ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Will Barras - StolenSpace Gallery - September 9th - October 2nd <p class="p1">StolenSpace is proud to present &lsquo;Trust Your Hands&rsquo;, the new solo show from British artist Will Barras.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;Having lived in Bristol while studying, Barras became one of a new crop of young artists working within Bristol&rsquo;s world renowned street art scene. He has since exhibited around the world, collaborating with other artists, and painting both on walls and in the gallery space. Living and working in London, Barras&rsquo; inaugural 2013 show at StolenSpace <em>&lsquo;Bad Reception&rsquo;</em>&nbsp; showcased his unique style, and we are excited to see him transform the space again with this new body of work.</p> <p class="p1">What sets Barras&rsquo; work aside is his fluid use of movement and unique narrative driven composition and line work.&nbsp;His work holds a kind of energy, as if capturing a brief moment between one manifestation and the next. Holding the line between the abstract and the figurative, his compositions and fluid lines provide poignant detail in liquid abstraction.</p> <p class="p2">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:56:45 +0000 - CHARLIE SMITH london - September 9th - October 8th <p>German enfant terrible Florian Heinke presents realist black paintings in first London solo exhibition 'ALLES WIRD GUT' at Shoreditch art gallery CHARLIE SMITH LONDON.</p> <p>CHARLIE SMITH LONDON is delighted to present Florian Heinke with his first solo exhibition in London.</p> <p>Heinke is known for his paintings that alternate between political polemics and transcendental beauty. Combining text and image only in black acrylic on unprimed canvas, Heinke's methods are unique and highly impactful. Schooled initially on the streets of Frankfurt, Heinke discovered studio painting after being arrested for graffiti writing:</p> <p>"Once I got arrested and they put me into a programme in a workshop. They offered me an alternative punishment: to work in their painting studio. I did my first canvas there with brushes and colour. Graffiti was just the valve to show my rage, incomprehension and sadness."</p> <p>Heinke went on to study at Johannes Gutenberg Universit&auml;t Mainz before untertaking his Masters at the renowned St&auml;delschule. Since then he has gone on to become one of Germany's most vibrant young painters, exhibiting globally and being placed in prominent private collections, including that of Michael &amp; Susan Hort in New York.</p> <p>Despite retiring his spray cans at an early stage, elements of street semiotics continue to endure. The use of text in both German and English; an absorption of advertising techniques; and a clash of imagery derived from various sources coalesce to reference high, low and mass culture.</p> <p>'ALLES WIRD GUT' &ndash; translated as 'Everything will be fine' &ndash; will present a typically Heinkian worldview. Smattered with irony, poetry, longing, derision, optimism and fury, the exhibition will embody Heinke's ongoing notion of 'Paradise Overdosed', traversing contemporary and modern politics; celebrity; glamour; greed; beauty and decay.</p> <p>The event will take place at CHARLIE SMITH LONDON, 336 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DR. Open from 11am-6pm Wednesday to Saturday. Please contact the gallery for further information on 020 7739 4055. Follow the gallery @CHARLIESMITHldn.</p> <p><strong>Category:</strong> Arts | Visual Arts | Galleries / Art.</p> <p><strong>Artist / Speaker:</strong>&nbsp;Florian Heinke.</p> <p><strong>Twitter:</strong> <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> Wed, 31 Aug 2016 07:29:17 +0000 Takuro Kuwata - Alison Jacques Gallery - October 7th - November 5th <p><em>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not trying to break the rules&hellip; I just want to apply a contemporary sensibility to pottery. I believe I can create something truly new, work that reflects our time&rdquo;</em> Takuro Kuwata, 2013&nbsp;</p> <p>Alison Jacques Gallery is delighted to present new ceramic work by Japanese artist Takuro Kuwata. This will be Kuwata&rsquo;s first solo exhibition in London, following his participation in the group show <em>Organic Sculpture</em> at Alison Jacques Gallery in 2015. &nbsp;</p> <p>Takuro Kuwata (born 1981) lives and works in Toki City, Gifu, Japan and it is from this mountainous terrain that the artist finds the stones prominent in his sculptures. One of the traditional Japanese techniques he uses is called <em>ishi-haze </em>or <em>stone explosion, </em>in which stones are allowed to overheat in the kiln to the point where they rupture<em>. </em>Conventionally, this technique employs small stones in the making of tea ceramics; however Kuwata uses oversized rocks to distort his forms as the stones melt or explode. Kuwata also employs <em>kairagi, </em>another Japanese technique, which is used to create imperfections in the glaze caused by shrinking and cracking. Kuwata is drawn to the imperfections resulting from this process, which he employs to its extreme so that the outer layer of the sculpture is fractured and appears to be slipping away from the colour beneath. The uncertainty of the method does not allow Kuwata complete control over the resulting form, enhancing the organic nature and dysfunctionality of his objects.</p> <p>This exhibition contains a number of large-scale works made when Kuwata was resident artist in Shigaraki, Japan, earlier this year. Upon entering the gallery, the viewer is confronted with a large stalagmite sculpture beside a small tea bowl. The main space contains a variety of large vessels and standing sculptures, encrusted with sherbert-hued colours, or gold and silver glazes, which appear like rings of icing around heavy ceramic bases. In the side space Kuwata exhibits a series of small, brightly coloured tea bowls that span the length of the wall. Kuwata often refers to these as drip bowls, with beads of glaze hand painted onto their exteriors that could appear to be coloured droplets of sweat emanating from within.</p> <p>Kuwata&rsquo;s practice is firmly rooted in Japanese history and aesthetics. The characteristics of the Japanese philosophy <em>wabi-sabi,</em> which focuses on imperfect and incomplete beauty, including asymmetry and asperity, are all evident in Kuwata&rsquo;s work. Born in Hiroshima, but removed from the aftermath of World War II, Kuwata is offering a contemporary view of postwar Japanese anxiety as well as demonstrating a correlation between Japan&rsquo;s recent natural and social disasters. The natural world plays an active role in Kuwata&rsquo;s practice, with bursting stones and broken glazes acting as metaphors for erupting volcanoes and earthquakes, engendering beauty through destruction.</p> <p>Takuro Kuwata graduated from Kyoto Saga Art College, Department of Fine Arts, Ceramic Arts in 2001 and started an apprenticeship under ceramic artist Zaima Susumu in 2002. He graduated from Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center in 2007. Kuwata has been shown extensively in Japan, including <em>Art Crafting Towards The Future</em> at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, 2012, and <em>Japanese Kōgei | Future Forward</em>&nbsp;at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2015. In 2017, Kuwata will have a solo show at CAM / Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis curated by Jeffrey Uslip.</p> <p>&nbsp;Museums and foundations that have acquired Kuwata&rsquo;s work include: Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Takahashi Collection, Tokyo; 21<sup>st</sup> Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs; University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbour.</p> <p><strong>FOR INFORMATION, INTERVIEWS OR IMAGES PLEASE CONTACT BRIDIE HINDLE: E: </strong><a href="mailto:BRIDIE.HINDLE@ALISONJACQUESGALLERY.COM" rel="nofollow"><strong>BRIDIE.HINDLE@ALISONJACQUESGALLERY.COM</strong></a><strong> / T: +44 (0) 20 7631 4720 </strong><strong>WWW.ALISONJACQUESGALLERY.COM</strong></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:54:38 +0000 Karolina Brzuzan, Jamie Crewe, Jackie Karut and Priyesh Trivedi. - Gasworks - September 24th 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p>Open Studios 12-6pm<br />Artist Talks 4.30pm</p> <p>Drop by and get to know the visiting artists at this free event&nbsp;offering London audiences a unique opportunity to see, hear about and discuss the research and work-in-progress that they&nbsp;have been developing over the past three months.</p> <p>Artists:</p> <p>Karolina Brzuzan&nbsp;(Poland),&nbsp;Jamie Crewe&nbsp;(UK),&nbsp;Jackie Karuti&nbsp;(Kenya) and&nbsp;Priyesh Trivedi&nbsp;(India).</p> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:54:08 +0000 - Gasworks - September 22nd - December 11th <div class="page" title="Page 1"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>Gasworks presents A Body Reduced to Brilliant Colour, the first UK solo exhibition by American artist Candice Lin.</p> <p>The exhibition explores how histories of slavery and colonialism have been shaped by human attraction to particular colours, tastes, textures and drugs. Lin presents a new commission, a living sculpture assembled from hacked household objects, which will work constantly to transform historically loaded goods such as tea and sugar into a new substance, a brownish -red fluid which will collect and congeal on the gallery floor throughout the exhibition.</p> <p>Focusing on how the desire to wear, become enraptured by, or ingest certain plants and substances preceded the will to trade them as commercial goods, the exhibition traces the materialist urges at the root of colonial violence. Living processes, from fermentation to the generation of an electrical current through bacterial digestion, join with objects, organic matter and DIY mechanics to constitute a ritualistic act in which ceaseless movement echoes the histories of trade that entangle them.</p> <p>Tubing, plastic and glass containers, porcelain filters, hot plates, and other household objects boil, ferment, distil, dye and pump liquid containing colonial trade goods such as cochineal, sugar and tea. The system created by these diverse elements surrounds a large, waterproof basin of Vitruvian proportions. &lsquo;Fed&rsquo; two litres of water each day, this work &ndash; which the artist describes as a &lsquo;flayed</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="page" title="Page 2"> <div class="layoutArea"> <div class="column"> <p>circulatory system&rsquo; &ndash; constantly produces a brownish-red fluid, which collects in the basin and is gradually siphoned off, congealing in a pool on a marble-effect laminate floor in the adjacent gallery. By transforming prized, historically-loaded goods into a stain reminiscent of murder, faeces or menstrual blood, the work speaks to these fraught histories of conquest, slavery, torture and theft, while at the same time exploring what happens when materials so burdened with history and meaning are situated in &ndash; and produce &ndash; new systems of relations.</p> <p>--<br /> A series of events accompanies the exhibition including The Intricate Speech of Intimate Objects on 24 Sept in which Los-Angeles based artist and psychic Asher Hartman will lead a demonstration and workshop in psychometry; and Eating the Edifice on 12 November 2016,an illustrated lecture/demonstration by food historian and artist Ivan Day which outlines the evolution of edible table art from the early Renaissance to the 19th century.</p> <p>For artist / curator interviews and for high resolution images visit:</p> <p> or email +44 (0)207 091 1636&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:23:10 +0000