LAF RECOMMENDS: CULTURE AND EXPRESSION
Continuing to celebrate the re-opening and remerging artworld, London Art Fair recommends a collection of contemporary exhibitions for you to explore in person, with artists capturing, representing and investigating the world in which we inhabit.
Discover group shows from Yamamoto Keiko and Alice Black.
Alongside, solo show from Black Box Projects, Nunnery Gallery, Huxley Parlour, Panter & Hall and Jack Bell.
REBECCA CHESNEY, LUBAINA HIMID AND MAGDA STAWARSKA-BEAVAN
22 MAY - 19 JUNE
A three-women show ‘Invisible Narratives2′ is a poetic investigation of place, space and time, through painting, sound installation and place-based research.
Each artists uses her work to uncover the hidden, understand a place experienced by those who know it well, and remember apparently unknown histories.
When places are on the edge of time and memory, how can we see what is there and talk about what appears not to be there, while there are issues no one wants to acknowledge?
How can we examine trauma by picturing the sublime; can incomprehensible events and dilemmas eventually provide openings for new political formations?
Prepare to be met with feelings of familiarity but at the same time unknown.
HAWKS IN HER HAIR
IVAN BLACK, SOL BAILEY BARKER, CAMILLA BLISS, GILLIAN CARNEGIE, SOPHIE CHARALAMBOUS, DANTE ELSNER, HANNAH LEES, CHRISTINE MARCHESE, HANNAH MURGATROYD, LOUIS OKWEDY, TRISTAN PIGOTT, CLEMENTINE ROBERTSON AND VICTOR SEAWARD.
12 APRIL - 7 JUNE
A group show exploring our material world, where humans live behind a wall of ‘knowing’.
Since we first learnt to grind pigment and make marks on cave walls, artists have sought to express the inexpressible in visual form. ‘Hawks in her hair’ presents the idea of artist as conduit, setting out to explore the magical and mystical artistic confluences that shape life today.
BLACK BOX PROJECTS
IMMINENT IMPRESSIONS - VICTORIA MARQUES PINTO
11 – 20 JUNE
Victoria Marques Pinto through mixed-media landscapes explores and emphasizes the human impact on the natural world.
The artist’s inaugural exhibition re-imagines landscape by incorporating found plastic objects into her mixed-media photographic compositions, giving a permanent and transformative presence in the landscape to the alarming rate of discarded plastic currently polluting the world’s oceans.
Discover in the artist’s debut solo exhibition, interventions into traditional landscape compositions that create strange new realities, sometimes witty and playful, but always hinting at a greater permanence and perhaps consequence – within her constructed landscapes.
ENNI-KUKKA TUOMALA: IS THERE SPACE FOR EMPATHY?
21 MAY - 8 AUGUST
Explore the first UK solo exhibition by the Finnish artist Enni-Kukka Tuomala.
The installation makes empathy – an often abstract and intangible feeling – into a physical and tangible form we can see, feel and enter.
The artist’s research and years of consideration into the subject of ‘spaces between people’ is at the core of this exhibition, with an emphasis on; investigating the public, social, personal and intimate distances between us and how they influence our abilities to meaningfully connect with one another.
TOBIAS BRADFORD: STAGE FRIGHT
18 MAY - 3 JULY
In Stage Fright, Tobias Bradford takes over the Huxley-Parlour project space with a band of uncanny, animatronic objects.
Taking imaginative departure from the zeitgeist of twentieth century machinated bands like Chuck-e-Cheese, the exhibition looks closely at these cheaply produced and almost sentient animated sculptures, whose performance will be jittery, intermittent, and nervous.
PANTER & HALL
SIMON QUADART: THERE IS NO CORRECT TIME
18 MAY - 4 JUNE
Quirky and eccentric compositions, deeply rooted in the aesthetics of post war British art by one of Britain’s most original contemporary painters.
Simon Quadrat was born in London in 1946, the son of Jewish émigrés who separately fled Germany in the 1930s.
During his school years he painted factories and desolate urban landscapes. Reading and visiting art galleries became part of his lifestyle; however, he has stated that at that time he “had no thought of becoming an artist.” Instead he read law at university and went on to establish himself as a criminal barrister in the Temple in London and then from 1985, in Bristol.
When not at work, he spent many hours painting and playing the piano. Yet, after thirty years, Simon “succumbed to a strong urge to paint professionally and so gave up the Bar to become a full time artist.”
MARC PADEU: ALL THE LIGHT ON ME
19 MAY - 11 JUNE
An exhibition of new paintings by contemporary artist Marc Padeu. This will be his second solo show with the gallery.
I want to paint the daily life of the people around me, my family and friends. Since we all live together, I share their moments of joy, but also their sadness. Everything is not perfect, there are a lot of difficulties. However, I don’t feel obsessed with just showing this state of affairs. When I manage to capture a moment of joy, a slice of happiness that is just as perfect. In a way, painting their lives allows me to talk about my own life. I cannot work without historical and religious references in my painting. History is my passion and religious belief has always been very present all around me.
– Marc Padeu
Padeu was born in 1990 in Melong, Cameroon. Upcoming exhibitions include a solo presentation at Peres Projects, Berlin. His work has previously been exhibited at the National Museum of Yaoundé, Cameroon and the National Gallery of Contemporary Art, Cameroon.
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