Neal Tait: 'Les Toits de Parise'

August 27, 2009 by Kay

Neal Tait's show 'Les Toits de Parise' will be at White Cube, Hoxton Square from 2 September - 3 October 2009. For more information, visit White Cube.

For Neal Tait's work with Other Criteria, click here.

White Cube's Press Release:

White Cube is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings by British artist Neal Tait. This exhibition includes paintings made over the past year that are diverse in theme, suggesting many fragmented narratives.

Tait is adept at using different painting styles to create works that are otherworldly and strange. He condenses historical periods, mythically transforming objects and people in visionary landscapes. Forms change seamlessly from living matter into static object and from animal to mineral, and scales are often disrupted so that in these works, the viewer enters a tangibly uncomfortable space.

The title of the exhibition, an irreverent take on the romantic notion of the rooftops of Paris, exemplifies Tait's interest in the process whereby mistakes or misunderstandings can open up different uses and fresh meanings. The paintings in this exhibition, executed in both oil or acrylic and tempera on canvas are influenced by early Modernist painting, in particular, the work of artists on the fringes that were overlooked by art history but equally by the automatic drawing and the lure of the machine age that drove the Surrealist movement. In particular, Tait references Léger's delight in the spectacle of the everyday - the inherent surrealism that occurs with the rush of modern life, where objects and people haphazardly collide. Tait has an irreverent, almost childish way with generic imagery, so that what appears at first glance to be quite a conventional composition - such as a still life of flowers and objects, or a domestic interior - is made strange with a distortion of scale and with characters that seem to slip in and out of different states. In one painting, for example a mythical, Puck-like creature with a head made of fruit and a long insect-like tongue slithers along the floor against a background of solid golden yellow. In another, a world-weary, melancholic stone head floats adrift on a vast sea, against a background of burnt orange, appearing like a lost monument from some past civilisation.

Machine-like objects and hybrid, modified bodies appear in various compositions, as well as the repeated motif of a lone, reclining figure. In some works, Tait employs a monochromatic scale and a fluid drawing technique that is sometimes delineated by a heavy black line that he works directly onto the canvas, changing and erasing the composition as the painting progresses. Tait is also presenting new sculptures in the exhibition. Several different sized tables are grouped together like a family, on which a range of white objects are placed - things that Tait has accumulated from the area nearby his studio, spray painted white or cast in pristine white plaster.

Neal Tait was born in Edinburgh in 1965. He has had recent solo exhibitions at ACME, Los Angeles (2008), Sies + HÀ¶ke Gallery, Düsseldorf (2008), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2007), and Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Deurle, Belgium (2006).

White Cube is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am - 6pm. For further information, please contact Honey Luard or Sara Macdonald on +44 (0)20 7930 5373.

House of Cards

August 21, 2009 by Kay

An array of artists are joining Shelter in the 'House of Cards' campaign to raise awareness of the growing housing insecurity in the UK. The result will be a limited edition pack of playing cards, with each card representing a different artist's piece from the accompanying exhibition. Damien Hirst as the Ace of Hearts will be alongside David Bailey, Mat Collishaw, Michael Craig Martin, Paul Fryer, Rachel Howard, Rankin and Vivenne Westwood.

Seven of Diamonds, Rachel Howard

Seven of Diamonds, Rachel Howard

The 8 of clubs is reserved for the winner of the House of Cards design competition - the closing date is today so get your entries in quick! If you don't have an artistic streak, you can browse through all the entries instead, they are extremely varied in both concept and style.

The full set of cards will be exhibited between 24th - 28th September 2009 at Haunch of Venison, London. For your chance to win tickets to the exhibition launch party, click here.

The cards will be presented in specially designed presentation case and will only be available for a limited time. Preorder the limited edition cards by registering on the Shelter House of Cards website.

Hirst's unicorn at Tate St Ives

August 20, 2009 by Kay

Damien Hirst's The Child's Dream 2008 will be exhibited at Tate St Ives this October in 'The Dark Monarch'.

The Child's Dream 2008

To see our huge range of Damien Hirst products, from editions to publications, please click here. For further information, click 'Biography and Information' at the bottom of any Hirst product page.

Tate St Ives Press Release:

The Dark Monarch: Magic and Modernity in British Art

10 October 2009  –  10 January 2010

This group exhibition takes its title from the infamous 1962 book by St Ives artist Sven Berlin. It will explore the influence of folklore, mysticism, mythology and the occult on the development of art in Britain. Focusing on works from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day it will consider, in particular, the relationship they have to the landscape and legends of the British Isles.

Featuring major loans and works from the Tate Collection, it will examine the development of early Modernism, Surrealism and Neo-Romanticism in the UK, as well as the reappearance of esoteric and arcane references in a significant strand of contemporary art practice.

The exhibition will include a key work by Damien Hirst ­ the first time he has been shown at Tate St Ives ­ as well as works by important modernists and surrealists including Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore and Ithell Colquhoun; Neo-Romantics such as Cecil Collins, John Piper, Leslie Hurry and John Craxton; as well as emerging and established contemporary artists including Cerith Wyn Evans, Mark Titchner, Eva Rothschild, Simon Periton, Clare Woods, Steven Claydon, John Stezeker and Derek Jarman.

Exploring the tension between progressive modernity and romantic knowledge, the show will focus on the way the British landscape is encoded with various histories - geological, mythical and magical. It will examine magic as a counterpoint to modernity’s transparency and rational progress, but will also draw out the links modernity has with notions such as fetishism, mana, totem, and the taboo. Often viewed as counter to Modernism, the careful juxtaposition and selection of works on display will suggest that these products of illusion and delusion in fact belong to modernity.

Curated by Martin Clark, Artistic Director, Tate St Ives; Michael Bracewell, writer and critic and Alun Rowlands, artist, writer and Head of Fine Art, University of Reading, the show will be arranged thematically rather than chronologically, representing artists and influences across generations.

There will be range of events associated with this show suitable for adults and families featuring film screenings, talks and ‘The Dark Weekend’ over Halloween at the end of October.

The exhibition will also be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue containing contributions from over fifteen writers including Brian Dillon, Philip Hoare, Jon Savage, Jennifer Higgie, Marina Warner, Michael Bracewell, Alun Rowlands and Martin Clark.

Martin Westwood at N16 Fringe Festival 2009

August 19, 2009 by Kay

This weekend sees music, literature, poetry and art collaborating at N16 Fringe Festival 2009 in Stoke Newington, London.

N16 Fringe Festival

Martin Westwod will be at Praxis Gallery alongside Billy Childish, Steve Micalef and many more. The Grand Opening Party and Art Exhibition is on Thursday 6-9pm. Check out the full programme for the N16 Fringe Festival to make sure you don't miss anything!

Other Criteria have signed copies of Martin Westwood's self-titled publication available here.

Walking in my Mind at the Hayward Gallery

August 18, 2009 by Kay

Don't forget to go visit 'Walking in My Mind' at the Hayward Gallery before 6th September. This vivid exhibition sees huge-scale installations from Charles Avery, Thomas Hirschhorn, Yayoi Kusama, Bo Christian Larsson, Mark Manders, Yoshitomo Nara, Jason Rhoades, Pipilotti Rist, Chiharu Shiota and Keith Tyson.

Keith Tyson's  t-shirt 'It Resolves to One' is available through Other Criteria.  For further information on Tyson, click on 'Biography and Information' at the bottom of the t-shirt product page.

Walking In My Mind at the Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre: Curators Interview and Tour from Southbank Centre on Vimeo.

We're asking again...

August 3, 2009 by Ellie

It's been a little while since we asked you to mail us images of you wearing our t-shirts. Do keep them coming! We always like to know where they end up.

In the spirit of beginning things, here's Tom Graham's Urbane Jungle: