In Torbjørn Rødland’s photography activity is stalled. Chemistry is cauterised and left to breathe and rest, surfaces and nubile skins are luminous and lustful, viscosities slip and collaborate. Review by Alex Bennett
A partnership between Plymouth’s major visual arts venues, 'We The People Are The Work' is comprised of five new commissions installed across the city. With each involving varying degrees of collaboration with the city’s inhabitants, at the core of the work is how each artist navigates the complexities of ‘social engagement’. Review by Rowan Lear
Hot Cottons is Dutch artist Magali Reus’ first solo exhibition in Scandinavia, and her largest solo exhibition to date. The artist creates sculptural objects that are seemingly recognizable, often appropriating the symbolism of ordinary objects from our immediate surroundings. Throughout, there is a flourish of mechanisation relocated to the hand-touched. The result is objects that appear with an unclear, unsteady identity; between the commonplace and the hyper real.
The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is proud to present New York-based sculptor Lisa Hoke as the third artist in the museum’s Rotunda Projects series. Her installation Pie in the Sky, designed especially for the Brooks’ rotunda, will be completed Wednesday, October 25. Museum visitors are invited to watch Hoke create this dazzlingly colourful and richly textural abstract installation—of plastic cups, cardboard boxes, paper flyers, drink cartons, and molded Styrofoam, all suspended from the rotunda’s dome
In Re-weaving Migrant Inscriptions at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, Hayv Kahraman’s material treatment of characters is important – pale, nude bodies and homogeneous features contextualize them in the annals of visual history, but while their faces look opaque, their bodies, suspended in the negative space of raw linen, feel ghostly, merely outlining the promise of a form. Review by Torey Akers
At Peles Empire, Berlin, Shannon Bool’s works address the power of visual representation and manages to challenge authority by means of re-appropriation and exposure to forms once more unfamiliar. Review by Joan Lee
Nottingham Contemporary’s ‘States of America’ sweeps across the shifting social and political landscape of the USA between the 1960s and early 1990s, capturing the rise of popular culture and suburbia, declining city centres, the Civil Rights Movement, wealth disparity, urban life and the fading American Dream. Viewed through the lens of seventeen different photographers, we are offered a necessarily prismatic picture of American culture that is particularly compelling given current events. Review by Hannah Newell
Hosted at the Austrian Cultural Forum, the exhibition brings together works which evoke and unveil emotions dealing with technology as a subject or a tool. The show challenges our cultural attachment to data and the relationship of our bodies to technology, offering points of view on artistic practices that on the one hand bring these notions together, and on the other convey the tension within them. Review by Fiorella Lanni
The prefix, ‘contra-’ designates the oppositional, the illicit. The title of Zach Blas’ show, ‘Contra-Internet’ then, affirms the internet as the hegemonic network, the principal arena of political control where social possibility is dictated, mediated and constrained. ‘Contra-Internet’ asks: how can we think beyond or outside the internet? What happens when the internet dies? Review by Alex Bennett
Division Gallery is pleased to announce Asterisms, an exhibition of new works by acclaimed Quebec artist Nicolas Baier. His past work consisted of a self-reflexive examination of the camera’s possibilities, focusing on the medium’s transformation in the digital age. Baier’s experimentation compelled us to pay attention to the perspectival changes engendered by photography: how the technology alters both the Real and our direct reality.
Titled after the first book written by a computer, The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed surveys art engaged with the age of artificial intelligence. The exhibition includes both historical and contemporary artworks made between 1961 and 2017. Comprising over 100 works by 36 artists from 14 countries, the exhibition is the largest to be held at the Kunstverein in 30 years.
As its title, Beth Laurin: Provisorium, suggests, this exhibition functions as a provisional retrospective, the contents of which have settled, but are not yet final. The word provisorium also has a more everyday meaning in Swedish as ‘makeshift’. This word falls short of the fine delicacy with which much of Laurin’s work is realized, but does perhaps account for the way that the work meshes together the everyday life and environments in which she lives and works. Review by David Price
For his exhibition ‘Play Time’ at White Cube, Ortega has created new large-scale installations, sculptures and two-dimensional works which address the themes of chance and accidents in the creative process. Review by Fiorella Lanni