June Art Diary: what to see this month

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As we step into summer, this month’s exhibitions bring us a refreshing approach to the use of language and technology in visual art. 

London Art Fair’s top recommendations for June include: recent projects by Rob Ryanand Stanley Donwood, the first major European exhibition of work by Eve Fowler, the triennial exhibition of The London Open and the opening week of the much anticipated summer design event, New Designers

Let the summer begin!

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This group exhibition explores the use of text in contemporary art, transcribed from every-day sources, using every-day materials. The artists embrace a broad range of mediums and influences including: painting, work on paper, video, installation, sculpture, performance and assemblage derived from film, signage, posters, advertising, newspapers, notebooks, diaries, clichés, graffiti, tattoo and schizophrenic acoustic hallucinations.

The show includes a performance piece on Saturday 23 June.

Closing 23 June

TAG Fine Arts

Rob Ryan | But If I Tell You It Won’t Come True

Rob Ryan’s solo show at The Art Workers’ Guild in Bloomsbury features a new body of work consisting of multi-layered collaged paper cuts, and highly coloured limited silkscreen prints – breaking away from his familiar monochromatic paper cuts series.

There will be a book signing opportunity on Saturday 23 June, 1.00 – 3.00 pm of Rob Ryan’s first monograph I Thought About It In My Head And I Felt It In My Heart But I Made It In My Hands.

18 June – 23 June

Jealous Gallery

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Stanley Donwood

The artist and writer Stanley Donwood, best known for creating the infamous album artwork and promotional material for the band Radiohead, is set to present a collection of extremely rare and sold-out print editions in East London.

These are taken from a range of exhibitions and projects from throughout Donwood’s career to date. The exhibition will feature a release of a new and exclusive screenprint.

7 June – 24 June

Art First

Paper Matters 2018 | Works on paper: cut-outs/collage/drawings

This exhibition is the second instalment in the form of a Residency from the series Paper Matters brought together by Art First. The underlying common denominator in the exhibited artworks is the implication of a narrative – as every piece tells a story, leaving it wide open for interpretation.

This year the exhibition includes the work of two ceramicists: Molly Attrill and Ffolliott Fisher.

6 June – 30 June

Dundee Contemporary Arts

Eve Fowler: what a slight. what a sound. what a universal shudder.

This is the first major European exhibition of American artist Eve Fowler, known for using art and language to disrupt and unsettle the dominant power structures that control much of the world.

The exhibition particularly reflects and expands on the artist’s intense and intimate feminist engagement with the expansive writing practice of Gertrude Stein, taking the form of posters, prints, billboards, paintings, and installations – employing materials such as vinyl, neon, collage, print, painting and film.

9 June – 26 August

Whitechapel Gallery

The London Open 2018

The exhibition brings together critical and dynamic art that reflects on the experience of living in a global city now.

This triennial open submission exhibition features 22 artists working across painting, sculpture, performance and video. Featured artists include: Larry Achiampong, who showcased at London Art Fair 2018’s Photo50 exhibition: Resolution is not the point. and Rachel Ara, who will be showcasing This Much I’m Worth, a piece which was also shown at London Art Fair this year, at Anise Gallery’s stand – via a live video feed.

8 June – 26 August

New Designers

Catch a glimpse of our creative future at New Designers – this summer’s biggest design event. The show gathers over 3,000 fresh creative talents across two weeks, from 27-30 June & 4-7 July, in London Art Fair’s home at the Business Design Centre, N1 0QH.

Book now and save 20% on your day tickets when you use offer code: LAFLOVESDESIGN at the checkout.

Learn more about the line-up of emerging designers online and book at newdesigners.com.

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CAPSID is the latest multi-media maximalist installation by London-based British artist John Walter (b.1978) for CGP London.

The exhibition presents a compelling, sometimes riotous and often surreal world, incorporating 250 works of art that are the result of the collaboration between Walter and molecular virologist Professor Greg Towers of University College London. This exhibition addresses a crisis of representation surrounding viruses such as HIV, by bringing new scientific knowledge about viral capsids to the attention of the wider public.

Discover more about Walter’s viral extravaganza in Louisa Buck’s review of the show for The Art Newspaper. 

Image Credits:

Image 1:Stanley Donwood, Somewhat Slightly Dazed, 2016. Courtesy of Jealous Gallery.

Image 2: Matt Calderwood, For Sale Chair (tons) , 2018. Courtesy of CHARLIE SMITH LONDON.

Image 3: Rob Ryan, This Would Be My Life Without You, 2018. Courtesy of TAG Fine Arts.

Image 4: Stanley Donwood, Treasure Island Sunset, 2014. Courtesy of Jealous Gallery.

Image 5: Jack Milroy, Flowerfall III, 2018. Courtesy of Art First.

Image 6: Eve Fowler, the difference is spreading, 2014. Courtesy of Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) and the artist.

Image 7: Rachel Ara, This Much I’m Worth (The self-evaluating artwork), 2017 (detail). Courtesy of Anise Gallery.

Image 8: Philosophy Clock, ATYPICAL, 2018. Exhibiting at One Year In 2018. Photo credit: Yeshen Venema.

Image 9: Installation shot of John Walter: Capsid at the CGP London—The Gallery and Dilston Grove. Photo credit: Jonathan Bassett.