Satuday the 28th of April was a night full of excitement for Kentucky Derby Week‘s kick off, with various artist of from Louisville Fund for the Arts selected to be present their works at the Churchill Downs‘ opening night.
Event highlights included Awards in the Arts Orange, the Color of Creativity, where artists were encouraged to incorporate orange into their attire for the evening, The Jesse Lees at Plaza Stage, Louisville Crashers at Plaza Stage, 10 live races including the William Walker and performing artists: Acting Against Cancer, Amberly Simpson & Dancers, Bohemian Monkey, Bri Bowers, Casey McKinney, CirqueLouis, DESTINED Dance Company, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Grant Goodwine, GSA Alumni, Jecorey “1200” Arthur + NadaLoutfi, Juggernaut Jug Band, The Art of Kacy, Kentucky Opera, Kentucky Shakespeare, Kuvebo! West African Drum and Dance, Micah Chandler, Tatiana Rathke + Jennifer Greb, The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Louisville, Tyler Robertson and Wheeler Elementary Students.
“I recall non-existent and provocative spaces using different sets of plans; architecture and environment’s geometry inspire me to compose unreal spaces. My art represents places that can only be in the imagination and are simply not possible in the physical world.”
Untitled (Close to Now)
Lever Gallery, 153-157 Goswell Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 7HD
5 – 6 May 2018
Private View: 5 May, 6pm;
6 May, 10-4pm
Untitled (Close to Now) explores a range of ideas and contemporary issues including our technological age, our urban environment, the state of self and alternative ways of challenging systems for a new artistic language. In bringing together a diverse range of works and mediums, this exhibition attempts to capture a multiplicity of our present, where our reality is constantly stimulated and fulfilled by a surfeit of sensations, emotions, thoughts and provocations.
Featuring newly created works from UAL Central Saint Martins undergraduate artists: Tom Bull, Amanda Hellryd, Charlie Chesterman, Gordon Berger, Augustine Skottowe, Ayse Kipri, Elliott Haigh, Vince Hart, Pierre Pagy.
Untitled (Close to Now) is a group exhibition organised by The Curation Socitey (UAL). Pre-order a copy of the exhibition catalogue (and have it collected during the private view) on Kickstarter, to raise funds to cover the costs of the exhibition (until the 26th April).
Last week, on Wednesday the 11th April, the Artrooms Team attended FLUX Exhibition 2018 to choose one of their artists to exhibit at Artrooms Fair London 2019 as a guest artist. After carefully going through the works of over 70 artists, the chosen winner was Keith Newlove, with his work The Thinker made with 3D Pen (P.I.A.) and Perspex.
FLUX Exhibition is London’s leading exhibition to discover the most talented, dynamic painters, sculptors and performance artists.
FLUX has established itself as the platform for contemporary artists to be discovered and to be part of an exceptional, inspirational art event. Hosted by Chelsea College of Arts in London and curated by Lisa Gray, the founder of FLUX, this fifth, much anticipated edition brings 100 artists to the fore. Gray has hand selected the very best emerging and established artists for a five-day event.
The show represents an opportunity to gain access to a vast and diverse group of gifted artists, on the path to being the big names of tomorrow, showcasing international talent in a collaborative, inclusive show. FLUX celebrates artists on the precipice of wider accolade and fame.
24 – 29 April 2018
Private View: Thursday 26 April 6 – 9pm
As the title suggests, Context Free is an art exhibition with a free theme. Curated by Ana Cockerill, the show includes representational and non-representational artworks from any category of visual art: sculpture, assemblage, installation, painting, collage, textile art, printmaking, photography, filmmaking. Whether your work is thoughtful or spontaneous, concerning serious concepts or playful ideas – all forms of artistic expression are welcome. Exhibiting artists include Diana Krilova, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019’s applicants, Evaldas Gulbinas, Ivanka Kutner, Marta Boros, Ida Ndoni, Jenny BM, Patrick Newell, Boano Prišmontas, Ricardas Blazukas, Mariwan Jalal, Matti Su, Peter Raynor, JC Trouboul.
Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 1-7pm, Sunday 1-5pm
Closed on Monday
Komal Madar, one of Artrooms Fair Roma 2018’s selected artists, is launching a new solo art exhibition, Visions of Colour, in partnership with Hyatt Place hotel. Opening on Friday the 27th April, the prestigious two-week event will showcase the local artist’s unique, contemporary style; with a large collection of work on display including paintings featured in Vogue, House and Garden, and Inside Artists magazine.
The artist has been shortlisted for the Royal Prize Exhibition consecutively for two years. She said: “I’ve exhibited my work around the world and I’m so excited to launch my first solo exhibition in my home town in Hayes.”
“As an artist, I draw inspiration from nature and the world around me, and I also enjoy creating abstract works. My Indian heritage has played an essential role in influencing my style and I’m always experimenting with new materials such as Indian textiles, henna and Swarovski crystals. I have a diverse collection of work ranging from affordable art to suit any home, to large, luxurious pieces for the most passionate of art lovers. There really is something for everyone. I look forward to welcoming people to my new Visions of Colour exhibition, and hope that the local community will come along and enjoy my work.”
The free exhibition will run from Friday the 27th April to Thursday 10th May, from 9am to 6pm at Hyatt Place West London/Hayes, in the hotel’s glass-fronted bar and foyer. The hotel restaurant will be offering global cuisine throughout the day and all are welcome.
Dominik Strobel, General Manager at Hyatt Place West London/Hayes, said “with our Hyatt Thrive platform, Hyatt is committed to serve the people, the environment and the community and we are absolutely thrilled to have partnered up with Komal, our local artist. Our hotel is located in the heart of the London Borough of Hillingdon and we are so proud of our local heritage. We wanted to bring our diverse community together through the love of art, so it was really important for us to work with a local artist for our second exhibition. We were blown away by Komal’s vibrant style, Indian influence and authenticity, and we’re so pleased to welcome this up-and-coming artist to our hotel. We look forward to opening our doors to the public for the first Visions of Colour event.”
Hyatt PlaceWest London/Hayes, 27 Uxbridge Road, Hayes Gate House, Hayes UB4 0JN
For more information, visit komalmadar.com
Don’t miss the chance to Meet the Artist on Saturday, 21st April 2018 from 2-6pm at the exhibition’s party!
For more info, call 512.651.0505 or visit uptownrealtyaustion.com.
Opening reception: 12 April 2017 from 7 – 10pm
Exhibition will run from the 12 April – 13 May 2018
Gypsum Gallery, 5 Ibrahim Naguib St., Ground Floor, Apt. 2, Garden City, Cairo, Egypt
Opening Hours: Daily from 12-8pm. Friday 4-8pm. Sunday off. Or by appointment.
Ramadan Hours: Daily from 11-5pm. Friday 2-5pm. Sunday off. Or by appointment
Gypsum Gallery presents Remnants of Enchantment, a two-person show of new drawings and oil paintings by Cairo-based artists Doa Aly and Islam Zaher, one of Artrooms Fair London 2019 applicants who is showing at the Gallery for the first time. Aly and Zaher share a formative experience as students of painting at a state-run fine art school in the nineties and the works presented in this show track an ongoing artistic exploration of the legacy of fine art traditions in their practice.
In 2007, Doa Aly started a series of sequential pencil drawings based on illustrations of the human skull anatomy, as they appear in the 25th edition of Henry Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body. The series has organically evolved over the last ten years to reflect the artist’s interest in literature, performance, myth and ritual. Earlier sub-series of her drawings have featured depictions of dancer limbs, Victorian postmortem portraits and excerpts from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a narrative poem that Aly has used as a major source in many of her performances and videos.
Primarily line-based, Aly pushes the fine art tradition of human figuration to its limit. She is adept at controlling pressure, motion and a generative friction between pencil and paper. Her terse, lace-like drawings of repeated patterns are intensely emotive but not expressionistic.
Islam Zaher’s loyalty to the essence of oil paint as an alive, tactile medium lies at the core of his art practice. Obsessed with the expressive potential of color and paint skin, his work seeks to translate cerebral processes into raw, psychologically charged images. Zaher’s sophisticated palette and his annihilation of form and contour stem out of his expert draftsmanship and innate understanding of the medium of painting.
For Zaher, Remnants of Enchantment started with an imprinted memory of a neglected sculpture studio to which he would escape as a student of painting – where ambition and longing advanced in existential cycles. The nihilistic mood of the space, of unfinished sculpture, dusty props and broken furniture, and particular characters that frequented the workshop form the basis for his oil paintings and charcoal drawings. Traces of futile labor and ludicrous desire are rendered in uneven brush strokes and careful layering. Zaher’s bodily motion in the process of painting wrestles to make a socio-psychological state of existence transpire through a medium that is as hard to contain as the ambition it attempts to express.
Curated by Karolina Albricht, selected artist for Artrooms Fair London 2018
‘(…) we are familiar with things being either/or abstract or representational, but there is a third order out there (…)’ Jack Whitten, “Jack Whitten: An African-American and Pollock” Painting After Pollock
Third Order focuses on recent works of four female artists who push, pull, tug and examine the boundaries of figuration and abstraction in contemporary painting. The exhibition is not rooted in all-governing ideas, but embraces the subtle ambiguity of working between the familiar and the unknown. Personal narratives are created through different working methods, subjects and paint specific understanding of shape, colour and texture. The artists, following their visceral urge, develop a dialogue based on underlying search for the equivocal form. Not settling for a chosen camp or dogmatic structures, Third Order upholds an honest and unguarded approach to painterly exploration.
Agnieszka Katz Barlow’s paintings are made up of vibrant layers of colour and wayward flat shapes that act as surrogate figures. Katz-Barlow tends to avoid binary ideologies and instead embraces ambivalent spaces and anarchic identities. Interested in visual intellect and composing ideas from an internal digested pulp, Agnieszka lets her painting be a balancing act of opposing paradoxes. The narratives and spaces she creates are fictions that originate from, and can only exist within the language of painting.
Sara Dare is a painter and installation artist. Her practice explores themes of the relationship between process, environment, scale and ambiguity of form through an abstract and instinctive language. Playful and often psychologically charged shapes examine concepts relating to repulsion, lure, conflict and proxim- ity. Sara’s approach incorporates the awareness of the environment surrounding the work and she currently investigates site-specific painting and installation of oversized work in an architecturally challenging envi- ronment.
Anna Liber Lewis paints from life, from imagination and from memory. Each painting comes from an en- counter. She is interested in this moment, when something shifts: a metamorphosis that happens some- times physically, sometimes emotionally; manifested in behaviour, body language and visual signs, a shape shifting. The paintings shift between what is seen and what is felt. They morph between the act of looking and the manifestation of a sensation, be that flirtatious glances, desire or defiance. Oscillating between subjectivity and objectivity, ambivalence is the driving force, moving in and out of abstraction.
Karolina Albricht’s empirical approach forms a constant enquiry into human nature. Her work resonates as a human experience of duality, which applies to both formal and narrative aspects of her practice. Albricht uses elements of abstraction and references the familiar form, allowing the intended and intuitive to meet. The exact moment where two of the opposing forces meet injects an element of tension into her work. This is what then becomes a reoccurring, obsessive feeling or presence in her painting.
From February-May, Southwell Minster will be host to an inspiring major art exhibition which will encourage visitors to explore, through art, two key Christian themes: crucifixion and resurrection. Crossings: Art and Christianity Now is a two-part exhibition which will fill the Minster with 100 new works of art by 36 significant artists, twice! The first half of the exhibition, Crucifixion Now, will be on show during Lent from 9th Feb-21st March, and the second part, Resurrection Now, during Easter from 1st April-10th May, Ascension Day. There will also be education work tied-in to the exhibition with school visits and a full programme of supporting events for all to enjoy. Crossings is unique to Southwell and will not be seen anywhere else.
The artists will each present two new works made especially for Crossings, one for each half of the exhibition, and part of the artists’ brief was to explore the two themes in a new way, refreshing visually our engagement with suffering in our world today (Crucifixion) and the hope of new life in the world today (Resurrection).
Crossings is free for all visitors to see, and is generously supported by a full-colour publication which all visitors are encouraged to buy (£5). This 52 page Exhibition Guide includes all of the artworks on show in both halves of the exhibition, as well as information about the artworks and artists to help visitors get the most out of viewing Crossings, and also presents a special exhibition essay written for us by Dr Alison Milbank, our Canon Theologian at Southwell Minster.
The 36 artists involved have been hugely supportive of this project and it is with thanks for their contributions and excellence that Crossings enables the Minster to present an exhibition of both National and International significance. Artists include: Sophie Hacker, Nicholas Mynheer, Mark Cazalet, Iain McKillop, Susie Hamilton, Chris Gollon, Biggs and Collings, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Paul Benney, Kaori Homma, Siku, Ian Adams, Jean Lamb, Enzo Marra, Matthew Krishanu, John Newling, Lee Maelzer, Jennifer Bell, Derek Sprawson, Sarah Shaw, Ray Richardson, and many others.
Southwell Minster is open every day of the year from 8.00am to 7.00pm
Southwell, Minster, Church Street, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0HD