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Damien Hirst's 'New Religion' at The Lightbox

March 27, 2015 by Ishah

'Science seems to be the one right now. Like religion, it provides the glimmer of hope that maybe it will be all right in the end'. Damien Hirst, New Religion 2005.

           

The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking, Surrrey is one of the most exciting cultural spaces in the South East and will be hosting Damien Hirst's, 'New Religion' from Saturday the 28th of March until the 5th of July 2015. First exhibited at the Paul Stolper Gallery in central London 2005, New Religion has since toured to Oslo, Moscow, Venice, Sofia and now showing in the UK after ten years.

The exhibition will include a cedarwood crucifix inlayed with pewter pills, silkscreen prints depicting biblical chapters with images of corresponding medication, paintings and sculptural editions such as; 'The Eucharist', a large scale paracetamol carved entirely from marble. Another piece to show at The Lightbox is, 'The Fate of Man', a twelve-year-old child's skull cast in silver, revealing adult teeth waiting to pierce through which highlights the awfulness of death. All pieces juxtapose religious imagery with clinical beauty of pharmaceuticals and the brutal realism of the medical procedure. 

                           

The eternal themes of mortality and faith, combined with a fascination with science and technology, have been central to the practice of Damien Hirst's work. 'New Religion' juxtaposes religious imagery with the clinical beauty of pharmaceuticals and the brutal realism of medical procedures. Hirst says, 'I want people to think, mainly. In this instance, I want people to think about the combination of science and religion. People tend to think of them as two very separate things, one cold and clinical, the other emotional, loving and warm. I wanted to leap over those boundaries and give you something that looks clinical and cold but has all the religious, metaphysical connotations, too'.

The interview with Hirst by Sean O'Hagan can be found in the New Religion book published by Other Criteria and Paul Stolper in 2006.

The Folly Acres Cook Book by Sue Webster

March 19, 2015 by Mary

In this  semi-autobiographical book, British artist Sue Webster offers readers a rare glimpse into life as one half of the acclaimed artist-duo, Tim Noble and Sue Webster. The Folly Acres Cook Book combines recipes from the kitchen of the Gloucestershire smallholding shared by Tim and Sue, along with drawings, photographs, thoughts, anecdotes and personal memories.

Originally cooked for family and friends including the chef Mark Hix, and the singer songwriter PJ Harvey; the recipes form an illustrated diary of Webster’s life between the years of 2010 and 2014. Testament to her irreverent humour, Webster includes both classic and experimental dishes, alongside creative instructions for life in the country. She explains: “As I executed each idea I would test it out on a variety of guinea pigs, and recorded each dish on my iPhone. Sometimes I got bored of the edible dish and would photograph the garbage in the bin – the potato peelings and egg shells, as I found this to be somehow more attractive and synonymous to the trash sculptures that Tim and I had made.”

Introduced with an original poem by PJ Harvey that was inspired by her visit to Folly Acres, the Cook Book is hand-typed on a 1940s Olympia Robust typewriter originally developed for use by the German militia during World War II. Illustrated throughout with colour photographs and unseen drawings by both Tim and Sue, The Folly Acres Cook Book is an entirely unique publication from one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists.

In the accompanying exhibition of previously unseen unique drawings, we get a rare insight to weekends spent at Folly Acres. Sue exhibits works produced blindfolded, in a solo game of exquisite corpse. A drawing by Tim produced with a screwdriver dipped in beetroot juice; another using burnt matches on a white napkin. Subjects are personal; they include portraits of each other, the two rescue cats adopted by the artists with the land and close friend PJ Harvey – the singer songwriter, with her guitar. Sue has also produced a series of bronze sculptures including ‘The Carrot Family’, originally made from carrots grown at Folly Acres, intended as a centre-piece for a four course carrot feast one Saturday night.

Join Sue Webster & Other Criteria NYC to celebrate The Folly Acres Cook Book Wednesday April 8th 2015, 6–8pm, 458 Broome Street, New York City. There will be extract performed by Sue Webster and poetry reading by PJ Harvey. Signed books will also be available on the night.

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The exhibition will be running until May 6th. 

Other Criteria launch ‘I Am In The Detail’: a new print portfolio inspired by classic Penguin Play covers, by writer and artist Harland Miller

March 19, 2015 by Mary

Following a successive run of print collaborations, this new portfolio edition with Harland Miller consists of three silkscreen prints hand finished with gold leaf: 'On Me Not In Me''Health and Safety is Killing Bondage' and 'There's No Business Like No Business'. The works are available individually or as a portfolio in a specially designed portfolio titled ‘I Am In The Detail.’

Continuing from his renowned series of works based of the dust jackets of Penguin books, Miller combines the style inherent in the Penguin plays and finds a way to marry aspects of Pop Art, abstraction and figurative painting at once, with his writer’s love of text. The ensuing images are humorous, sardonic and nostalgic at the same time, while the painting style hints at the dog-eared, scuffed covers of Penguin books themselves, giving the feeling of familiarity assonated with a loved book.

On Me Not In Me', Harland Miller

Health and Safety is Killing Bondage'

There's No Business Like No Business'

Rack’em Up: a unique exhibition about the Young British Artists

March 12, 2015 by Mary

Shapero Modern, the Mayfair based gallery, is currently showing Rack’em Up: British Contemporary Editions, 1990 – 2000. Focusing on editions produced by the artists known as the YBA's (Young British Artists), this unique exhibition captures their determination as they made their mark on the international art market.

Sarah Lucas and Damien Hirst at the Colony Room Club | © Johnnie Shand Kydd

The Young British Artists emerged in the late 1980’s. The scene began around a series of artist-led exhibitions held in warehouses and factories, in particular the Damien Hirst-led ‘Freeze’ in 1988. Damien Hirst was still a student at Goldsmiths at the time. The YBA group shot to fame in the 1990s with the backing of renowned art dealer Charles Saatchi and have defined British contemporary art ever since.

Rack’em Up is a survey of the YBA’s movement. It brings together works by the leading artists of the period, including Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin, Mat Collishaw, Gary Hume, Tim Noble and Sue Webster. It seeks to capture the entrepreneurial, ambitious and happy to shock flavour of the period. It shows the YBA knew how to create and work, as well as to party.

Sarah Lucas, Self Portraits 1990 – 1998, 1999 | © Sarah Lucas 

From Sarah Lucas, who this year represents Great Britain at the Venice Biennale, is a compelling set of 12 self-portraits, including Self Portrait with Fried Eggs, 1996, a nod to one of her most famous sculptures, Two Fried Eggs and Kebab, 1992, in which a reclining naked female body is constructed from a table with two eggs and a kebab.

Rack’em Up: British Contemporary Editions, 1990 – 2000 runs until the 27th of March 2015 at the Shapero Modern gallery.

Other Criteria are at a new contemporary art fair for Hong Kong’s Art Week: Art Central

March 6, 2015 by Mary

Art Central is Hong Kong’s newest contemporary art fair. It will take place during Hong Kong's Art Week - a major rendez-vous that attracts more than 65,000 fair goers. It is turning out to be one of the biggest Art Weeks yet. Along with Art Central, the Spring edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show, Art Basel, Chai Wan Mei Art & Design Festival, ‘Hong Kongese’ – an exhibition presented in collaboration with Duddell’s and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, and other art events will be similarly taking centre stage this March.

Other Criteria at Art Central Hong Kong

Art Central will showcase upcoming talents as well as some of the most established worldwide contemporary art galleries. The fair will be housed in a custom-built 10,000 square metre tent piece designed by Stiff and Trevillion of London, which will be popping up on the Harbourfront for four days.

Exclusively for Art Central Hong Kong, Other Criteria will present an installation of artworks that explore the enduring appeal of the monochrome in art. The exhibition will feature celebrated artists who have collaborated with Other Criteria to produce a range of artworks including limited edition prints, photography, and unique works and sculpture.

The viewer of the Other Criteria installation will discover a stimulating sensory experience of multiple monochrome artworks by Damien HirstHarland MillerRachel HowardTim Noble & Sue WebsterDon Brown, and Johannes Albers.

Encompassing works of art predominantly in a single colour or tone, artists have for centuries worked in monochrome, often as a short hand for exploring line, form and light. With the dramatic developments of art in the 20th century, artists created monochrome artworks to explore radical experiments, most notably in abstract colour field painting and minimal art. To this day, in the era of high definition super colour saturation, artists continue to explore the possibilities of working in monochrome as dynamically as ever before.

Meet Other Criteria at Art Central Hong Kong, Booth D1, from March 13th to16th.

Drawing Biennial 2015

February 27, 2015 by Ishah

The Drawing Biennial 2015 will feature 200 recent works of art on paper by emerging and renowned artists such as, Rachel Howard, Tracey Emin, and Gary Hume. They are among a vast selection of incredible artists to feature at this year’s Drawing Biennial, held at the Drawing Rooms gallery in London on the 5th of March until the 30th of April 2015.

All of the artists have been picked by Drawing Room director's Kate Macfarlane and Mary Doyle, and additional nominations by leading international artists, directors, curators and collectors. Each artist will make an original drawing on paper with a medium of their choice. Rachel Howard will be showing an oil on paper work, 'The Cleft' (below).

In the final two weeks of the exhibition the Drawing Biennial with culminate into an auction with all works available to bid for on the Drawing Rooms website. This is an excellent opportunity for new and established collectors to acquire unique works on paper. All sales which have been donated by all participating artists will raise funds to support Drawing Room's programme for the next two years. 


Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector

February 11, 2015 by Ishah

Barbican Centre

12 February 2015 - 25 May 2015

The Barbican Gallery presents the first major exhibition in the UK to display the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. In this captivating show 'Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as collector', we are able to see artists collectables, curiosities, one of-a-kind curiosities, rare artifacts and specimens, the exhibition enables the viewer to understand the influences, obsessions and motives behind each fourteen artists. 

The curator of the show, Lydia Yee says,'Sometimes things are very rare objects and the artists are really connoisseurs, like Howard Hodgkin who's got an incredible collection of Indian Mughal paintings. I was also interested in the opposite extreme, the kind of collector who's not so discriminating and has a huge jumble of things.' 

Many artists live with and make direct use of their collections. Collecting objects for research and study is key to the practice of many artists in the exhibition. Artists such as, Arman, Peter Blake, Hanne Darbove, Edmund de Waa, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin and Andy Warhol. 

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