ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/show en-us 40 Donald Urquhart - Maureen Paley - June 9th - July 12th <p><strong>DONALD URQUHART</strong></p> <p><strong><em>1978</em></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>9 June &ndash; 12 July 2015</strong></p> <p><strong><em>private view: Tuesday 9 June 6.30 &ndash; 8.30pm</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>Maureen Paley is pleased to announce the third solo exhibition at the gallery by Donald Urquhart.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This exhibition will consist of drawings on paper and wall along with new sculptural works. In 2012 Donald Urquhart participated in a residency as part of&nbsp;Cit&eacute; International des Arts, Paris.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Paris is a shrine to history. Perhaps that is understating things. I lived on Montmartre, itself the tomb of many martyrs who died trapped and murdered within its gypsum mines. At its foot is Cimetiere Montmartre, resting place of Nijinsky, Degas, La Gouloue, Delibes, Cadinot and Dalida. Dalida also has a bronze bust at Place Dalida around the other side of the hill. It was right there that I lived. Daily I would pass the small crowds of tourists who paused to have their photos taken as they fondled her impressive breasts for luck. Their guides would relate the story of the Disco Queen and her suicide. Strangely - or perhaps Frenchly - in 1997 Dalida became only the third woman to have a statue erected to her in France, the others being Joan of Arc and Sarah Bernhardt. This information was not something I heard from the guides. I did overhear one guide listing all the artists who died from alcohol poisoning on Montmartre and was heartened to discover that although La Gouloue had died that way it was not until she was sixty three.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>My garden was full of hemlock and nettles, an ideal home for destructive European Gypsy moths. The males would fly in and rest in my atelier, wandering over my drawings and sleeping on the cool plaster walls. They were not around when I was working on the Loie Fuller costume, which might have been a bit much for them. It is made from 35 metres of light pongee silk, two layers of five or seven circles hand-dyed in an ombre of pale rose, old gold, yellow and violet. It has been paraded through Venice and Paris, deepest Galloway, the stage of the Theatre Royal Dumfries and was last swirled in DJ Harvey's disco tent at 'Meltdown' on the South Bank. It must never be washed and I am surprised that it bears few stains.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Working with Mr. Pearl means working to the beat and swish of disco. The vintage year was 1978. The Beautiful Bend (DJ Harvey's favourite record and name of our club) came out that year. One night I think I was talking to Pearl about reincarnation - or maybe it was one of those "which decade would you have liked to have lived in" games. He said &ldquo;I'd rather be a tiny goldfish swimming inside the perspex heel of a platform shoe on the illuminated dancefloor of Studio 54 in 1978.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From the guano of history there are diamonds of disco in that year. I regarded my clubwear and salvaged scraps of disco decor as being the guano of history as they clogged up my London flat. Once I tried to chuck a load of it out when I did a Beautiful Bend party at the ICA. To my horror Les Child and Roy Brown had bagged loads of it up and bundled it into the taxi with me. "You can't throw that away. It's history," they said. When I moved to Paris I had a clean fresh break from living with my history. To my horror my friend Dean Bright sent me a package of old Beautiful Bend ephemera. History had followed me to my future! Those old stained scraps of yesteryear. Actually I was glad to have them as Pearl was thrilled to see them again. I decorated my hallway for a party with A3 photocopies of Beautiful Bend drawings along with Parisian themed work. To a soundtrack of disco I made yards and yards of black crepe paper chains. Perhaps dramatically I regarded these as giving an impression of the guano of disco decorations past that had choked my London flat, or the hand-made hell of clutter that festooned the Beautiful Bend.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="right">- Donald Urquhart, 2015</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Donald Urquhart currently lives and works in Dumfries, Scotland where he was born in 1963.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Recent group exhibitions include: <em>Xtravaganza, Staging Leigh Bowery</em>, Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna (2012); <em>Artists in Print: 21 Years of Collaboration</em>, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK (2013); <em>Freestyle</em>. <em>Perspectiva Del Dibujo Contempor&aacute;neo</em> - Centro Cultural de Cajamurcia en Cartagena, Cartagena, Columbia (2013); <em>Open Eyes = Open Mind III</em>, Concept Space, Shibukawa, Japan (2014); <em>Emotional Resources</em>, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2014); <em>Friend of the</em><em>Devil</em>, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York (2015); <em>X,</em> curated by Sarah McCrory, Herald Street, London, UK (2015).</p> <p>Urquhart was nominated for Beck&rsquo;s Futures award in 2005. He participated in a residency as part of Cit&eacute; International des Arts, Paris in 2012.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Selected solo publications include <em>Vanity Fair</em>
, Four Corners Books, London, 2010; <em>A Present from the Zoo</em>, Schnittraum, K&ouml;ln, 2006.</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Donald Urquhart - Maureen Paley - June 9th - July 12th <p><strong>DONALD URQUHART</strong></p> <p><strong><em>1978</em></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>9 June &ndash; 12 July 2015</strong></p> <p><strong><em>private view: Tuesday 9 June 6.30 &ndash; 8.30pm</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>&nbsp;</em></strong></p> <p>Maureen Paley is pleased to announce the third solo exhibition at the gallery by Donald Urquhart.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This exhibition will consist of drawings on paper and wall along with new sculptural works. In 2012 Donald Urquhart participated in a residency as part of&nbsp;Cit&eacute; International des Arts, Paris.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Paris is a shrine to history. Perhaps that is understating things. I lived on Montmartre, itself the tomb of many martyrs who died trapped and murdered within its gypsum mines. At its foot is Cimetiere Montmartre, resting place of Nijinsky, Degas, La Gouloue, Delibes, Cadinot and Dalida. Dalida also has a bronze bust at Place Dalida around the other side of the hill. It was right there that I lived. Daily I would pass the small crowds of tourists who paused to have their photos taken as they fondled her impressive breasts for luck. Their guides would relate the story of the Disco Queen and her suicide. Strangely - or perhaps Frenchly - in 1997 Dalida became only the third woman to have a statue erected to her in France, the others being Joan of Arc and Sarah Bernhardt. This information was not something I heard from the guides. I did overhear one guide listing all the artists who died from alcohol poisoning on Montmartre and was heartened to discover that although La Gouloue had died that way it was not until she was sixty three.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>My garden was full of hemlock and nettles, an ideal home for destructive European Gypsy moths. The males would fly in and rest in my atelier, wandering over my drawings and sleeping on the cool plaster walls. They were not around when I was working on the Loie Fuller costume, which might have been a bit much for them. It is made from 35 metres of light pongee silk, two layers of five or seven circles hand-dyed in an ombre of pale rose, old gold, yellow and violet. It has been paraded through Venice and Paris, deepest Galloway, the stage of the Theatre Royal Dumfries and was last swirled in DJ Harvey's disco tent at 'Meltdown' on the South Bank. It must never be washed and I am surprised that it bears few stains.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Working with Mr. Pearl means working to the beat and swish of disco. The vintage year was 1978. The Beautiful Bend (DJ Harvey's favourite record and name of our club) came out that year. One night I think I was talking to Pearl about reincarnation - or maybe it was one of those "which decade would you have liked to have lived in" games. He said &ldquo;I'd rather be a tiny goldfish swimming inside the perspex heel of a platform shoe on the illuminated dancefloor of Studio 54 in 1978.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>From the guano of history there are diamonds of disco in that year. I regarded my clubwear and salvaged scraps of disco decor as being the guano of history as they clogged up my London flat. Once I tried to chuck a load of it out when I did a Beautiful Bend party at the ICA. To my horror Les Child and Roy Brown had bagged loads of it up and bundled it into the taxi with me. "You can't throw that away. It's history," they said. When I moved to Paris I had a clean fresh break from living with my history. To my horror my friend Dean Bright sent me a package of old Beautiful Bend ephemera. History had followed me to my future! Those old stained scraps of yesteryear. Actually I was glad to have them as Pearl was thrilled to see them again. I decorated my hallway for a party with A3 photocopies of Beautiful Bend drawings along with Parisian themed work. To a soundtrack of disco I made yards and yards of black crepe paper chains. Perhaps dramatically I regarded these as giving an impression of the guano of disco decorations past that had choked my London flat, or the hand-made hell of clutter that festooned the Beautiful Bend.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="right">- Donald Urquhart, 2015</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Donald Urquhart currently lives and works in Dumfries, Scotland where he was born in 1963.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Recent group exhibitions include: <em>Xtravaganza, Staging Leigh Bowery</em>, Kunsthalle Vienna, Vienna (2012); <em>Artists in Print: 21 Years of Collaboration</em>, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, UK (2013); <em>Freestyle</em>. <em>Perspectiva Del Dibujo Contempor&aacute;neo</em> - Centro Cultural de Cajamurcia en Cartagena, Cartagena, Columbia (2013); <em>Open Eyes = Open Mind III</em>, Concept Space, Shibukawa, Japan (2014); <em>Emotional Resources</em>, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK (2014); <em>Friend of the</em><em>Devil</em>, Jack Hanley Gallery, New York (2015); <em>X,</em> curated by Sarah McCrory, Herald Street, London, UK (2015).</p> <p>Urquhart was nominated for Beck&rsquo;s Futures award in 2005. He participated in a residency as part of Cit&eacute; International des Arts, Paris in 2012.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Selected solo publications include <em>Vanity Fair</em>
, Four Corners Books, London, 2010; <em>A Present from the Zoo</em>, Schnittraum, K&ouml;ln, 2006.</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 14:55:57 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - Royal Academy of Arts - June 8th - August 16th <p style="text-align: justify;">Get ready to discover your new favourite artist as we head into a summer of colour at the RA. From painting to installation art, you&rsquo;ll find it all at the Summer Exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For 247 years, the Summer Exhibition has offered a snapshot of contemporary art &ndash; and this year promises a riot of colour, variety and discovery with over 1,200 works spilling out from our galleries.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the courtyard, visitors will be confronted by a towering formation of steel &lsquo;clouds&rsquo;, created by Royal Academician Conrad Shawcross, before Jim Lambie&rsquo;s kaleidoscopic stairs lead up to the Main Galleries.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This year, the exhibition is co-ordinated by Michael Craig-Martin RA &ndash; a leading artist of his generation and the teacher who nurtured the talents of Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst. His distinctive creative vision promises room after room bursting with variety, colour and remarkable new work by leading and emerging artists &ndash; all handpicked from over 12,000 entries.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Summer Exhibition is the world&rsquo;s oldest open-submission exhibition: its earliest exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner. With many works in the exhibition on sale, the show also gives you a chance to own some original art while supporting the historic Royal Academy schools; artwork sales help us to continue the free tuition that we have offered for nearly 250 years.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With everything from painting, printmaking and sculpture through to installation, photography and film, this is a show unlike any other. We hope you&rsquo;ll join us for a vibrant summer of colour.</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 06:57:31 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Christopher Green - Hannah Barry Gallery - June 18th - July 24th Wed, 27 May 2015 06:51:44 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Nathan Cash Davidson - Hannah Barry Gallery - June 18th - July 24th Wed, 27 May 2015 06:51:13 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - Freud Museum London - June 24th - October 4th <p style="text-align: justify;">Exciting things are happening at the Freud Museum London this summer. A century after some of Sigmund Freud&rsquo;s most revolutionary ideas reached a wider public, his final home, dedicated to preserving his legacy, is asking artists, animators and designers to represent the unconscious while inviting visitors on a unique voyage of self-discovery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Offering a combination of intriguing scientific and historical information, psychological games and engaging interactive displays and workshops, The Festival of the Unconscious will encourage visitors to think and learn about the unconscious mind and how it influences our behaviour. The Museum looks forward to debate around the issues of knowing and not-knowing, wanting to know and preferring to stay in the dark.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Festival of the Unconscious will be a season of wide-ranging and imaginative artistic and public engagement initiatives marking the centenary of the publication of Freud&rsquo;s momentous essay The Unconscious (1915). These will include talks, creative and artistic workshops, performance and participatory events, as well as inter-disciplinary conferences.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">At the heart of it all, there will be a Museum exhibition exploring the unconscious, turning the Museum into a strange and mysterious place, where artistic works will weave through the house offering insights into unconscious experience. Delve into your own unconscious through installations and works developed by Julian Rothenstein and Mel Gooding, authors of the best-selling &lsquo;Psychobox&rsquo;. Explore films throughout the house by animators from Kingston University, sound and video installations by London-based art project Disinformation, and an installation in Freud&rsquo;s study by stage designers from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. New works by art-therapist group &lsquo;the unconscious project&rsquo; will be on display in the exhibition room, while Sarah Ainslie will be display photographs offering a modern take on the famous &lsquo;Thematic Apperception Test&rsquo;. In the Anna Freud room, acclaimed artist Melanie Manchot will be screening her video installation The Dream Collector, on view for the first time in the UK.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Finally there will be the unique opportunity of reclining and free-associating on a&nbsp;psychoanalytic couch &ndash; the ultimate site of reflective engagement with the content of one&rsquo;s unconscious mind &ndash;in the room which was once Freud&rsquo;s bedroom.</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 06:49:05 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Lothar Götz - DOMOBAAL - June 18th - July 25th Wed, 27 May 2015 06:46:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list - CHELSEA space - June 24th - July 17th <p style="text-align: justify;">The African, Asian and Afro-Caribbean Visual Art Archive was established in the Library at Chelsea College of Art &amp; Design thirty years ago at a time when young Black British artists were confronting the art institutions of the day. This exhibition gives both an opportunity to investigate the records of exhibitions and associated events that challenged the prevailing orthodoxies of the time, and demonstrates the continuing importance of documenting the practice and theory of Black visual art.</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 06:45:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Larry Johnson - Raven Row - June 11th - August 9th <p style="text-align: justify;">Larry Johnson&rsquo;s first institutional exhibition in Europe,&nbsp;<em>On Location</em>&nbsp;brings together a selection of works by the artist (born 1959 in Lakewood, California) from the early 1990s to the present. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The show&rsquo;s uncontested star is Los Angeles, the city in which Johnson has lived and worked all his life. For over thirty years, L.A.&rsquo;s physical and imaginary appearance has served as the set for the artist&rsquo;s photo-based investigations of the glamour industry, replete with fading stars and premature deaths. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Johnson's work bears the marks of a generation of artists sampling readymade images and texts to create seductively laconic pictures. Yet the colourful sheen of Johnson&rsquo;s photo-based works is also a foil for sexual, political and semantic tension. The artist&rsquo;s pictures are encryptions of a Hollywood demi-monde, referring to the cultures from which his work emerges &ndash; queer, political, filmic and theoretical. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is curated by Los Angeles-based writer Bruce Hainley, and by Antony Hudek, Curator and Deputy Director of Raven Row.<em>&nbsp;Commie Pinko Guy</em>, a publication edited by Hainley with new essays by Morgan Fisher, Lisa Lapinski, Hainley, Hudek and Wayne Koestenbaum, as well as reprints of classic underground queer writing, will accompany the exhibition.</p> Wed, 27 May 2015 06:39:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Joe Banks - Freud Museum London - July 23rd 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p>The book <em>Rorschach Audio: Art &amp; Illusion for Sound</em>, by author and installation artist Joe Banks, takes as its central metaphor the comparison between the perception of ambiguous speech-sounds, and the &ldquo;projective&rdquo; interpretation of the famous ink-blot tests devised by the Freudian psychoanalyst Hermann Rorschach in 1921.</p> <p>With a nod to the model of perception proposed by Freud, Banks explores relationships between mechanisms of aural and visual perception, demonstrating a series of highly entertaining and sometimes bizarre psychoacoustic and optical illusions.</p> <p>With a further nod to ideas proposed in Freud&rsquo;s <em>The Future of An Illusion</em>, the lecture focusses on a critique of Spiritualistic and allegedly supernatural Electronic Voice Phenomena (ghost-voice) recordings, a theme wildly popular in contemporary sound installation art. Banks traces the illusions involved as far back as the artist generally recognised as the most important figure in the history of Western art, and reveals the role that relatively little-known wartime intelligence work with sound had on what is arguably the most important work of visual arts theory ever published.</p> Tue, 26 May 2015 14:45:40 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Antonio Quinet - Freud Museum London - July 1st 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <h4>The Unconscious on Stage Company returns to the Museum for three nights of their hugely successful performance about the acclaimed American poet HD (Hilda Doolittle)&rsquo;s analysis with Freud, on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July.</h4> <p>The play is based on HD&acute;s book Tribute to Freud, the letters she exchanged with Freud and her literary circle, as well as some of her poetry; Hilda, was forty seven years old when she met Freud, then in his late seventies, in 1930s Vienna. It was the beginning of a startling "love affair",, with exchanges of gifts, letters and flowers, within and beyond the psychoanalytical setting. During the presentation, the audience will accompany Hilda on her visit to Freud&acute;s residence, soon after his death in London, guided by the Narrator on this tour around the house as through the chambers of her mind. During her visit Hilda revives moments of her life and analysis, which she defined as a "free verse relationship&rdquo; with Freud. In a psychoanalytical, non-conventional, treatment, she works through her war traumas as well as her illuminating cosmic and oceanic epiphanies.</p> Tue, 26 May 2015 14:38:03 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Philip Guston - Timothy Taylor - June 10th - July 11th <p class="Default">Timothy Taylor is pleased to announce its fourth exhibition of Philip Guston&rsquo;s work, which gathers together some of the artist&rsquo;s finest paintings and drawings from the distinguished body of work made between 1969 and 1980, many of which have not been previously exhibited in Europe.</p> <p class="Default">The influence of Guston&rsquo;s work, in particular his late paintings, continues to &ldquo;cast a long shadow over the current landscape of contemporary art,&rdquo; as Peter Benson Miller acknowledges in his recent publication.&nbsp;Because Guston was one of the few American painters to &lsquo;defect&rsquo; to Europe &ndash; both by undertaking numerous residencies, as well as departing from the quintessential Postwar &lsquo;American style&rsquo; &ndash; his significance is especially pertinent within a contemporary European context. Guston not only effected key artists from a generation of (predominantly German) expressionist painters in the 1990s, but continues to have far reaching influence today, including younger artists in the gallery&rsquo;s own stable, such as Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Volker H&uuml;ller and Eddie Martinez. Furthermore, it is timely to re-consider the provocative nature of Guston&rsquo;s comic-influenced figuration.</p> <p class="Default">Guston&rsquo;s work first came to prominence in the 1950s, by which time he was an important member of the Abstract Expressionists. His enquiries into the fundamentals of painting: the importance of the brush stroke and of compositional structure, are viewed retrospectively as his most important contributions to the movement. The only abstract painting included in this exhibition, Traveler III (1960) forms part of a group of works that mark a transition towards paintings with a more sombre and ominous quality. During the late 1960s, Guston became frustrated with the limitations of abstraction and returned to figurative painting, amassing a potent language of motifs whose roots can be seen in the forms and shapes of <em>Traveler III</em>, and illustrating what Christoph Schreier refers to as subcutaneous figuration.<sup><sup><a title="" href="#_ftn2" rel="nofollow"><br /></a></sup></sup></p> <p class="Default">Following his 1966 exhibition at the Jewish Museum in New York, Guston relocated to Woodstock, New York, embarking on what would become a two-year hiatus from painting. During this time he produced endless drawings of the detritus of everyday life. On his return to painting in 1968, these kettles, clocks, shoes, light bulbs and books had entered into his visual language, becoming pivotal elements of his vocabulary of compressed symbols, which would come to define the work of his later life and are exemplified by a number of works in this exhibition.&nbsp;</p> <p class="Default">From 1968 onwards Guston repeatedly returned to his famous hooded figure in a number of paintings often named the 'KKK series'. Considering himself a quasi film director, Guston used painting as a tool to develop characters. However his narrative process also extended to the inanimate objects he depicted. Eventually these objects would replace the hooded characters as the main anthropomorphic element of his work, with Guston contending that relationships based on metaphor and discourse existed between all elements, even between two lines.</p> <p class="Default"><em>The Hill</em> (1971), one of the most significant works in this exhibition, sits at the centre of this pivotal creative epoch, and the absence of the hooded figure is hinted at through the presence of the shoe, the clock, the mailbox, the bread loaf and the knife. In Head and Bottle (1975) &ndash; exhibited here in the UK for the first time &ndash; we see the hooded figure replaced with a head, which for Guston acted as a cipher for the artist himself and the people close to him.</p> <p class="Default">During his feverishly productive final decade, Guston continued to explore how he might achieve the &lsquo;wholeness&rsquo; between thought and feeling that he remembered experiencing as a child. Body parts and objects were assembled on the canvas in non-hierarchical structures that sought to articulate the absolute essence of painting and reconcile it with his fears for what he saw to be a brutal, degenerating world. Guston&rsquo;s work is intensely personal yet universally relevant, championed within his own lifetime, and growing in stature and influence since his death.</p> Tue, 26 May 2015 11:00:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Derrick Santini - Pertwee Anderson & Gold - June 11th - June 22nd <div> <p align="center"><span style="text-align: left;">Derrick Santini solo exhibition "In Your Mind" at Pertwee, Anderson &amp; Gold gallery. &nbsp;Following on from his headline-grabbing solo exhibition &lsquo;Metamorphosis&rsquo; at SCREAM gallery in 2012, and &lsquo;I Love You,&rsquo; at Maurice Einhardt Neu Gallery in 2010, &lsquo;In Your Mind&rsquo; completes Santini&rsquo;s holy trinity of corporal and mythological lenticular exhibitions.</span></p> <p>The complicated lenticular process of layering a series of still images into one merged file and then printing onto the back of a special ribbed plastic sheet, which acts as a lens, enables Santini to give life to his otherworldly ideas. Spending last year photographing his subject and muse (Katie Keight) in various swimming pools and the Majorcan ocean, before taking the traditional lenticular process to another level by creating animated loops from the edited sets of stills, and transporting the model into various scenarios: She becomes a Mermaid swimming in the depths of the sea, a naked nymph jetting through the sky in a rainbow colored bubble, a 90s rave chick in a Soul II Soul-esque video clip, and a 70s space cadet pirouetting through the galaxy in a Kubrickian space craft.&nbsp;</p> <p>The exhibition &lsquo;In Your Mind&rsquo; will feature 14 new large-scale lenticular prints. &nbsp;In this exhibition Santini&rsquo;s imagery truly seems to come of age after embracing digital photography &ndash; formerly a film purist, with the new Lenticular body of work he has found that digital techniques give him the freedom to experiment and create moving and still images, which facilitates his exploration of technical questions such as the diffraction of light, whilst answering much more cerebral questions about birth, life, death, creation, ultimately Love.&nbsp;</p> <p>By shooting in water he has been able to continue the obsession with mythology and the human condition, that was evident in his&nbsp;<em>Leda and the Swan</em>&nbsp;and Magpie series featured in &lsquo;Metamorphosis&rsquo;, by creating a Mermaid who gives life to his new series of Lenticular prints.&nbsp;&nbsp;Santini&rsquo;s Lenticular of a naked woman with a Swan caught the attention of the Metropolitan Police when it was exhibited in the window of SCREAM gallery in 2012, who promptly requested it&rsquo;s withdrawal from the window.&nbsp;&nbsp;The Mermaid images have already caught the eye of Damien Hirst who purchased the first 3 completed works, and the mythological figure is experiencing something of a renaissance in popular culture this year with the imminent release of &lsquo;Pan&rsquo;, featuring Cara Delevingne as a Goddess of the Sea.&nbsp;</p> <p>For the new exhibition Santini has also created fetal imagery that reference birth and rebirth, trippy cubist animations celebrating the joy of life, and the &lsquo;Love&rsquo; image of a nude torso twisting and turning in an infinite loop against a black background, representing the circle of life, and Genesis &ndash; the beginning of life itself.</p> <div>Santini has carved himself a successful career spanning 3 decades as a fashion and commercial photographer, creating seminal portraits of many icons of contemporary culture including; Rihanna, Alexander McQueen, Jay Z, Neneh Cherry, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Yves Saint Laurent, Sir Peter Blake, Dame Judi Dench and Mary J Blige.&nbsp;&nbsp;He has worked with brands including; Apple, Asics, Reebok, Island Records and London Fashion Week, and his photographs have been featured in i-D, Esquire, Tatler and Vogue.&nbsp;&nbsp;He was introduced to the Lenticular technique around 8 years ago by a friend, at a time when stills photography wasn&rsquo;t enabling him to express his creativity fully.&nbsp;&nbsp;The lenticular process provided Santini with the perfect bridge between stills and the moving image.&nbsp;&nbsp;Since 2009 Santini has been exhibiting his art with solo exhibitions in London, New York and Istanbul and numerous group shows, and his lenticular prints have become highly desirable with collectors including Damien Hirst, Lakshmi Mittal, Jemima Khan and Adele.&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> </div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Santini studied photography at Harrogate College, and Photography and Communication at London College of Communication.</div> <div><strong>&nbsp;</strong></div> <blockquote> <div> <blockquote> <div> <div><span style="color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></div> </div> </blockquote> </div> </blockquote> <p>&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 May 2015 19:14:25 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Doug Aitken - Victoria Miro Mayfair - June 12th - July 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Victoria Miro is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by Doug Aitken at the Mayfair gallery.&nbsp;This specific constellation of five key works has been conceived for the gallery by the artist, and deals with contemporary ideas of time through the use of sound, touch, light and reflectivity; with each work existing in a zone between abstraction and representation. At the core of the exhibition is&nbsp;<em>Eyes closed, wide awake</em><em>(Sonic Fountain II)</em>, 2014, a free-standing sonic sculpture which combines water and sound to create an optical and auditory experience.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This summer marks a significant moment in the American artist's career, with two important European institutions celebrating his work:&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.artslant.com/lon/events/show/384435-station-to-station-a-30-day-happening" target="_blank">Station to Station</a>&nbsp;</em>opens at London's Barbican on 27 June, and a major&nbsp;survey exhibition opens at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artslant.com/ew/events/show/384772-solo-exhibition" target="_blank">Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt</a>&nbsp;on 9 July.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 24 May 2015 17:13:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Jason Brooks - Marlborough Fine Art - June 10th - July 18th Sun, 24 May 2015 16:38:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list Michaël Borremans - David Zwirner, London - June 13th - August 14th <p style="text-align: justify;">David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by Micha&euml;l Borremans. On view at 24 Grafton Street in London, it marks the artist&rsquo;s first show at the Mayfair gallery and his first solo presentation in the city in ten years.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Black Mould</em>&nbsp;includes small- and large-scale paintings that feature anonymous, black-robed characters. Alone or in groups, they perform mysterious acts within monochromatic spaces reminiscent of an artist&rsquo;s barren studio. Seemingly behaving according to a symbolic language of their own, they pose alone or interact in communal dances, with some figures holding torches and others exposed naked from the waist down. Their facelessness opens up ambiguous narrative possibilities, like empty canvases with which to construct meaning.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Exquisitely painted with dramatic contrasts between light and dark areas, the series reaffirms the tension between the real and the imaginary that exists within Borremans&rsquo;s oeuvre. The solemn yet playful mood feels inexplicably up-to-date, with the almost cinematic sequence of paintings constituting an allegory of contemporary society. The lack of context or details provides a neutral, yet psychologically charged atmosphere. Like archetypes capable of embodying shifting meanings, the blank figures become a mold for the human condition, at once satirical, tragic, humorous, and above all, contradictory.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While Borremans&rsquo;s technical command of his medium recalls classical painting&mdash;the rich tactility and special glow of his painted surfaces evoke the Old Master tradition and artists such as Francisco Goya&mdash;his compositions elude traditional interpretative strategies. Subtle elements within their pictorial structure defy expectations and leave attempts at decoding their narratives open-ended. The small size of the majority of the works within the series&mdash;dimensions vary, but most are no bigger than twelve by ten inches (thirty by twenty-five centimeters)&mdash;further challenges conventional standards, miniaturizing the subjects and highlighting the artificiality of representation more generally. The elusive reality presented in&nbsp;<em>Black Mould&nbsp;</em>seems both topical and timeless, just as the robed figures emerge like actors without a clear script. The secrecy may ultimately signify the murky intersection within today&rsquo;s society of faith, morality, and politics, but can also be seen to underscore the ritualistic nature of human life across centuries and cultures. In the process, Borremans&rsquo;s minimal, affective paintings affirm the medium&rsquo;s resilient ability to provide a space for introspective, nonverbal meaning.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by David Zwirner Books and designed by Kim Beirnaert in close collaboration with the artist.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Micha&euml;l Borremans</strong>&nbsp;was born in 1963 in Geraardsbergen, Belgium. In 1996, he received his M.F.A. from Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, Campus St. Lucas, in Ghent. Since 2001, the artist&rsquo;s work has been represented by David Zwirner. Previous solo exhibitions at the gallery in New York include&nbsp;<em>The Devil</em><em>&rsquo;s Dress</em>&nbsp;(2011),&nbsp;<em>Taking Turns</em>&nbsp;(2009),&nbsp;<em>Horse Hunting</em>&nbsp;(2006), and&nbsp;<em>Trickland&nbsp;</em>(2003), which marked his United States debut.&nbsp;<em>Black Mould</em>&nbsp;marks his first solo presentation at David Zwirner, London.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Consisting of one hundred works from the past two decades,&nbsp;<em>Micha&euml;l</em>&nbsp;<em>Borremans: As sweet as it gets</em>&nbsp;is a major museum survey presented at the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas (through July 5, 2015). The exhibition was first held in 2014 at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and traveled later in the year to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Also on view in 2014 was the artist&rsquo;s first museum solo show in Japan,&nbsp;<em>Micha&euml;l</em>&nbsp;<em>Borremans: The Advantage</em>, at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Over the past decade, Borremans&rsquo;s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at a number of prominent institutions. In 2011, a comprehensive solo show, titled&nbsp;<em>Eating the Beard</em>, was presented at the W&uuml;rttembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, which toured to the Műcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest and the Kunsthalle Helsinki. In 2010, he had a solo exhibition at the Kunstnernes Hus in Oslo as well as commissioned work on view at the Royal Palace in Brussels. Other venues which have hosted solo exhibitions include kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2009); de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam (2007); Kunsthalle Bremerhaven, Germany; and the Museum f&uuml;r Gegenwartskunst, Basel (both 2004). In 2005, he had a one-person exhibition of paintings and drawings at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent. The paintings then traveled to Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London and The Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, while the drawings were presented at the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Work by the artist is held in public collections internationally, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Dallas Museum of Art, Texas; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Mus&eacute;e d&rsquo;Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Borremans lives and works in Ghent.</p> Sun, 24 May 2015 10:36:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/lon/Events/list