries in London. During her time at the Serpentine Galleries, Amira Gad has curated exhibitions by Simon Denny (2015), Jimmie Durham (2015), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (2015), Julio Le Parc (2014) and Reiner Ruthenbeck (2014). Prior to this, Gad was Managing Curator &amp; Publications at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam where she worked from 2009 to 2014. Outside of the Serpentine Galleries, curated exhibitions include&nbsp;<em>Considering Dynamics &amp; the Forms of Chaos&nbsp;</em>with artists Angela Bulloch and Maria Zerres at the Sharjah Art Museum (2016);&nbsp;<em>Blue Times&nbsp;</em>at Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, Austria (2014-2015). She was also curator at Fogo Island Arts of the conference series that took place on Fogo and in Vienna at the MAK.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 14px;">&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:34:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Sarah Crowner - Simon Lee - May 13th - June 18th <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Simon Lee Gallery is proud to present a new series of stitched paintings alongside a ceramic tile mural and floor installation by New York based artist Sarah Crowner, in her first solo show in the UK.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Sarah Crowner draws on art, fashion, graphic design, theatre and performance to create dynamic works that recall 20th century geometric abstraction and modernism.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition title <em>Plastic Memory </em>references a term used in ceramics to describe the visual evidence of how wet clay has been kneaded, stretched and manipulated with these traces remaining apparent or &ldquo;remembered&rdquo; in the material, even once the object is fired. Whilst the title clearly relates to the ceramic medium of the new wall and floor works in the exhibition, it also neatly conjures Crowner&rsquo;s relationship to history, materials and the hand-made. She treats the past, the natural world and popular culture as a medium; zooming in, rotating, reversing, cropping, repeating, mirroring, shrinking and enlarging the familiar to engage the viewer, revealing connections between micro and macro, individual and context.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">On entering the gallery the viewer is greeted by a celadon green tile wall mural with a stitched painting hung on top. This vibrant, shimmering work sets the tone for the exhibition as Crowner questions the nature of painting, its materials and limits. A glazed-white terracotta tiled platform bisects the gallery floor, inviting viewers to walk over it to view the other paintings in the exhibition. Elevated as a false floor, the pentagon patterned tiles are at once a stage and a kind of purposeful geometric abstraction, encouraging the viewer to become part of the composition of the works. The formal echo between the tessellation of the tiles and the composition of the stitched paintings, between grout and seams, further establishes a relationship between the floor and wall, situating the viewer at the heart of the installation. The tile pattern is based on a pentagon with five different length sides, (recently discovered by mathematicians), which can only repeat when the tile is matched with its mirror. The two reflecting tiles suggest an open book, butterfly wings, or leaf-like panels and beautifully illustrate Crowner&rsquo;s interest in systems and patterns, production and reproduction, in culture and nature.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Crowner embraces the idea of painting as object; both the painting and the tile works in the exhibition embody the experience of architecture and space, at once within themselves as objects and through their display. Each individual stitched fragment of canvas and each hand-crafted tile is a unique element, a world within a world, yet reliant upon its neighbour in order to contribute to a greater whole. These animated abstract constructions speak simply and seductively of connection, opposition, separation, hierarchy, transition and assimilation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">To create her new stitched or &lsquo;sliced&rsquo; paintings, Crowner deconstructs and reconstructs her own existing paintings, reconfiguring shapes, colours and contrasting textures and allowing the sewing machine generated seams to remain visible, like plant veins or arteries. She uses a self-designed &lsquo;curve machine&rsquo; to create arc templates on pattern paper for canvas to be cut from, before painting and stitching them to other raw canvas or linen segments. She paints sections in saturated colour &ndash; from tomato red to Prussian blue - to imply a presence, a shape, a possibility. Made from soft canvas, the paintings have a velvety surface, whilst the contrasting tiles are glassy and crisp, creating clear clacks when walked upon. This deliberate relationship to the tactile, to craft and the artist&rsquo;s performative engagement with her medium suggests a three-dimensional, physical, relationship to the image and speaks to the viewer of action and the potentiality of painting.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Witty, playful and optimistic, Sarah Crowner&rsquo;s investment in materials and use of colour as form deliberately seduce the viewer, evoking desire and reflecting her interest in how painting can engage the body.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Sarah Crowner was born in Philadelphia in 1974 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA from Hunter College, New York. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the Jewish Museum, New York (2015); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2014); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2013); WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium (2013); ICA, Philadelphia (2013); Zacheta National Museum of Art, Warsaw, Poland (2013); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013); and the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Recent solo exhibitions include <em>Everywhere the Line is Looser</em>, Casey Kaplan, New York (2015); <em>Interiores</em>, Travesia Cuatro, Guadalajara, Mexico (2014); <em>Motifs</em>, Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium (2014); <em>The Wave</em>, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York (2014); <em>Rehearsal</em>, Galerie Nordenhake, Stockholm, Sweden (2012); <em>Acrobat</em>, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York (2011); <em>Ballet Plastique</em>, Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Belgium (2011). Her work is held in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Walker Art Canter, Minneapolis.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">From 16 April 2016, her work will be the subject of a major solo exhibition, <em>Beetle in the Leaves</em>, at MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:32:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Luther Price - Vilma Gold - May 7th - June 4th Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:21:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Oliver Osborne - Vilma Gold - May 7th - June 4th Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:21:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Frank Gerritz - Bartha Contemporary - May 13th - July 2nd <p style="text-align: justify;">Bartha Contemporary is delighted to announce two coinciding exhibitions of recent works by German artist Frank Gerritz (b. 1964) at Bartha Contemporary in London and the Sleeper Art-Space in Edinburgh. The London exhibition (May 13 &ndash; July 2) will include two new pencil drawings on MDF alongside recent drawings on paper, the Edinburgh exhibition (May 13 &ndash; June 10) will showcase a single installation of a four-panel oil paint-stick on anodised aluminium work.&nbsp;<br /><br />For the past two decades, Gerritz has applied layers upon layers of graphite using soft Faber Castell 9B pencil marks on walls, paper and, as is the case in this instance, industrially manufactured MDF panels. &ldquo;Definition of Space | Four Center Connection (spread my wings)&rdquo; the key work in this exhibition and probably Frank Gerritz&rsquo;s most ambitious work on MDF to date, evolves from a concentred composition. Two elemental forms of opposing forces, placed side by side are separated by a devising line, formulate this seminal work.<br /><br />Gerritz&rsquo;s MDF drawings render light and modulate it to such an extent that the experience is akin to moving into a sculptural space. Similarly, the artist&rsquo;s works on anodized aluminium encompass a genuinely physical experience. Here the metal support turned into a body of light, at the same time offset and articulated by dark black areas of oil paint-stick, drawn onto the cool anodised aluminium surface. In this instance composed over four panels, &ldquo;Temporary Ground I Territory I The Sleeper&rdquo; exhibited in Edinburgh is spaced precisely along its horizontal axis. The initially flat appearance of the works pulls the viewer to its sides, revealing its three-dimensional composition. The work appears to float at a carefully calibrated distance from the wall, the resulting shadow-gap further elevating the sculptural nature of the piece.&nbsp;<br /><br />Frank Gerritz has been exhibiting globally since the late 1980&rsquo;s, more recently a series of institutional exhibitions in Europe confirmed his invaluable contribution to contemporary art discourse. In 2007, the American art critic and poet Donald Kuspit called the artist &ldquo;The Last Abstract Hardliner&rdquo;, a title he doubtlessly retains to the present day.</p> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 07:06:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Yoshitomo Nara - Stephen Friedman Gallery - April 28th - June 1st <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Stephen Friedman Gallery</strong>&nbsp;is proud to present its fourth exhibition of new work by internationally acclaimed Japanese artist,&nbsp;<strong>Yoshitomo Nara</strong>. He returns to the gallery following recent solo exhibitions at Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; Asia Society Museum, New York; Asia Society Hong Kong Center and Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland. Along with Yayoi Kusama and Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara is considered one of the most important living contemporary Japanese artists. This exhibition consists of new paintings on canvas, paintings on cotton mounted wood panel and works on paper.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">While Nara's work is often associated with Japanese pop culture including anime and manga, his output should be viewed through the lens of his childhood in post-war Japan. Nara was born in 1959 in the rural north of the country. A lonely latchkey kid, his early years were informed by illustrated children's books and Western music playing from the radio of a nearby military base. Following a period studying in Germany under A. R. Penck, Nara developed his trademark language and technique, creating complex characters in a deep investigation of childhood sensitivities. In his paintings, figures stare out to us wide-eyed, or smoke, swear and scowl.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Nuanced considerations of alienation, anger and curiosity are undertaken with each work. The apparent naivety of the character and animals he depicts are juxtaposed with slogans and often salty language. The contrast deftly illustrates the angst of adolescent experience. The characters are at once cheeky, vulnerable and threatening. In this way Nara's work crosses cultural and national boundaries in its examination of emotional truth, and essentially human dilemmas.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">"This solo exhibition is comprised of 'paintings' (on canvas), 'billboard paintings' (patched cotton mounted on wood panel) and 'drawings' (on paper). Upon hearing this description, most people would think that this sounds like an ordinary exhibition for a painter. However these new paintings on canvas are more painterly than other works I have shown previously. They are marked by a conscious use of colour and subtle layering, which has become important in my recent practice. In contrast to my work on canvas, I originally called the paintings on wood panel 'billboard paintings', due to their catchy and iconic imagery and the use of flat planes of colour that is reminiscent of the style often used on billboards. Although the 'billboard paintings' in this show are still evocative of this style, these ones which are rendered on patchwork cotton are much more painterly, with many layers of colour.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Drawing is natural to me. Without being conscious of the eventual audience, I usually follow my emotions and just draw. For this show I am exhibiting a series of drawings that I think of as being mental images without colour. It is probably the first time that I have shown so many of these drawings all at once. I work in sculpture and installation, but for this exhibition I became very conscious of showing myself as a painter." Yoshitomo Nara, April 2016.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Nara's work seamlessly fuses elements of western Modernism with references borrowed from popular culture. Most notably, the artist has underlined the important influence music has had on his practice. Ranging from Rock and Punk to the artist's fascination with folk and amateur music subcultures, his diverse taste has an ongoing effect on both the content and style of his work. When viewed in this context, the lyrics and slogans that accompany the subjects of his paintings can be seen to resemble album covers. In this way Nara reflects on the force that music and pop culture wield during adolescent life and the crucial role they play in forming one's identity. This is particularly pertinent in the global environment that children now grow up in, in which they are exposed to multiple influences from around the world via the internet. The result is a distinctive language that is imbued with an immediate and strangely universal familiarity.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Drawing and painting have long been concurrent and equally important in Nara's practice. In making his return to Stephen Friedman Gallery, Yoshitomo Nara's work is as fresh, relevant and affecting as ever. His re-evaluation of contemporary portrait painting has been critical in Japan and his work continues to appeal to our contemporary sensibility worldwide. In Nara's own words "If you look only at the surface, my work will not really reveal itself to you".</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Recent solo exhibitions include; 'Life is Only One: Yoshitomo Nara', Asia Society, Hong Kong Center, China (2015); 'Yoshitomo Nara Greetings from a Place in My Heart', Dairy Art Centre, London (2014); 'a bit like you and me&hellip;', Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan; traveling to Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan and Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Japan (2012 - 2013); 'The Little Little House in the Blue Woods', Towada Art Center, Aomori, Japan (2012); 'Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool', Asia Society Museum, New York (2010); 'The Crated Rooms in Iceland &ndash; Yoshitomo Nara + YNG,' Reykjavik Art Museum, Iceland (2009); 'Yoshitomo Nara + graf', BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK (2008).</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Recent group shows include; 'Hey! Ho! Let's Go: Ramones and the Birth of Punk' Queens Museum, New York, NY (2016); travels to The Grammy Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2016); 'Takashi Murakami's Superflat Collection' Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan (2016); 'To the North, From Here: Naoki Ishikawa + Yoshitomo Nara', Watari-um, Tokyo, Japan (2015); 'Go-Betweens: The World Seen Through Children', Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; traveling to Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, Japan; Okinawa Prefectural Museum &amp; Art Museum, Okinawa, Japan; and Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan (2014); 'Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950', Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C (2013) and 'Print/Out: Multiplied Art in the Information Era, 1990 &ndash; 2010', Museum of Modern Art, New York (2012).</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Nara's works are included in prominent collections internationally, including The British Museum, London; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Malaga; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Takamatsu, Japan; Zabludowicz Collection, London; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA; The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan; The Rubell Family Collection, Miami, USA; Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori, Japan; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan; Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; Leeum Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea.</div> </div> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:06:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Yusuke Asai, Takanobu Kobayashi, Kyoko Murase, Syozo Taniguchi - Stephen Friedman Gallery - April 28th - June 1st <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>'Horizon That Appears Out of The Sleepy Woods'</strong>&nbsp;brings together work by four Japanese artists: Yusuke Asai, Takanobu Kobayashi, Kyoko Murase and Syozo Taniguchi. Each artist lives and works in and around Tokyo and has never exhibited in London before. Selected by Yoshitomo Nara, the exhibition runs concurrent with Nara&rsquo;s own show. So often Japanese art is distilled through a Western lens and this provides an opportunity to connect directly with the Japanese avant-garde. As a counterpoint to Nara, who is known worldwide, the under exposure of these artists outside Japan is an important comment in itself. Much like Nara's approach to making art, these four artists reference Japanese and international art and culture in their work. Their critical understanding of contemporary issues in a global world brought these artists to Nara's attention, and this underpins the exhibition.<span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Yusuke Asai was born in 1981 in Tokyo, Japan. He is a self-taught painter whose work is inspired by folklore. Without formal training Asai honed his distinctive style by drawing from life in urban zoos. His work therefore conjures an imagined dream-like nature. In his paintings, dense forests full of imaginary animals and people are set against lush patterns that crawl across the surface of the work. The work is illustrative, and akin to the historic wall paintings of Ancient Egypt and India. Asai is well known for his large-scale murals that traverse the floor and walls, seen recently as part of his show entitled 'Yamatane' at Rice University Art Gallery in Houston. For these he uses soil as his palette; a surprisingly wide spectrum of rich browns that seem almost too vibrant to have come from the ground. The artist has also used soil in some of the paintings shown here.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Takanobu Kobayashi was born in Nihonbashi, Tokyo in 1960. Kobayashi's realism, which spans an array of subjects, is so finely painted and cleanly executed that some objects appear three-dimensional. "I want to depict existence. Everything has a characteristic attribute and that's where its meaning comes from. Once you take away the meaning, you get down to the essence. My idea is to paint vessels, people, pillows or trees, all in the same way as 'things'". Though his work has the feel of a still life, Kobayashi often paints from memory. The phenomenon of 'hikikomori' - young adults escaping from the pressures of modern society by retreating into their bedrooms - is well known. But fewer people know of 'sotokomori', a similar phenomenon where people escape abroad. There, a gentler pace of life and lack of social interaction that comes with linguistic and cultural barriers serves the same function as bedroom walls. The precise focus of Kobayashi's gaze and particular choice of still life subjects can be understood in light of this.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Kyoko Murase was born in 1963 in Gifu, Japan. "It seems as if I am depicting a moment, but the image includes multiple histories including times of doubt and uncertainty, which may indeed be a kind of entry into the work. Even if you enter the work, however, you may find that things are in flux, which can be simultaneously comforting and disturbing." Her ethereal paintings and drawings have long depicted girls. These dream-like figures, often enjoying the sense of floating or flying are highly emotive. Her technique; the use of feather light strokes of oil paint, soft colour pencil or collage with petals or magazines, underlines the exploration of femininity that pervades her subject matter.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Syozo Taniguchi was born in 1990 in Ehime, Japan. This young artist works in illustration and video, in a style that clearly takes it lead from Nara's legacy. The tales of companionship and adventure played out in his animations are a millennial investigation of ideas about adolescence and identity that Nara also explores. Taniguchi's work, like the others in this exhibition, is seen in London for the first time.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Each of the artists shown here, though diverse in their approach, works in response to an element of contemporary society: femininity, the environment, spirituality and adolescence. In bringing these four artists together, Nara showcases the diversity and relevance of under-represented Japanese contemporary art.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">"I studied with Takanobu Kobayashi and Kyoko Murase (both born in 1960) at university, though they were one year below me. While other students were experimenting with different modes of expression, they had decided to stick to painting. After graduation they continued making work and successfully established themselves in the world of painting, having developed a strong style and very personal point of view.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Yusuke Asai (born in 1981) is more than twenty years younger than Murase and Kobayashi. Instead of using paint, he collects mud from around the exhibition space and works directly on the wall, erasing the mural after the exhibition. His paintings are very free and inspired by a 'primitive life force'. For this exhibition he has made two-dimensional paintings, though he also works with installation.</div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 1.17em;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;">Then there is Syozo Taniguchi. Born in 1990, he is almost 10 years younger than Asai, and thus is still developing. He produces a vast quantity of paintings and drawings, which exude a fresh sensitivity and remind us of something fundamental in an artist's drive to make art. For this exhibition Taniguchi will exhibit an animation that was produced as a promotional video for two Japanese bands." Yoshitomo Nara April 2016.</div> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:04:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Eva & Franco MattesTor Jørgen van Eijk - Whitechapel Gallery - April 5th - June 5th <p style="text-align: justify;">Eva &amp; Franco Mattes&rsquo; work explores the ethical and moral issues around the web.&nbsp;<em>Dark Content Episodes&nbsp;1, 2, 3</em>&nbsp;(2015) is a series of videos about Internet content moderators, an invisible army responsible for removing &lsquo;offensive&rsquo; material from websites.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Purgatory</em>&nbsp;(2010) by&nbsp;Tor J&oslash;rgen van Eijk&nbsp;offers a series&nbsp;of videos where the camera records its own image, exploring how the apparatus of analogue video generates visual feedback.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Artists&rsquo; Film International</em>&nbsp;is a collaborative&nbsp;project established by the Whitechapel Gallery in 2008, featuring&nbsp;film, video and animation from around the world.&nbsp;A partnership between&nbsp;16 global partner organisations, the programme&nbsp;brings together recent works which&nbsp;are presented over the course of a year in each venue.</p> <div class="page" title="Page 3"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Eva &amp; Franco Mattes were selected for Artists&rsquo; Film International by GAMeC in Bergamo, Italy. Tor J&oslash;rgen van Eijk was selected by Troms&oslash; Kunstforening in Troms&oslash;, Norway.</p> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:58:02 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list