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Ashley Bickerton: Ornamental Hysteria @ Newport Street Gallery / until 20th August 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Closed on Mondays

@ Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Free entry

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibitions/ashley-bickerton

Spanning more than three decades of Bickerton’s career and features 51 works, including a significant display of new and previously unexhibited pieces. It is the artist’s first UK show since 2009 and runs throughout all six spaces at Newport Street Gallery.

Bickerton moved to New York in 1982 and after working as a painting assistant to Jack Goldstein, he emerged as a key figure on the newly exploding East Village art scene. Within the context of the culture of commodification sweeping America he rose to prominence as part of an amorphous movement that was branded ‘Neo-Geometric Conceptualism’. Alongside artists such as Haim Steinbach and Jeff Koons, Bickerton endeavoured to reframe the practice of art production in response to the new, seductive mechanisms of desire at work in society.

Bickerton abandoned New York in 1993, eventually settling in Bali, where he still lives and works. Whilst a number of his themes prevailed, the materiality of his work shifted dramatically after this self-imposed exile from the urban environment.

Both in materiality and content, Bickerton’s work resists categorisation. On the diversity of his mediums – photocollage, appropriated image, digital image, paint and sculpture – he states: “Painting is far too cartoony and lacks the backbone of factuality; photography is too clinical and incapable of loony launches into the ether; and sculpture can be just downright presumptuous. […] Only in their combination do I find comfort.”

Bickerton’s conceptual commitment to intersectionality extends to his subject matter; his audacious and technically complex assemblages are predicated on themes of opposition and duality, for example representation and reality, creativity and commodity, nature and artifice, idyll and apocalypse. This is evident in his earlier work on display in gallery 1, which offers a sardonic critique of contemporary consumer culture and the commodification of the ‘art object’ via steel and aluminium wall-mounted ‘Culturescapes’ from the ‘Logo’ and ‘Non-Word Word’ series. Galleries 3 and 4 are dominated by Bickerton’s ‘Sea’ and ‘Landscapes’ – overblown and incongruous, they contain ephemera from the anthroposphere in the simulated shells of transportation devices. In part, these “truly contemporary” landscapes might be read as a dystopian view of the devastating impact of man on the ecosphere.

Throughout his career, Bickerton has challenged the relevancy of traditional art-historical tropes. His ‘self-portraits’ similarly parody the mythological figure of ‘the artist’, who is represented in the guise of the brands he chooses to endorse in Tormented Self-Portrait: Susie at Arles (25 Years) (2014) and as a five-bodied, technicoloured serpent in the monumental 5 Snake Heads (2009), on display in Newport Street’s double-height gallery 2.

Bickerton’s practice evolved in the late 90s to incorporate digital image and photography. In portraits such as Smiling Woman (2009), models (often family members and friends) are heavily made-up and photographed, then distorted in Photoshop before the image is printed on canvas and re-painted. These paintings are amongst Bickerton’s most overtly satirical, presenting lurid, constructed visions of life on a generic Pacific / Caribbean island.

Clean Air Gallery @ Windrush Square / until Wednesday 29th March 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

From: 7am-8pm

@ Windrush Square, London, Brixton

www.air-ink.com
www.tigerbeer.com

Tiger Beer has launched the world’s first Clean Air Gallery in Brixton, featuring art made from air pollution. Each piece of art is made using Air-Ink, an innovative technology that turns air pollution into ink.

Tiger has been challenging convention since 1932 when they innovated and pioneered tropical lagering to create a refreshing and full-bodied brew to overcome the heat. Today, Tiger is supporting bold ideas and people who are bringing about change. As air pollution continues to plague cities globally, Tiger Beer is bringing artists from major cities around the UK and Anirudh Sharma together to produce purposeful creativity from the streets for the streets and to inspire everyone to uncage their inner tiger!

The gallery features art made from Air-Ink by artists from the top 5 polluted cities in the UK (London, Glasgow, Leeds, Southampton and Nottingham). Each artist has been presented with a blank canvas which will be used to represent something they find beautiful in their cities, created using Air-Ink. Artists who will be showing work at the gallery include Mr Doodle, Roderick Mills, Jonny Hannah, Josh Parkin and Goodwives and Warriors.

Next to The Clean Air Gallery there will be an area for passers-by to try out Air-Ink for themselves and add to a large piece of work started by Mr Doodle himself!

Flabbergast Theatre: Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium @ Wiltons Music Hall / 9th – 13th May 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
9th – 10th 7:30pm
11th – 13th 9pm

@ Wilton’s Music Hall, Graces Alley, London E1 8JB

Tickets: from £10.50 book online (20% off when you book to see Tatterdemalion on the same night)

www.flabbergasttheatre.co.uk
www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/298-boris-sergey-s-astonishing-freakatorium

Created by War Horse, Blind Summit and Handspring puppeteer, Henry Maynard and his highly skilled team of expert puppeteers who have been working together in sweaty and physically compromising conditions since 2010, Boris and Sergey’s Astonishing Freakatorium is an improvised crossover cabaret featuring tabletop puppetry and character comedy for discerningly twisted adult audiences!

Following sell out runs at the Edinburgh and Adelaide Fringes and gathering three awards, 10 five star reviews (and counting), puppetry’s Balkan bad boys Boris & Sergey; simply the greatest vaudevillian double act ever conceived for the small stage, are back in London with freak show cabaret like no other.

Starring a variety of puppet characters, Boris & Sergey follow the tragic story of Pierre le Petit Tête Gustav and his wildly deranged tap dancing companion Juan Tamino. Audiences must hold on to their hats as they delve into a titillation filled world of the macabre. Boris & Sergey recreate traditional scenes of geeking, feats of incredible fortitude, endeavours of unimaginable physical endurance with formidable artistry, all whilst beguiling with their roughish wit and erudite jocularity.

If you like this, check out Tatterdemailion.

Eduardo Paolozzi @ Whitechapel Gallery / until 14th May 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun, 11am-6pm (Thu until 9pm)

@ Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX

Tickets: £11.95 book online

www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/eduardo-paolozzi

Exhibition about one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century. Considered the ‘godfather of Pop Art’, his collages, sculptures and prints challenged artistic convention, from the 1950s through to the Swinging Sixties and advent of ‘Cool Britannia’ in the 1990s.

This major Eduardo Paolozzi retrospective spans five decades and features over 250 works; from the artist’s post-War bronzes, revolutionary screen-prints and collages, to his bold textiles and fashion designs.

Alongside Paolozzi’s early brutalist concrete sculptures, highlights include material from his groundbreaking performance lecture Bunk! (1952), his large-scale Whitworth Tapestry (1967) and the iconic sculpture Diana as an Engine (1963).

The Kiss @ Sadie Coles / until 11th March 2017 💋

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sat 11am-6pm

@ Sadie Coles, 1 Davies Street, London W1K 3DB

Free entry

www.sadiecoles.com/artists/fischer#urs-fischer-exhibition-2017

A large-scale replica of Auguste Rodin’s The Kiss, cast in white Plasticine. The famous image of embracing lovers will morph and fragment over the course of the exhibition through the interventions of visitors, who will be free to remould the Plasticine at will.

The image of an entwined couple also appears in a group of four new paintings, in which the artist uses classic movie stills as stock visual formulae – found images to be disrupted and redeployed.

Over the space of a month, Fischer’s Plasticine sculpture of The Kiss will transform from a recognisable motif (fractionally larger than Rodin’s first marble version) into an open- ended site of collaboration. The icon of modern sculpture will become a volatile object – able to be inscribed, pulled apart and remodelled spontaneously. The kissing figures are raised on a Plasticine pedestal onto which visitors will be able to climb, so as to become part of the sculptural group – transposed into the work of art.

Fischer’s version of The Kiss centralises the idea that an existing image of beauty, an art- historical ‘given’, can be destabilised and reformed through the agency of individuals. Each act of intervention turns the original model into something new: by starting with a fixed image, Fischer draws attention to the contingent processes of distortion and adaptation. In contrast to his participatory clay works of the past five years, which gradually crumble, or the wax-candle sculptures which dissolve over the course of an exhibition, the Plasticine model of The Kiss can be continually reshaped. Each state is equal to the next: the sculpture passes through multiple phases without order or hierarchy.

Flew The Coop @ New Diorama Theatre / 14th February – 4th March 2017 🎟🎟

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 19:30

@ New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, Regent’s Place, London NW1 3BF

Tickets: £14.40 book online

www.newdiorama.com/whats-on/flew-the-coop

This is a true story. Events are told exactly as they happened, apart from the ones that are completely made up.

It’s 1943. Rosa Rauchbach and Horace Greasley are creating a little slice of history, and stealing a lot of chickens along the way.

The Rauchbach Greasley Association Society Club (RGASC, for short) will tell you all about it. They have a shared obsession with their two national heroes, a fierce pride in their country and only 5 members. Not that that’s going to stop them.

Multi award-winning Lost Watch present Flew the Coop, inspired by the true story of Silesian translator Rosa Rauchbach and Horace Greasley, the British prisoner of war who escaped over 200 times to see her.

Zaha Hadid @ Serpentine Sackler Gallery / until 12th February 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 10am–6pm

@ Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, London W2 2UH

Free entry

www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/zaha-hadid-early-paintings-and-drawings

On the occasion of the exhibition Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings a series of experimental virtual reality experiences have been specially developed with Zaha Hadid Architects in partnership with Google Arts & Culture.

This installation offers a dynamic and immersive insight into the workings of Hadid’s paintings and will be available to view in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

Tate Lates and Friday Late @ Tate Modern and V&A / Friday 25th November 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Tate Modern 18:00–22:00
V&A 18:30-22:00

@
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

Free entry

www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/late/uniqlo-tate-lates

www.vam.ac.uk/info/friday-late

Tate Lates
Experience the gallery after-hours with a vibrant mix of art, film, music, talks, and workshops

They’re turning the volume up on London’s creative talent with a monthly event that will change your experience of Tate Modern.

There, you’ll find emerging and established DJs selected by NTS Radio, alongside world-class exhibitions, discover pop-up talks, playful artistic activations and hands-on activities and workshops. Or simply enjoy the space, the music, the views and the delicious food and drink offers. Uniqlo Tate Lates are free and open to all.

V&A lates
The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

What does it mean to augment your reality? From VR to the rise of AR, 2016 has seen our virtual and physical worlds collide like never before with game design leading the way. Let us distort your reality across a host of arcades, workshops and playful interventions that welcome you into new worlds.

Slick Willies presents City Slickers Skate Jam 2016 @ Better Extreme / Saturday 27th August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: 12pm-6pm

@ Better Extreme, Mayesbrook Park, Lodge Avenue, Dagenham, London RM8 2JR

http://extreme.better.org.uk

www.slickwillies.co.uk

Slick Willies presents the second annual City Slickers Jam at Better Extreme, taking place on the bank holiday weekend.

First, second and third prizes for the sponsored comp awarded in cash! Unsponsored and under 17 comps will also be taking place so get down early and get stuck into the session!

RSVP on Facebook.

Rooftop Film Club: Dance Week @ Roof East / from 23rd – 27th August 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Roof East, Floor 8, Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Way, London E15 1XE

Tickets: £15 book online

www.rooftopfilmclub.com/london

Outdoor cinema experts, Rooftop Film Club, have announced the return of Dance Week with a toe-tapping, thigh slapping movie line-up celebrating the silver screen’s most iconic movers and shakers at Roof East, Stratford.

From Baby’s iconic lift to the pelvic thrusts of Magic Mike, Dance Week – starting on Tuesday 23rd August – will encourage guests to cut loose in the aisles before, after and even during the screening helped along by dance instructors from the famous Pineapple Dance Studios.

To help guests channel their inner Tatum prior to the screening, Pineapple Studio’s resident choreographer Kira Bishop will be hosting 30 minute rooftop tutorials tailored to each movie and open to Rooftop Film Club tickets and Bussey Bar guests alike. Kicking off the week is rooftop favourite Dirty Dancing (23rd August), nobody puts Baby in the corner, but how about a rooftop?

Guests will also enjoy a bespoke Dance Week cocktail menu concocted by the Roof East’s unforgettable Spirited Mixers team– featuring flavoursome floor fillers such as the Bellini Elliot and Baby’s Rooftop Rumba.

As the summer heats up kick off your dancing shoes and enjoy a dance-a-long to your favourite dance movie under the stars:

· Tuesday 23rd August – Dirty Dancing – Learn how to Rumba like Swayze
· Wednesday 24th August – Magic Mike – Street dance with a bit extra
· Thursday 25th August – Bring It On – Cheer 101 with spirit fingers
· Friday 26th August – Billy Elliot – Modern Ballet
· Saturday 27th August – Step-Up – Learn how to street dance like Tatum

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