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Julie Becker: I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent at ICA until 12 August 2018

I must create a Master Piece to pay the Rent is the first survey exhibition devoted to the work of the late Julie Becker (1972–2016). 💷 💷 💷

Embedded in the psychological, cinematic and material geographies of Los Angeles, her home city, Becker produced a legendary, yet underrepresented body of installations, sculpture, drawings, photographs and video. These works speak to the language and mythology of the late 20th century American Dream turned nightmare, drawing from sources as diverse as Stephen King’s The Shining, Disney’s fantasy The Gnome-Mobile, Kay Thompson’s children’s books Eloise and suburban stoner myths espousing the karmic convergence between The Wizard of Oz and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon.

Within Becker’s drawings and videos of dreamlike scenarios, and architectural spaces realised at actual scale or as models, such shared cultural references collide with an idiosyncratic, and at times, dark aura of childish wonder and projection. Becker once stated, ‘A refrigerator box, in American cities, can be the last refuge of the homeless. They’re also temporary places for children to play in.’ In her work, interior spaces appear psychically charged and provisional, conjuring sites for potential refuge and fantastical escape.

Becker reflected on her own living circumstances while constructing altered narratives around other real and fictional lives. Works such as the installation Researchers, Residents, A Place to Rest (1993–1996) and the open-ended series Whole, reflect the artist’s direct experiences of spaces of precarity, such as a single room occupancy hotel or a dilapidated building caught in the flux of real estate speculation. According to writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus, Researchers, Residents, A Place to Rest combines, ‘a Balzacian zeal to excavate urban archaeology through fiction, and a very post-modern willingness to acknowledge the strange penetrations and crossed subjectivities that occurred in the body and mind of the [artist] herself.’ In Whole, Becker channelled the lingering presence of her Echo Park building’s former inhabitant, who had passed away from an AIDS related illness. This multifaceted project of drawings, sculpture, photographs and video moves between an imagined life and the very real spectre of imminent gentrification and displacement.

Throughout her work, Becker navigated the formations of truth, fiction and myth in both the material and symbolic realm. Considering the present historical moment, where a real estate mogul-cum-reality TV celebrity occupies the position of ‘leader of the free world’, Becker’s singular aesthetic visions unerringly articulate the fantasies and dispossessions underpinning the social imaginary of late-capitalism.

www.ica.art/exhibitions/i-must-create-a-master-piece-to-pay-the-rent

Location:
Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Times:
Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday 12pm – 11pm
Friday and Saturday 12pm – 12am

Price:
£1 includes a day membership

Inside Arc at Fashion Space Gallery until 28 July 2018

Archives are usually repositories of objects, not intended for further use, rarely displayed in static exhibitions or museum cases. 👗 👘 👚

The Arc is a working archive, consisting of garments, accessories and other paraphernalia amassed by designer Jennefer Osterhoudt. Many items are by John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, with whom she worked very closely from the beginning of their careers and throughout their time at Givenchy, as an accessories designer in Paris during the 1990s. Created by stylist Nick Royal, this constantly expanding collection is regularly frequented by established designers and stylists who use it for editorial photoshoots and campaigns.

This exhibition highlights the eccentricities and rarities from this archive, pieces that as much embody the processes behind creating elaborate toiles in expensive fabrics as reveal complex and labour-intensive techniques used by high fashion. Various personal items sit aside rare handmade invitations, crafted prototypes and toiles that made it into production and select examples are shown alongside a wall of photographs of her own vast shoe collection.

Showcasing these pieces reveals that an archive can be as much about preserving objects for posterity but as a resource to inform future image-makers as they reinterpret ideas from the not-so-distant past.

www.fashionspacegallery.com/exhibition/inside-arc

Location:
Fashion Space Gallery, London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London W1G 0BJ

Times:
Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 12pm – 4pm (during term time)
Sunday closed

Price:
Free entry

London Art Fair at Business Design Centre until 21 January 2018

Over the last thirty years, London Art Fair has given access to exceptional modern and contemporary art, as well as expert insight into the changing market. 👩‍🎨 👨‍🎨 🖼

Presenting leading British and international galleries alongside curated spaces Art Projects and Photo50, the Fair invites collectors and visitors to discover works by renowned artists from the 20th Century to today.

The Fair is an established destination for both museum quality Modern British and contemporary work from leading global names.

Sitting alongside the main Fair will be specially curated contemporary spaces Art Projects and Photo50, featuring the next generation of artists and collectives.

www.londonartfair.co.uk

Location:
Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London N1 0QH

Times:
Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday 11am – 7pm
Saturday 11am – 7.30pm
Sunday 11am – 5pm

Tickets:
Around £15 book online and get 30% discount compared to buying at the venue!

Dan Colen: Sweet Liberty at Newport Street Gallery until 21 January 2017

Colen’s first major London solo show spans over fifteen years and features new works, including large-scale installations.

Colen emerged onto the New York art scene in the early 2000s alongside artists such as Dash Snow and Ryan McGinley. Brilliantly witty, shocking, poignant and nihilistic, his art presents a portrait of contemporary America and is, in part, an investigation into the act of producing and looking at art.

Alongside significant early works such as Me, Jesus and the Children (2001–2003) – a photorealist painting of the artist’s chest, overlaid with cartoon cherubs and floating speech bubbles – the exhibition features paintings from Colen’s long-running ‘Gum’ and ‘Trash’ series. In the ‘Gum’ paintings, spots of brightly coloured chewing gum – usually only seen in the mouths of others or stuck to the soles of shoes – are layered onto the canvas as paint. The ‘Trash’ works incorporate rubbish and discarded ephemera, the kind you would often encounter piled up in the street. Referencing Arte Povera, Abstract Expressionism and action painting, the trash is mixed with paint and used as an unwieldy brush to form shapes based on Raphael’s exalted Madonna and Child paintings. With their irreverent borrowing from art history and disruptive combination of abstraction and figuration, they are paintings about painting, paintings about belief.

The exhibition features four installations, in which Colen continues to appropriate and subvert imagery from the globalised mass media and American subcultures. In these installations, Colen’s examinations of masculinity and individuality are brought to the fore. The bloated, spent machismo of the American Dream is laid bare to reveal a deep-seated existential unease.

www.newportstreetgallery.com/exhibition/dan-colen-sweet-liberty

Doors:
Tue - Sun 10am - 6pm

Location:
Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ

Price:
Free entry

Marilyn, Flowers, Lips, Gun, Mirror, Cactus at Ordovas until 16 December 2017

Pop is a movement that has been explored and celebrated in many ways; Marilyn, Flowers, Lips, Gun, Mirror, Cactus approaches the concept from a new perspective – that of an immersive experience with a design element, to transform the way visitors interact with the gallery space and works on display.

Paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann are shown for the first time in the UK among a limited edition of Gufram’s iconic Cactus, specially commissioned for Ordovas.

www.ordovasart.com/exhibition/marilyn-flowers-lips-gun-mirror-cactus

Doors:
Tue-Fri 10:00-18:00
Sat 11:00-15:00

Location:
Ordovas, 25 Savile Row, London W1S 2ER

Price:
Free

Bouchra Khalili @ Lisson Gallery / until 18th March 2017

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm
Saturday, 11am–5pm

@ Lisson Gallery, 67 Lisson Street, London NW1 5DA

Free entry

www.lissongallery.com/exhibitions/bouchra-khalili

First major solo exhibition in the United Kingdom by Moroccan-French artist Bouchra Khalili. Based between Berlin, Oslo and Paris, Khalili’s work explores the broad topics of migration and displacement through the mediums of film, video, installation, photography and prints. Largely inspired by the idea of journeys, both literally and conceptually, Khalili’s exhibition at Lisson Gallery lays bare the socially constructed nature of borders and challenges our fixed ideas of identity and nationhood.

Nowhere do the concepts of movement, identity and borders align more poignantly than in Khalili’s multi-channel video installation The Mapping Journey Project (2008–11). Aiming to draw an alternative practice of map-making, the work consists of eight films that focus the audience’s gaze on the tortuous and complex journeys taken by individuals forced to cross borders illegally. These journeys are literally traced onto a large map seen on screen, while the narrators recount the journey factually, vividly filling in the experiential details of their quests. In an essay for MoMA, New York, where the work was recently exhibited, Quinn Latimer notes that “the dark, pen-inked lines of [the migrants’] trajectories create strange and distinct constellations, fluid forms of statelessness that are posited against and over the more familiar coloured shapes and lines they cross – that patchwork of nation-states (colonial and other) that we have all learned to recognise like some international language of signs of the hegemonic world order”.

The abstract traces created in The Mapping Journey Project are realised further in Khalili’s The Constellation Series (2011). Composed of eight silkscreen prints, each of the Constellations translates the voyages recounted in the films into the form of star constellations similar to those that have been used in astronomy for centuries. Stripped of their borders and resisting containment, these journeys become fluid records of travels through space and time.

The final work in the exhibition, Foreign Office (2015), examines ideas of internationalism and solidarity. It is made up of a film, a series of photographs and a print. The work focuses on the city of Algiers and its position as an active site of revolution and anti-colonial movements between 1962-1972, with groups including the African National Congress (ANC) and Black Panthers having headquarters there during this period. Produced with the support of the Sam Art Prize, the film shows two young Algerians ‘re-writing’ history through images, language and oral narratives, while the accompanying series of photographs document the ghostly places that were home to these political movements, at once echoing the disappearance of utopia and its persistence to haunt the present-time.

The Other Air Fair and Moniker Art Fair @ Old Truman Brewery / until Sunday 9th October 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors:
Friday 12pm-9pm
Saturday 11am-7pm
Sunday 11am-6pm

@ The Old Truman Brewery, 85 Brick Lane, London E1 6QR

Tickets: £8 book online The Other Art Fair or Moniker Art Fair (includes entry to The Other Art Fair, Crossroads and Moniker Art Fair)

www.theotherartfair.com
www.monikerartfair.com

The Other Art Fair and Moniker Art Fair share the Old Truman Brewery to showcase art available to buy direct from emerging and undiscovered artists.

The Other Art Fair presented by Saatchi Art, presents 130 of the best emerging artists handpicked by a committee of art industry experts.

Moniker Air Fair is London’s event for contemporary art with its roots embedded in urban culture.

Both fairs showcase independent and established talent in one space and tickets allow access to both fairs!

Deptford X Fringe @ various locations in Deptford / until Sunday 2nd October 2016

TIME AND PLACE:

Doors: various

@ Various locations

Free entry

www.deptfordxfringe.org

A showcase of work from locally-based talent through an open call that invites artists to go and install work in Deptford.

In the past they’ve had art occupying shop windows, libraries, roundabouts, public walls, railway arches and pubs! No nook or cranny is left unfilled. This year they have over 80 different exhibitions and events across 40 venues creating a genuine celebration of local culture!

Events are located throughout Deptford, view the Interactive Google Maps and look at the events listings.

Artists:
Alana Francis
Alfie Dwyer, Dani Smith, Katie South & Will Butterworth
Alison Day
ALW at APT
Andy Nizinskyj
Anna Sebastian
Anne Verheij
Annie Om
APT LIVE
BEARSPACE
Brookmill Studios
Christy Symington MRBS
Clare Daly
Crossfield Studios
Dangerous Minds
Deptford Cinema
DEPTFORD DOES ART: TRIANGLE
Drawing Connections
Edwin Hind
Ellen Watson Curates
Erinyes
Eva Fàbregas and Rachel Pimm
Flâneurism (Rik Moran)
Gopan Iyadurai
Gorka Mohamed
Gossamer Fog
Helena de Pulford
Ian Bruce
Ian Gonczarow
Jake Chapman
James Furzer / Made In Greenwich
Janette Scott
Joshua Drewe & Devora Tancheva
Juliana Capes
Lara Proctor & Shaun Harrigan
Lawrence Preece
Levantes Dance Theatre
Lewisham Arthouse
London Drawing Group
Lucie Kordacova, Karolina Mikeskova
Madi Acharya-Baskerville
Margaret Jennings
Martha Orbach
Matthew Gould
Mr. Degri
news of the world
Nicholas Burwell and Tom Ravenscroft
Nicola Rae
Nomad Art School
Patricio Forrester
Paul Abbott and Alex Roberts
Paul Clayton
PJ Yeboah
Propeller Foundry Open Studio
Redstart Arts
Res.
Rose Cleary
Sally Wyatt
SALSAROSA
Soft Wax
Sound is sound is sound
South London Art Map
Stan’s L I F T
Steven Morgana & Matthew Verdon
The Interview Room
The Jericho Orchestra
Victoria Rance
Vinyl
Zbigniew Libera

Dancer Master @ Hang-Up Gallery / until 9th August 2014

Dancer Master at Hang-Up GalleryTIME AND PLACE:

Doors: Tue-Sun 12:00-18:00

@ Hang-Up Gallery 56 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7PB

Free entry

www.hanguppictures.com

Dancer Master, the vibrant and energetic multi-media show by the talented RUN – artist, muralist and street artist. Dancer Master will celebrate painting, rhythm, body language and dynamism in a new body of work created exclusively for Hang-Up.

Revealing his core inspirations behind the show, RUN explains, “Many years ago when visiting South India, a taxi driver that was driving me around the streets of the city of Colombo took me to a Hindu temple. Pointing to a statue of a divinity he said to me, “Here lies the dancer master”. The statue was beautiful; full of colours, with hands and arms that were made to give the viewer the impression of a dance of the spirit”.

Since then, RUN’s work has taken the direction of multiculturalism and has a distinct ethnic flavour. His signature style can be defined as traditional craft meets fine art with a modern touch of the urban, street art influence. Fascinated with life, feelings, cultures and ideas, RUN welcomes us to a new world – complex, but full of colours, spiritual and vivacious. Known for his love of travel and experiencing diverse, unfamiliar cultures, the artist returns to London with ‘Dancer Master’ to push the boundaries of the known and expected and give a totally different meaning of life and art as we know it.

Skin @ The Gallery on the Corner / Saturday 10th May 2014

10257813_677660865630879_4531853885540832859_nTIME AND PLACE:

10:00 – 22:00

@ The Gallery on the Corner
155 Battersea Park Road,
London,
SW8 4BU

Entry: £FREE

www.thegalleryonthecorner.com

Join The Gallery on the Corner for YOUNG GOLD TEETH’s first event. A collaboration between bloggers, creatives and big-thinkers, SKIN will feature artworks by a talented collective of up and coming artists working in a range of disciplines. Talk body perception, internet feminists, the music industry and advertising with us. Enjoy tasty cocktails, cut a rug to the soulful sounds of our DJs, take part in interactive artworks and discussion, get your ’empowerful strut’ on and take something created by artists or amazing collaborators home with you. YGT is bringing its celebration and support of young creatives into a physical space. 10am – 10pm, free entry. Drinks and music from 3pm.

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