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At Art Market San Francisco 2017, booth 103

April 19, 2017 by Mary

Other Criteria is pleased to announce its participation at Art Market San Francisco from April 27th to the 30th. For our inaugural year, we will present a selection of iconic Damien Hirst spot prints alongside new ceramic works by Eduardo Sarabia and works based on dust jackets of Penguin books by Harland Miller.

Art Market San Francisco – the Bay Area's leading modern and contemporary art fair – returns to Fort Mason's Festival Pavilion from April 27th to 30th, 2017. Art Market San Francisco welcomed a record-breaking 28,000 visitors in 2016. The fair's seventh edition will build on this incredible momentum, welcoming important collectors and curators with unique and unexpected installations, presentations of the best in modern and contemporary art by eighty top galleries.

Art Market San Francisco will feature important returning exhibitors and will present a dedicated program of large-scale installations, driving the art experience out into the fair's public spaces. The fair's seventh edition will also feature an exciting cocktail program created and presented by Grand Lake Kitchen, SF Chronicle's "Best Brunch in Town," along with local beers.

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Fort Mason Center - Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123

VIP preview: April 27, 6pm–10pm
Fair: April 28, 12pm–8pm; April 29, 11am–7pm; April 30, 12pm–6pm

Mat Collishaw: The Centrifugal Soul

April 11, 2017 by Mary

‘We put too much of ourselves into our product facades, spinning too much mass to our outer edges where we hope it is both publicly visible and instantly lovable. One problem with this strategy is that it leaves too much blank space in the middle, so there’s not much of ourselves left for lovers or friends to discover in the long term. This could be called the centrifugal-soul effect.’ - Geoffrey Miller

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Mat Collishaw, The Centrifugal Soul (detail), 2016
Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern, Photo: Rémi Chauvin 

In The Centrifugal SoulMat Collishaw’s exhibition at Blain|Southern, the artist presents new sculpture, installation and paintings. Drawing on various forms of illusion, the exhibition explores ideas of superficial truth and the erosive effect of our primal urges for visual supremacy.

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Mat Collishaw, GASCONADES (KillingIt), 2017, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Prudence Cuming

Collishaw worked with evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller - whose theory is that the origins of art stem from natural instincts of courtship and reproduction - to produce the title work and centrepiece of the exhibition. The Centrifugal Soul is a sculpture in the form of a zoetrope, a pre-film animation device that produces the illusion of motion through rapid rotation and stroboscopic light.

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Mat Collishaw, The Centrifugal Soul, 2016, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet

The zoetrope animates scenes of bowerbirds and birds of paradise as they perform elaborate mating rituals. The work offers a captivating demonstration of how aesthetic diversity has evolved through sexual selection and also reflects the artist’s ongoing examination of our insatiable appetite for visual stimulation. Collishaw’s sculpture embodies Miller's idea that evolution has created an inescapable drive to be noticed above the visual competition, feeding our need for self-promotion.

Elsewhere in the exhibition, a new body of work continues the examination of visual power play. Twelve trompe l'oeil paintings of British garden birds tethered to perches reference the seventeenth-century fashion for commissioning portraits of prestige pets, made popular through Carel Fabritius’ painting The Goldfinch (1654). The colourful graffiti-tagged walls against which the birds struggle to stand outprovide a contemporary example of aesthetic boasting as a form of sexual signalling.

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Mat Collishaw, Installation view, 2017, Courtesy the artist and BlainSouthern, Photo Peter Mallet

Albion is a new installation that takes as its subject the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest, Nottingham, which has an almost mythical status. This centuries-old tree has at its core a hollow rotten trunk, and since the Victorian era its vast limbs have been supported by an elaborate system of scaffolding. Collishaw's monumental, slowly rotating image of the oak is a ghost-like apparition generated by laser scanning. The image represents a living object that is trapped in perpetuity to present the illusion of life. As with the tethered birds in Collishaw’s paintings, it presents a tension between the beautiful and the abject.

Throughout his work, Collishaw has examined the way in which we consume imagery and how our biology has conditioned us to respond. The exhibition reflects the consistent themes addressed in the artist’s practice and the diversity of his chosen mediums. Moreover, it questions how much choice we have in accepting what seems to be a natural preoccupation with self-image.

The Centrifugal Soul will be accompanied by a detailed catalogue which features texts by art critic Waldemar Januszczak, evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller and an artist interview with writer James Parry.

The exhibition precedes Collishaw’s new virtual reality installation Thresholds. Launching at Photo London, Somerset House on 18 May, it will recreate one of the earliest exhibitions of photography.

Please note that this exhibition contains strobe lighting.

7 April — 27 May 2017

Blain|Southern
4 Hanover Square, London W1S 1BP

Photos: Other Criteria at SP-Arte 2017

April 9, 2017 by Mary

Other Criteria at SP-Arte 2017

March 29, 2017 by Mary

Other Criteria is pleased to announce it’s participation in SP-Arte. Our booth will feature iconic Spot works by Damien Hirst, large scale limited edition lenticulars and screenprints alongside his collaboration with Lalique.

SP-Arte – São Paulo International Art Festival – reaches its 13th edition, constituting a dynamic platform for a cultural and artistic exchange between curators, collectors, artists, galleries, works and admirers of art. As such, it stands as the translator of the current, the new and of the already established production, in addition to promoting the professionalisation of Brazil’s creative market. During the event, modern and contemporary art are the centre of attention of debates and creations scattered throughout the city of São Paulo.

SP-Arte, the foremost art fair in Latin America will take place between April 6 and 9, 2017 with leading galleries, artists and talks that continue to enrich the vibrant local cultural scene. Transformed into the São Paulo International Art Festival, SP-Arte now extends beyond the boundaries of Ibirapuera Park to promote a citywide event that includes museums, galleries and cultural points.

The fair's various sectors offer a mix of acclaimed artists and a selection of works which inspire and challenge visitors. The Main sector includes international and national exhibitors presenting highlights of worldwide contemporary art and Brazilian modernism.

On the top floor, SP-Arte's Design Sector, in its second edition, will feature furniture, lighting, design objects and antiques. Known especially for its craft woodwork, the Brazilian design scene is one of the most prestigious around the globe. Exhibitors represent iconic names such as Oscar Niemeyer, Lina Bo Bardi, Roberto Burle Marx and the Campana Brothers, to mention a few.

Performances will also take place throughout the corridors as part of the third edition of the PerformanceSector, developed in partnership with the university of Belas Artes, under the tutelage of artist Paula Garcia. An open call that is already in progress will be used to select the artists to perform during the event. SP-Arte's Talksprogram in collaboration with ARTE!Brasileiros, promotes debates between local and international experts discussing art and its trends.

In addition to a strong program within the Bienal Pavilion, SP-Arte has partnered with the city's leading museums to organise events and programming. Gallery Night officially enters the SP-Arte week calendar with galleries, museums and cultural centres hosting special programming during late hours. Another event set to kick off the SP-Arte week will be the exhibition produced with Videobrasil, presenting an overview of contemporary Brazilian video art.

SP-Arte was founded in 2005 as the premiere art fair of its kind in Brazil. It has distinguished itself as the leading art fair in Latin America, renowned for its rigorous selection process and criterion to present the world’s most important galleries. São Paulo is a cultural hub, home to Brazil’s most prestigious museums, foundations and galleries. During the event, SP-Arte establishes partnerships with these institutions to create a strong agenda of events that engages locals and visitors to various cultural encounters in São Paulo.

Bienal Pavilion
Parque Ibirapuera, portão 3
Avenida Pedro Álvares Cabral, s/n
São Paulo, Brazil

Preview: April 5th
Fair: April 6th–8th, 1pm–9pm & 9th, 11am–7pm

Photos: Other Criteria at Art Central Hong Kong 2017

March 27, 2017 by Mary

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Rachel Howard at the Italian Cultural Institute & the Jerwood Gallery

March 14, 2017 by Mary

Rachel Howard’s first work to combine painting and sculpture is included in Sette Opere per la Misericordia or Seven Works for Mercy - an exhibition curated by Mario Codognato at the Italian Cultural Institute, London.

Howard’s work Controlled Violence (2015-2016) was acquired for the collection of the Pio Monte della Misericordia church in Naples, following the fourth edition of Sette Opere per la Misericordia in 2016. The exhibition’s title derives from Seven Acts of Mercy, the title of the famous Caravaggio painting, also housed in the Church, alongside which contemporary works, including Howard’s, were sited.

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The curator Mario Codognato asked artists to respond to the themes of the seven works of corporal Mercy: to give water to the thirsty, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead. Other participating artists include Antonio Biasiucci, Roberto Caracciolo, Piero Golia, Anish Kapoor, Henrietta Labouchere and Olaf Nicolai.

Sette Opere per la Misericordia (Seven Works for Mercy), is at The Institute of Italian Culture – 39 Belgrave Square, Belgravia, London SW1X 8NX – from 15 March 2017.

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Rachel Howard: You Can save Me
oil and acrylic on canvas, 30 x 36”
2015

Also opening this month, Rachel Howard’s work You Can Save Me will be on view as part of Look Back Now: Jerwood Gallery is 5. Aquired for the Jerwood Collection, the painting was part of her 2015 solo show At Sea; a signficant body of works which drew parallels between the sea, memories of childhood and ideas of being adrift.

Jerwood Gallery – Rock-A-Nore Rd, Hastings TN34 3DW – from 15 March until 21 May 2017. 

Other Criteria at Art Central Hong Kong 2017

March 9, 2017 by Mary

Now in its third edition, Art Central is recognised as a place of discovery and a platform for museum quality artworks from more established names to be exhibited alongside cutting-edge works by emerging artists.

Staged within an architect-designed temporary structure, the strong gallery line-up is complemented by a dynamic five-day programme that includes interactive installations, experimental film and performance, engaging panel discussions, as well as some of Hong Kong’s hottest eateries.

Billed as one of the most anticipated events on the city’s cultural calendar, the 2016 fair welcomed over 32,000 international collectors, curators and art enthusiasts adding a fresh new style to Hong Kong Art Week and firmly establishing itself as an unmissable art event.

Other Criteria will release a new limited edition print by Damien Hirst. The exhibition will show other works by Hirst as well as artists Gary Hume and Mustafa Hulusi.

Central Harbourfront, Hong Kong

VIP Preview: 20 March, 3pm–5pm – Opening: 5pm–9pm
Fair: 21 & 22 March, 12pm–5pm; 23 March, 12pm–9pm
24 March, 12pm–7pm; 25 March, 11am–7pm

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