LAF RECOMMENDS SEPTEMBER 2020: NEW APPROACHES IN CONTEMPORARY ART
As September approaches we celebrate a flurry of new exhibitions opening in galleries and museums across the UK, bringing the art scene back into our lives.
For this edition of LAF Recommends we have been inspired by galleries premiering new works by young contemporary artists: from Miho Sato’s exploration of light and shadows at Domobaal, to the energetic compositions of Arthur Lanyon presented by Anima Mundi and the uncanny characters depicted by Wole Lagunju at Ed Cross Fine Art.
Most of these exhibitions are now open to public to visit, as galleries are making remarkable strides in presenting us with safe environments to discover outstanding contemporary art again.
ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS
As a response to the sculpture of Barbara Hepworth, artist Hormazd Narielwalla created a series of 100 tiny paper collages on the pages of a found vintage pattern manual, exploring ideas about materiality, journeying and space.
The show displays an installation of the original collages, an artist’s book with the original collage sequence and new print works from Narielwalla’s recent series Supernova.
A dozen artists from Europe and Asia including Michael Craig-Martin, Hannah Huge and Miho Sato, inhabit this exhibition curated by Paul Carey-Kent and Yuki Miyake.
Some works are there either for aesthetic reasons or to generate confusion between what is 2D and what is 3D. Others investigate the various ways in which reality might get ‘flattened’ – when it goes online.
FREEDOM is Miho Sato’s fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. Her new series of work presents ambiguous paintings, mixing personal nostalgia with popular imagery.
Miho draws on a wide range of references, from Gainsbourg to magazine images, which ‘trigger’ faintly recalled memories of her childhood as the starting point for her paintings.
Arthur Lanyon’s new paintings, are multi-scale and energetic compositions combining intuitive figurative motifs with a painterly, gestural, abstracted language.
Experiencing Arcade Laundry will be like a progressive link between the arcade, the scintillating scotoma, altered state of consciousness, the mountain cave and the essence of child’s drawing.
WE ALL LIVE HERE
Wole Lagunju’s ink drawings, largely unexhibited until now, interrogate themes of post-colonial visual langues and cultural hybridity by pairing Yoruban art forms such as Gelede masks and indigo textiles with a diverse set of Western cultural references.
They’re uncanny in the truest sense of the word – familiar and unfamiliar at once.
BETWEEN THE GARDEN AND THE MOUNTAIN
An online solo show of artist Theodore Ereira-Guyer that showcases abstract and natural landscapes depicting the recurrent motif of the mountain, emblem of the ungraspable – alluding to concepts of memory, aura, past and future. These new sculptures and paintings were produced while he was quarantining in a studio situated amid a beautiful garden.