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December 11, 2012 by Georgia

Launch: New Sculptures by Marcus Harvey

October 18, 2012 by Georgia

Press release: London based Other Criteria is establishing an international following for its eclectic array of artist editions. Other Criteria welcomes Marcus Harvey as the next artist to produce a series of sculptural works exclusively created for the gallery based on New Bond Street from 25 October 2012.

The sculptures are portraits of characters inspired by an array of British history-mythology, flavoured by satirists from George Cruikshank to contemporary cartoonists (do we have a contemp example?).

The work consists of glazed stoneware and unique direct wax cast bronze sculptures. The direct wax cast process involves modelling wax in the way Harvey typically squeezes, winds and presses clay for his ceramic sculpture, the wax is then directly cast in bronze bypassing the mould-making procedure, with the hope of preserving the spontaneity of the clay work.

Anna Balecho: Memories, at all discount rates

October 4, 2012 by Georgia

NO WAY presents MEMORIES, ALL AT DISCOUNT RATES
4 - 31 October 2012
Round the Corner
Rua Nova da Trindade
Portas 9F A 9G
Lisbon

26 year old photographer/artist Anna Balecho is based in Lisbon, Portugal. A graduate of Photography and Visual Culture at IADE and of the Portuguese Institute of Photography, Anna’s work on 35mm film Reflex cameras explores a personal interior world.

Recounting visual memories, love, dreams, journies, and friendships, Anna’s work merges worlds of fashion, art and travels creating a laconic, wistful aesthetic that captures the quintessence of modern youth, fastidiously documenting perspicacious moments of fleeting emotion and beauty. Solitary figures, often half-concealed from the viewer, speak of the photographer’s personal everyday: encounters and perspectives which are distilled, blurred and isolated.

Citing Nan Goldin and Daniel Blaufuks as major influences, Anna has forged her own style, with a palpably feminine regard, which has proved instantly successful with audiences. As well as presenting work at group shows in Portugal and London, Anna’s work has appeared in numerous online and print publications in her native country and internationally, including Dossier, Dazed Digital, Dazed & Confused Korea, Volume magazine, Girls on Film, MetaL magazine, Parc, C-Heads, Magnetica, Contributor, Ballad Of..., Moxee.

‘Memories, All At Discount Rates’ is the artist’s debut solo exhibition, presented in association with creative agency NO WAY (London) and brings together a large body of work from almost two years of practice, detailing the photographer’s trips, behind-the-scenes insights, personal viewpoints and development as an artist, presenting many previously unseen images in a display of over 50 original prints.

further information: no-way.org.uk / annabalecho.com

Ayuko Sugiura' Second Skin at WW Gallery

October 3, 2012 by Georgia

WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden EC1N 8DX
Open Weds - Fri 11 - 6pm; Sat 11 - 4pm

From the press release:

The WW Gallery are presenting a solo show of works by Ayuko Sugiura. Working with sculpture and installation, Sugiura presents the viewer with a series of new skins, whether these are patterns projected onto a surface, layers of silicone, or tokens of identity; these illusory and visceral second skins present the viewer with an opportunity to question the invisible and intrinsic components of our cultural identity.

Examining the instinctual nature of religion in contemporary culture, Sugiura uses arches, crucifixes and icons as the basic structure for many of her sculptures. These references, estranged from their context, become as difficult to identify as the influence of Christianity in daily modern life.

The contemporary invisibility of faith; a sense of a belief in something whose shape and form we cannot identify, and who we can no longer give a name to, drives Ayuko Sugiura to search within her own lexicon as an artist for familiar textures and forms with which she can create a personal icon.

Looking through a hybridised cultural skin confused by global homogenisation, Sugiura’s explorations of traditions, practices and cultures approach the uncanny. In her surreal use of familiar symbols twisted into an unfamiliar iconography, birthday bunting made from pig’s ears, silicone cathedrals and pink elephant crucifixes are all results of the clash of cultural references. Sugiura’s works become hybrid forms, distorting our preconceptions and transforming our inherited perspectives.

Beneath the playfully surreal juxtapositions of materials and bright colours, there is also a more sinister element at work. The palpable legacy of sci-fi and psychological thriller leads the viewer to question how far the duality and multiplicity of identity, its consistently shifting form, is the realisation and revelation of a contemporary psychosis.

Ayuko Sugiura is an MFA Fine Arts/Sculpture graduate of the Slade School of Art, University of the Arts London. She was born in Tokyo, Japan and has been living and working in London since 2008. She is represented by the WW Gallery.

Curated by Debra Wilson & Chiara Williams

GROUP 2012 - Exhibition of 38 artists longlisted for the WW SOLO Award

July 31, 2012 by Georgia

WW Gallery
34/35 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8DX
1 - 25 August 2012
Private View Tuesday 31 July 6-9pm
Open Weds – Fri 11 - 6pm; Sat 11 - 4pm

The WW SOLO award is different to other arts awards in that its focus stretches further than just new graduates. Other art prizes might be on the look out for the new generation of YBAs in the budding talent of the freshest of graduates, but the WW gallery believe that artists can be emerging at any age. From over 300 entries, 38 artists were selected who will be exhibiting their work at the WW Gallery during the month of August.

A distinguished panel of judges, including Sheila McGregor (Chief Executive, Axis, the online resource for contemporary art), Helen Sumpter (Art writer and Deputy Visual Art Editor of Time Out London ), Kate Davis (Artist & Tutor in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art) and Deb Covell (Artist & Co-founder Platform-A Gallery, Middlesbrough) will then short list six artists who will be announced at the opening of the Solo Award.

The overall winner will be announced on the 25th August and will benefit from a structured opportunity; prize money, a three month residency and a solo exhibition at the gallery in January.  The winner will also be commissioned to produce a limited edition work for display and sale at WW Gallery next year.

Visitors to GROUP 2012 will be encouraged to vote for their favourite work in the show.

Sarah Gillham, Sling, 2012

Rob Miller, Death of Ambition II, 2011

Yukako Shibata, Colour of Shadow, 2011

The Yellow Wallpaper

June 20, 2012 by Georgia

The Cob Gallery 205 Royal College Street London NW1 0SG

22nd June – 21st July 2012
Opening 21st of June from 6.30pm
Opening Hours Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm

The Yellow Wallpaper features new works by six female artists made in response to ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, a Gothic short story written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Artists Eve Ackroyd, Becky Allen, Gabriella Boyd, Adeline de Monseignat, Suzannah Pettigrew and Flora Robertson will present works in a variety of media at The Cob Gallery, London from 22nd June – 21st July.

Written in 1892 for The New England Magazine, the text was hailed as a polemic feminist work that vividly explored female tropes of domestic space, motherhood, hysteria and the ‘strangeness’ of the female body. The work in this exhibition celebrates this beautifully wrought and terrifying story, reflecting on interior spaces, the power of imagination, and the role of medicine in pathologizing femininity.

The narrative describes a young female writer’s descent into madness at the hands of her physician husband whose misguided treatment for her ‘mild hysteria’ is to keep her secluded in a country house. Forbidden to work, write or socialise she is wracked with increasing bouts of paranoia as the yellow wallpaper of her room becomes a source of hallucinatory horror. Finally she rips the paper down to release a phantom woman trapped behinds its pattern.

Perkins Gilman wrote the story to challenge the medical discourse of the time after experiencing a near brush with insanity. Suffering from mental health issues she was prescribed the ‘rest cure’ by her doctor only for her condition to rapidly deteriorate. Eventually she abandoned the treatment and was restored to a sound mind. New interpretations of the story by contemporary artists tap into female imaginative and creative power – something explicitly suppressed by the ‘rest cure’ prescribed in female hysteria cases in the nineteenth century.

The exhibition is curated by Natasha Hoare and Roxie Warder.

Flora Robertson, A Constant Irritant to a Normal Mind, 2012,
Digital prints on card, Dimensions variable

Eve Ackroyd Better, In Body, 2012, Oil on canvas, 76.2 x 60.9 cm

Gabriella Boyd, Budding, 2012, Oil on canvas, 50.5 x 40 cm

Adeline de Monseignat, Mother In Child, 2012, Vintage fur, pillow filler, glass, transit blanket, steel, wood, mirror Sculpture: 50 x 19 x 18 cm Cell:83 x 130 x 160 cm

Broken Fingaz Crew at Shop 13, The Old Truman Brewery

April 20, 2012 by Georgia

Old Truman Brewery
15 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR London
Until 29.04.12 - Open daily 12pm - 6pm

Tonight will see the opening of Crazy Eye Hotel, the first major UK show by Broken Fingaz Crew, an incredible, pioneering, street art collective from Haifa in northern Israel. The crew's native city is a palpable influence on their work, alongside the ephemera of everyday life, 80s horror, comic books and artists such as Schiele and Lautrec to Parra and Mike Giant. BFC's work includes graffiti, graphic design, installation art and music.

As of tonight, they (four gypsies by the names of Deso, Kip, Tant and Unga), will present their work in the shape of a new large-scale, mixed media installation to British audiences in association with the London-based collective NO way. The exhibition, which is sponsored by BI-arts and Cass Art, will open to the public at  6.30pm this evening, and runs until next Sunday, the 29th of April.

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