Viewing articles from 2016/06

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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Association of Visual Artists, Vienna Secession, Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Vienna, Austria

Oliver Laric: Photoplastik

Photoplastik, Installation View

Oliver Laric's exhibition 'Photoplastik' transforms the Secession's main hall into a sculpture display, juxtaposing glyptotheques and plaster-cast collections alongside objects drawn from popular culture and the natural sciences and 3D printing techniques.

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Museum Leuven, Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, 3000 Leuven, Belgium

Oriol Vilanova: At First Sight

At First Sight, Installation View

Using installations, performances and texts, Oriol Vilanova produces work which investigates icons of the past, the rewriting of history and the museum as an outmoded exhibition space.

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& A FOREST 8-11, 233 Spadina, Toronto / (PETRIFIES) 820 Plaza, 6820 rue Marconi, Montreal

Félicia Atkinson: & A FOREST (PETRIFIES)

& A FOREST at 8-11 (Toronto). Installation view (Detail).

& A FOREST (PETRIFIES) is a fiction, a poem, an exhibition by Félicia Atkinson, initiated by Corinn Gerber of Passenger Books and presented by 8-11 and 820Plaza.

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Nottingham Contemporary Weekday Cross Nottingham NG1 2GB / Backlit, Alfred House, Ashley Street, Nottingham NG3 1JG

Simon Starling

Simon Starling, La Source (demi-teinte), 2009. © Simon Starling, courtesy neugerriemschneider, Berlin

Starling's exhibitions at Nottingham Contemporary and Backlit show the artist’s fixation with objecthood, authenticity and changes of state that permeate his conceptually dense, yet ever graceful, practice. Review by Alex Borkowski

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Centre for Contemporary Photography, 404 George Street, Fitzroy, Vic 3065 Australia / National Storage Collingwood

shadow sites

Rudi Williams, Curtain, Bode Museum Berlin, 2016. Hand-printed Type C print mounted on Aluminium. 600 x 900mm. Image credit: Alan Weedon

In an act of inversion, ‘shadow sites’ liberates the document from the darkness whilst relegating its subject, the original, to the corrugated confines of a nearby storage facility. Review by Hayley Haynes

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Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 6DG

Franciszka & Stefan Themerson: Books, Camera, Ubu

Puppets by Franciszka Themerson for KUNG UBU, Marionetteatern, Stockholm, 1964

The variant practice of partners and creative collaborators, Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, encompasses painting, photography, film, theatre, literature, concrete poetry, book design and satirical drawing. This multi-faceted approach to making not only renders any supposition of a single ‘discipline’ redundant, but as their exhibition at Camden Arts Centre demonstrates, ideas of connectivity and permeation are an inherent part of the Themersons’ artistic formulae. Review by Joseph Constable

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