Viewing articles from 2016/06

Rod Barton, Rue de la Régence, 67 1000 Brussels

Erin Lawlor

Installation View

Erin Lawlor's recent paintings cite visual memories from childhood, the line and form reminiscent of the undefined biomorphic universes of Sendak or dr. Seuss, with a heightened chromatic range that at times seems to verge on the cartoonish or technicolour.

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Various venues, Whitstable, Kent

Whitstable Biennale 2016

 Trish Scott, Study for Medium, 2016, video installation

Part of the 2016 Whitstable Biennale’s success is the totally anachronistic nature of some of its headlining works, showcasing the ability of the festival to be both site-specific and completely unplaced. Review by Betsy Porritt

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Gavin Brown's enterprise, 439 W. 127th Street, New York

Ed Atkins

Ed Atkins, Ribbons, installation view at Gavin Brown's enterprise

Atkins has forged an extremely successful career by inserting various, slippery versions of his CGI ‘self’ bang at the centre of his operatically layered video works. It’s a trademark that’s as awkwardly, brain-crushingly present as ever in his current show at Gavin Brown’s new space in a former distillery in Harlem. Review by Helena Haimes

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Various locations, London

Block Universe

Jesse Darling and Raju Rage, Let Them Eat Cake ----  May One Without Hunger Lift the First Knife, Kachette, 2016.

Bryony White selects her highlights from Block Universe and interviews Louise O'Kelly about the challenges and opportunities in curating the festival.

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Basement Roma, Via Ricciotti 4, 00195 Rome, Italy

Mundus Muliebris

Mundus Muliebris, Installation View

Performing what Wittgenstein would call a family resemblance, artists Than Hussein Clark, Patrizia Fabri and George Henry Longly collaborate under the brand MM, producing a body of work which sits at the intersection between art and fashion.

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Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, City Library & Arts Centre, 28-30 Fawcett St, Sunderland SR1 1RE

Baldock Pope Zahle

Baldock Pope Zahle, installation view at NGCA, Sunderland, 2016

'Baldock Pope Zahle' presents a new sculptural installation by Jonathan Baldock, and newly commissioned work by Nicholas Pope and Maria Zahle in Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art's spacious and newly opened up main gallery.

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Ikon, 1 Oozells St, Birmingham B1 2HS

Dan Flavin: It is what it is and it ain’t nothing else

Dan Flavin, It is what it is and it ain't nothing else. Installation view, Ikon Gallery (2016). Photo by Stuart Whipps, courtesy of Ikon. © 2016 Stephen Flavin/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Ikon building lends a somewhat cosy and domestic vibe to Flavin’s work, which I enjoy far more than some of the often starker forms of presentation in larger institutions. Indeed pairing, or starting a conversation, between Flavin’s work and Ikon’s former school house architecture is central to the exhibition’s design. Review by Sacha Waldron

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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ

Artist Interview: Aikaterini Gegisian

Aikaterini Gegisian, Diego Garcia, Video, DVCPRO, 16 mins, colour, stereo sound, 2010 Video Still

Dr Kostas Prapoglou speaks with Aikaterini Gegisian about her recent survey exhibition ‘Shifting Geographies’ at mima, Middlesbrough, and the influences and inspiration behind her wider practice.

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FOLD Gallery, 158 New Cavendish St, London W1W 6YW

Either Those Curtains

Installation view, Either Those Curtains

The current group show at FOLD Gallery, ‘Either Those Curtains’, draws on literary quotes by Oscar Wilde and Haruki Murakami to explore artistic responses to interior space and its effect on the body and psyche of an individual. Review by Philomena Epps

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North East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN)

The work of John Kippin

Filmed in the studio and on location in Northumberland, John Kippin discusses the Landscape sensibility which has evolved through this practice

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Tintype, 107 Essex Road, London N1 2SL

David Cheeseman: Slime Mould Logic

Installation view

David Cheeseman’s solo show ‘Slime Mould Logic’ initiates conversations between separate works that converge and flux like the stuff we encounter in the world. The idea and its image are revised into materiality, becoming works open to interpretation. Review by Cathy Wade

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Institute Of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Guan Xiao: Flattened Metal

Installation view of Guan Xiao, Flattened Metal in association with K11 Art Foundation, 20 April-19 June 2016, Institute of Contemporary Arts London (ICA)

The sculptures combine readymade objects and found images shaped into surreal installations. Each work is difficult to pin down, full of complex and conflicting elements that seem to hint at something just out of reach. Review by Helen Longstreth

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