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Parts and Labor

by Marianne Templeton
Phillip Lai and Moyra Davey make a neat double act. At first glance their parallel solo shows at Camden Arts Centre seem worlds apart: Davey's practice is highly personal and heavily image-based, clinging to the walls; Lai's language is sculptural and industrial. Yet this formal disparity masks a shared thematic interest in processes of production, dispersal, displacement, interpretation, and decay. Davey's exhibition, comprises multiple attempts to inscribe identity and bridge experiential... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 5/6/14
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Parts and Labor

by Marianne Templeton
Phillip Lai and Moyra Davey make a neat double act. At first glance their parallel solo shows at Camden Arts Centre seem worlds apart: Davey's practice is highly personal and heavily image-based, clinging to the walls; Lai's language is sculptural and industrial. Yet this formal disparity masks a shared thematic interest in processes of production, dispersal, displacement, interpretation, and decay. Davey's exhibition, comprises multiple attempts to inscribe identity and bridge experiential... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 5/12/14
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Strange Brew

by Marianne Templeton
Jockum Nordström is a maker of hard-core fairy-tales, jumbled origin myths and darkly charming visions of restraint and violence. His nostalgic, illustrative style and faux-naïve composition are at odds with subject matter awash with small acts of fixation and abjection: raised skirts, anal sex, protruding tongues. Things touch other things in unusual ways. Beautifully coloured and cut collaged pieces sit together awkwardly: a dog's paw on a woman's leg, a frog leaping from a horse's head, a... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 8/24/13
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Paganism, Pop Culture and Possessive Spirits

by Marianne Templeton
Serena Korda's work is a very practical sort of magic: evoking elaborate mythologies and belief systems of days past, while remaining firmly in the here and now through a lo-fi materiality and engagement with site and community. Aping the Beast, her current exhibition at Camden Arts Centre brings together three works themed around animals, animism and the power of ritual. Dormant in the centre of the main gallery, like a B-movie prop in cold storage, is a fifteen-foot Godzilla-inspired monster... [more]
Posted by Marianne Templeton on 4/3/13
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Bona Fide British Rubbish

by Philippa Snow
The Bruce Lacey Experience sounds like a musical act, not a retrospective? Sure, whatever, outta sight. Maybe it is, man, and maybe it isn't. This is the junk-made clatter of the grooviest instruments in life's orchestra, played by some octogenarian cat for the benefit of an uncertain deity. Maybe, thinking on it, the sense of ritual act is misdirection: the audience of the Experience is not an unknown God, but an inner child. As a cynic, I found myself caught unawares by such wacko, English... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 8/3/12
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Nathalie Djurberg with music by Hans Berg at Camden Arts Centre

by Char Jansen
For anyone who somehow managed to miss it, or just to simply reassert: Frieze week in London is absolute mania. Galleries and artistic institutes are flooded and clamour to offer VIPs from around the globe more attractive frills – champagne receptions, private performances, exclusive viewings – and for those of us lower down the food chain, it’s the least pleasurable time of the year to attempt to view any kind of art, shunted along to make room for the people who are driving the... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 10/22/11
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Pino Pascali

by Mike Tuck
      The exhibition at the Camden Arts Centre is the first dedicated to Pino Pascali in the UK and focuses on works from the years in which Pascali became associated with Arte Povera between 1967 and 1968. This radical trend in Italian art where everyday materials were used in resonant combinations and in which events in art and life appeared to converge had a defining role in the question of what can be considered sculpture. Rather like scholars who argue that much of the symbolism of the... [more]
Posted by Mike Tuck on 3/27/11
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Possible Futures, Probable Pasts

by Mike Tuck
        The works on show at the Camden Arts Centre are the latest in their series of artist-selected shows at the North London gallery. Somewhere between a curatorial exercise and art-by-proxy, these shows have revealed both the personal and vicarious aspects of artist curation/selection. The work selected by Simon Starling comprises works by 30 artists and designers, revisiting the history of the Camden Art Centres programmes over the last 50 years. By-and-large the works occupy the... [more]
Posted by Mike Tuck on 12/20/10
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Jim Hodges: A Matter of Matter

by Mike Tuck
        It has been both a curse and a blessing for Jim Hodges that his work has almost always been discussed in relation to Andy Warhol. The parallels are clear and demonstrable but the relationship is one of influence rather than contemporaneousness. The show at the Camden Arts Centre breaks this mold and frames Hodges in relation to his late friend and contemporary, Felix Gonzalez Torres. Torres had shown in the same galleries at the Camden Arts Centre in 2000 and the installation of... [more]
Posted by Mike Tuck on 6/27/10
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Eva Hesse at Camden Arts Centre

by Nicholas James
    ‘My interest is in finding my own way’ - Eva Hesse ‘She wanted to make her work.. not pure, predetermined, but in some way that it felt good to her’ - Sol Le Witt* Eva Hesse: Studiowork, curated by Briony Fer and Barry Rosen, comes to the Camden Art Centre from the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. It brings together fifty works, previously seen as test pieces for larger sculptures, which are now acknowledged as works in their own right. The exhibition contains sculptures and... [more]
Posted by Nicholas James on 12/23/09
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