ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Otto D'Ambra - Fiumano Projects - March 1st - March 12th <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1455196072834_391">The son of two graphic designers, Otto D'Ambra was surrounded by strong visual imagery and creative tools long before studying Fine Art. He subsequently majored in Set Design at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan.&nbsp;He spent the next few years working in a wide variety of creative enterprises ranging from advertising to set design. In 2013 Otto relocated to East London where he opened The White Elephant Studio to concentrate solely on his work as an illustrator, printmaker and tattoo artist.</p> <p>Surreal in its aesthetic and metaphysical in concept,&nbsp;Otto D'Ambra's work focuses on the (d)evolution of people in the face of values promoted by the Digital Age we live in.&nbsp;Blending multiple elements from the animal kingdom, his illustrations address the inseparable link between modern man and his primordial nature, highlighting the dangers of our incessant pursuit of ephemeral pleasures and deceptive concepts of wellbeing.&nbsp;These intricate fusions of animals are in fact metaphorical representations of the complicated nature of the human condition. The head of a parrot may fuse with the winding tentacles of a jellyfish resulting in a fantastical creature alluding to the poisonous potential of the contemporary obsession with the mimicry of celebrity culture.</p> <p>This exhibition showcases Otto D'Ambra's mastery of a wide variety of media, including ink on paper, etchings, prints, light boxes and - for the very first time &ndash;&nbsp;sculpture. Regardless of the mode of production, however, these works fully represent the artist&rsquo;s superlative technical abilities and distinctly quirky view of reality.&nbsp;Ecce Animal: Reality's B-Side urges us to address our place in the world and get in touch with our instinctive selves before they are lost to us in a society all too eager to subvert our originality.</p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:15:45 +0000 - National Gallery - February 12th 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p>Start your Valentine's weekend with an evening of special events at the National Gallery inspired by the themes of love and romance in their collection. Taste historical aphrodisiacs, create beautiful fascinators, take part in courtly dances, and discover the language of fans. There will also be live music, themed talks and a pop-up bar.</p> <p>For more information click <a href="" rel="nofollow">here</a></p> Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:55:14 +0000 - Gasworks - February 23rd 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM <p>Gasworks presents the first UK screening of&nbsp;The Kalampag Tracking Agency, a curatorial and organisational collaboration between Shireen Seno and Merv Espina that brings together film and video from the Philippines spanning the past 30 years.</p> <p>Overcoming institutional and personal lapses to give attention to little-seen works -&nbsp;some quite recent, some surviving loss and decomposition -&nbsp;this program collects loose parts in motion, a series of bangs, or&nbsp;kalampag&nbsp;in Tagalog, assembled by their individual strengths and how they might resonate off each other and a contemporary audience.</p> <p>Featuring some of the most striking films and videos from the Philippines and its diaspora, this initiative continues to navigate the uncharted topographies of Filipino alternative and experimental moving image practice from the past 30 years.</p> <p>All works in this program are screened with the kind permission of the individual artists, the Mowelfund Film Institute and the Ateneo Art Gallery.</p> <p>Shireen Seno&nbsp;is a lens-based artist whose work addresses memory, history, and image-making, often in relation to the idea of home. She has had two solo exhibitions in Manila and received international recognition for her feature Big Boy (2012), shot entirely on Super 8. Her photo zine Trunks has been exhibited at MoMA, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Tokyo Art Book Fair.&nbsp;</p> <p>Merv Espina&nbsp;is an artist and organizer. He is co-founder of the institute of Lower Learning (iLL), an experimental art and education initiative based in Saigon and Manila; program director for Green Papaya Art Projects, the oldest artist-run creative interdisciplinary platform in the Philippines; and cook-janitor of WSK, a media art kitchen and festival for the recently possible.</p> <p>This event is part of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow">Martha Atienza&rsquo;s</a><a href="" rel="nofollow">&nbsp;current residency</a>&nbsp;at Gasworks (11 Jan &ndash; 28 March 2016).</p> <p>Register your interest in this event if you would like to attend but please note that seating is limited and is allocated on a first come, first served basis - arrive early to avoid disappointment.</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 13:12:19 +0000 Philip Munoz - Albemarle Gallery - February 18th - March 12th <p>Philip Munoz&nbsp;</p> <p>18 Feb - 12 Mar 2016&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Philip Munoz lives and works in Bristol. He graduated in Biochemistry from the University of Bristol in 2002, an unusual path for such a talented self-taught painter,</p> <p>The paintings by Philip Munoz are centered on the notion of glamour and its role in social identity. He is particularly concerned with the idea of beauty through transformation. This interest is channeled into his stylish portraits of attractive young women, adorned with tattoos and piercings.</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:16:20 +0000 Erik Neiminen - Albemarle Gallery - February 18th - March 12th <p>Erik Nieminen | The Unreal</p> <p>18 Feb - 12 Mar 2016</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Erik Nieminen was born in Ottawa, Canada 1985 and received a BFA form the University of Ottawa and a MFA from Concordia University in Montreal. He currently lives and works in Berlin and Montreal.</p> <p>The paintings in this exhibition present an independent reality, a world that is dependent on our real world yet is separate from it. It is a world that exists on its own terms. As an artist, I am interested in what one could call 'ordinary fare'. I do not look for the outlandish or the iconic. The scenes that I depict are usually closely familiar as social types and contemporary spaces.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:13:54 +0000 Benedetta Martini - Fiumano Projects - February 24th - February 27th <p><strong>Paul Spez</strong> in collaboration with<strong> Fiumano Projects</strong> is delighted to present&nbsp;<strong>'Recollection of a Dwelled Location (First Attempt)'</strong> by emerging talent, <strong>Benedetta Martini</strong></p> <p>Artist and photographer Benedetta Martini is currently studying Fine Art at <strong>Camberwell College of Arts</strong>. Specialising in photography, her work explores the meanings that we attribute to our sense of place. Through installations incorporating moving image as well as <strong>analogue photography</strong>, she investigates the qualities of objects and their component materials, highlighting the relationships they have with their environment - and subsequently with ourselves.</p> <p>Alongside her studio practice, Benedetta Martini curates <strong>(CON)TEMPORARY</strong>, a series of exhibitions that delve further into the meanings that we attribute to our environment, particularly regarding the role and significance of art in its relation to the surrounding space. Among her influences she cites the work of the artists Monika Sosnowska, William Leavitt and Thea Djordjaze, Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri and film director Michelangelo Antonioni, with whom she shares a profound interest concerning concepts relating to <strong>spatial awareness</strong>.</p> <p id="yui_3_17_2_1_1454684796117_350">In this, her first solo exhibition, Benedetta Martini will be presenting a <strong>sculptural installation</strong> using the language and materials of modernism blended with architectural elements through which she portrays a stripped down and <strong>abstract urban utopia</strong>. Inspired by elements stemming from her own memories and recollections of specific places, through the reconstruction of particular geographical contexts, she engages us in a discourse on the poetics of our experience of &ndash; and our relationship to &ndash; a sense of place.</p> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:19:09 +0000