Down a street off Soho Square a booze-soaked, rambunctious crowd piled out on the street. It was one of those rare summer evenings in London – somewhere between sweaty and balmy. Squeeze past the well-pruned bloggers, pogonophiles and the members of the banksy-forum cult, into the airless gallery, where the hundred-odd guests had impregnated the air with the scent of their sweaty-balmy bodies.
This is the Sickboy effect – bringing a bit of griminess and a glaze of stickiness to make everything a lit... [more]
Bat Opera by Philippa Snow Marvin Gaye Chetwynd at Sadie Coles HQ - South Audley St
March 11th, 2014 - April 26th, 2014
There are certain words and phrases—certain names, in this instance, but more on that later—which carry enough of their own baggage as to throw the rest of the sentence they're carried by off-course; they're linguistic Trojan horses, derailing any attempt at rational discussion (an anecdotal example of this is a friend of mine who refuses point-blank to speak the word “croissant,” on the grounds that it forces the speaker to contort their face into an angry shape—she refer... [more]
Emma Richardson's been on our radar in one way or another for quite some time. Bassist and singer for Band of Skulls, Richardson is also an extremely accomplished painter. Opening this weekend at the Outsiders London, Richardson is embarking on her first solo for the gallery. Full of lush, sinewy, sensual strokes wrought over raw canvas, her paintings are quite the feast for the eyes. Find out more about the show and this multi-talented artist below.
The Outsiders are pleased to welcome Southampt... [more]
Starting this Thursday night 6-9pm at The Outsiders, London audiences will be treated to a show by one of graffiti's most notorious names: Saber. Don't miss it!
En garde for one of the biggest names in international urban art, when Saber’s The Ugly American exhibition starts the 2014 program at The Outsiders London. The enormously well-‐received show was unveiled at The Outsiders Newcastle in late 2013, and travels to the capital by popular demand. The artist himself will be in attendanc... [more]
It’s been years since photographer Thomas Ruff has taken a picture in the traditional sense – set the aperture, press the shutter release, develop the film. For most of his career, Ruff’s work has consisted of altering images he’s dug up everywhere, from the archives of NASA to Internet porn sites. In his latest series, Ruff disregards the camera’s role in the photography process altogether.
In photograms, now on display at Johnen Galerie in Mitte, Ruff champions the so-called camera-... [more]
The Outsiders London is enraptured to welcome surging British urban artist HUSH for his first solo exhibition with Lazarides galleries, Fatales.
Lauded worldwide for his passionate canvases and murals, Fatales sees HUSH's work evolving beyond his trademark portrayals of Japanese subjects. While the manga-influenced Nipponettes that made his name will still feature, Fatales also includes portraits of modern-day European seductresses.
HUSH's vamps are simultaneously imposing and compelling, all... [more]
When Joan Linder draws something she tends to do it with such intensity that the image on the page makes a monument out of whatever her subject may be. For her fifth solo show at Mixed Greens Linder’s subject is her kitchen sink: a standard double-bowl fixture in stainless steel with a single-headed faucet that has a pullout spray option and a drying rack in one bowl. She’s depicted it three different ways in eleven new works that collectively invest this sink with the status of an icon. In thes... [more]
The group-exhibition »Meta-Ikon« mainly presents photography as the dominant medium for recording and generating images, and as the contemporary appropriation of the historically acknowledged canon of images. Accordingly, the show is an arrangement of new statements that are not documenting reality, but refer to existing images of Western culture found in painting, photography, sculpture and film. Using different strategies the artists transform the collective images/icons of our cultural memory into new works of art.
Loops of film stock hang from a hook on the wall. Loose film, out in the world, seems wrong. It’s not hidden, light-safe inside a camera, or tightly wound on reels or in canisters. It signals accidental exposure, perhaps a broken recording or projecting device. But there are no mistakes here. The filmstrips are scratched, damaged, punk. There’s intention in their seemingly abusive marks. The violence of the scratches is countered by the lightness of the delicate shadows they cast on the wall. The... [more]
Young Curators / New Ideas IV by Charlie Schultz Sterling Allen, Ben Alper, Pan Aterson, Amy Beecher, A.K. Burns, Darren Coffield, Jillian Conrad, Adam Curtis, Teresa Henriquez, Peter Hobbs, Brookhart Jonquil, Jerry KEARNS, Jen Kennedy, Ryan Lauderdale, Liz Linden, C.J. Matherne, Hugo McCloud, Matt Nichols, Miranda Pissarides, Erik Blinderman & Lisa Rave, Josh Reames, Prem Sahib, Judith Shimer, Adam Parker Smith, Kasper Sonne, Jeni Spota, Jeffrey Vallance, Julia Weist at Meulensteen
June 7th, 2012 - August 24th, 2012
Youth and newness are the totems of this exhibition and it feels that way. An excitement like an electric current runs through the arrangements of artworks, which seem to function as conceptual experiments or curatorial prototypes. The exhibition is built on a somewhat peculiar precedent; a dozen aspiring curators were each allotted a section of the gallery to mount individual micro-shows. Most chose to work with two or three artists; in all there are twenty-nine artists represented by an abundan... [more]
Indian Summer by Elvia Wilk Cynthia Girard, Pontus Lindvall at SEPTEMBER
July 21st, 2012 - September 1st, 2012
While most Berlin galleries are closed for the last month of summer, the ones that stay open have different ways of dealing with August’s meandering energy. Berlin isn’t exactly lazy in the summer, it’s just that the city can feel buoyed by momentum rather than ambition. September Gallery’s current show -- which ends on September first -- resists the lull. The exhibition creates an autonomous, luminous vitality that feels like an extra month of sun, an Indian summer. Canadian artist Cynthia Gi... [more]
If for some reason you’d been worried that contemporary French art was turning into an overly-feminine affair (Grand Palais was so much more manly before Daniel Buren got in there to decorate), go see Benjamin Sebatier’s Hard Work. Bricks, cans, racks, nails, assorted construction-related instruments I’m too girly to know the name of — these are the artists’ materials in use here. The objects they compose seem, in their real or imagined dirtiness, vaguely out of place in the eighth-arrondissement... [more]
If line is the fundamental element in Johan Gelper’s sculptures – be it the smooth, arcing contours of his Spatial Drawings or the sharp, clustered spikes of his Botanicals – then movement is their creative rationale. If there were a physics equation for looking at sculpture it would put the artwork on one side of the equal sign, the viewer on the other: a line in space has potential energy; as we move around to see it in three dimensions, its potential energy is converted into our own kinetic... [more]
Home Makers by Liz Glass Jeremiah Barber, Randy Colosky, Chris Fraser, Christine M. Peterson, Yulia Pinkusevich, Jonathan Runcio, Jesse Schlesinger, Gareth Spor, Andy Vogt at HIGHLIGHT PROJECT SPACE
January 28th, 2012 - February 28th, 2012
We each have our routines—in our daily lives, and in our art consumption as well. We may bounce around on the hipster-lined streets of Oakland’s Art Murmur on first Fridays, fighting the crowds at Johansson Projects, trading endless text messages with friends we lost in the crowd. We may lurk on 16th Street drinking beers outside of Adobe Books during openings in the Back Room Gallery, pushing our way through for only minutes to try to glimpse actual works of art behind clusters of art-loving San... [more]
2-D Pushers by Lori Zimmer Aude Pariset, Kate Steciw, Letha Wilson at Toomer Labzda
January 8th, 2012 - February 26th, 2012
Photographic imagery as a medium is reimagined through the work of three artists at the Lower East Side’s Toomer Labzda Gallery. Aude Pariset, Kate Steciw and Letha Wilson create a dialogue between their drastically different approaches toward making art by transforming the printed image into a new sculptural medium. Curated by David Harper, the show challenges the somewhat archaic traditions of photography, and uses it as a jumping off point to create an evolved breed of three-dimensional abstract w... [more]
At first sight, the wooden trunks displayed at Motive Gallery would seem like aboriginal art. But they're no post-colonial ready-mades, unlike those we've seen in Vincent Vulsma's show at SMBA this year, for example. Louis De Cordier's “dugouts”, instead, are hand-carved sculptures made by the artist himself, out of white pines that grow specifically in the Spanish Sierra Nevada, where he lives. These canoe-shaped artworks represent quite a change in De Cordier's work, which often favors synthetic... [more]