BAFA Contemporary is proud to present its major summer exhibition, Liu Bolin: Vanishing Point, the world renowned Chinese artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK.
Showcasing previously unseen photographic works, Vanishing Point explores Bolin’s signature method of using complicated and precise hand-painted camouflage to blend into painted backdrops, whilst continuing to raise questions about visibility, concealment, consumerism and the environment.
Evolving from his acclaimed series at Art Basel, Bolin’s latest work engages the viewer by allowing them to distinguish him amongst several vivid backgrounds; including beer cans, English bank notes and coins. Recognised as one of the most imaginative and engaging artists in the world of performance art, Bolin continues to push boundaries by incorporating others into the picture. Last year, the artist enlisted twenty homeless people to feature alongside him in order to raise awareness about the issue of homelessness in his home country.
Liu Bolin was born in 1973 in Shadong, China and studied at the at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Emerging with a number of prominent of artists reacting against China’s Cultural Revolution, Bolin’s work, like many of his contemporaries, engaged with the social concerns and struggles present in his country.
Seeking out global locations to stage his performative installations, Bolin became an internationally recognised artist and his work has been displayed in numerous museums and galleries including The Louvre. In 2013, he delivered a TED talk about the social and political issues his artwork aims to explore which received over one million views, and in 2016, he collaborated with renowned photographer Annie Leibowitz for Moncler’s Spring/Summer campaign shot in Iceland. Bolin has paired up with Ruinart for Art Basel in 2018, where he will display eight fascinating works.
Vanishing Point Private View 6-8pm 19 June
attended by the artist
Exhibition continues 20 June – 15 September 2018
BAFA Contemporary, 105 New Bond St, Mayfair, London W1S 1DN
@belairfineart | www.belairfineart.com | @liubolin
Kristina Chan, one of Artrooms Fair London 2018 and Artrooms Fair Roma 2018 selected artists, has just recently announced she will be teaching a 2 Day workshop at the V&A Museum in July!
In this two day workshop she will present her unique technique of laser etchings on wood. Go and be inspired by the incredible archives of the V&A and create your own piece of art to take home!
The Process: Laser-etched woodcuts
These incredibly detailed woodcuts utilise the pinpoint precision of lasercutting to ‘etch’ a plate with photographic precision. These plates are then inked in the traditional intaglio style of “a La poupee”, which means “as a doll.” It is a technique that applies multiple colours of ink onto the plate simultaneously, which is then printed in a single pull. The application of colour provides a variable unique yet reproducible substrate: both plate and print, multiple and singular. The application of the mechanical and analogue processes creates a two-dimensional collision between the traditional and contemporary that is integral to my practice. The resulting works are both plate and print, works made in relief, carved as woodcuts, digitally engraved as if photographic negatives and inked to create the “developed” or positive image.
Book your tickets here.
Fridays 6 & 13 July
London SW7 2RL
Zari Gallery is proud to announce the opening of its latest exhibition Triumvirate, a series of paintings from artists Teresa Rubio, Carlos Vivar & Renatta. This is poetic, innovative and eclectic amalgamation of Art from the western and southern hemispheres and will be hosted from Monday 4th June to Friday 15th June 2018.
Teresa Rubio reflects her search for inner silence, a quest for expressing inner experiences of
wonder, peace and joy. It is to be found in her contemplative paintings of power and gentle
beauty. In colour, tone, composition and form her images reveal great artistic skill and aesthetic
pleasure. These silent images speak a language of their own but nevertheless one that can be
Carlos Vivar manages to embody a very strange combination of passion and sweetness, fiction and symbolism, happiness and metaphor. His artwork can be compared to an array of coloured light beams with a mixture of soil and sand melting in a texture full of emotions. Fusions of light, harmony and figurative style provoke mild palpitations. His creations are irresponsibly mature and with a profound taste of enjoyment. Carlos Vivar is different, self-taught, figurative and with a mixed technique that captives and transcends the conventional.
Renatta echoes a multitude of influences and personal journeys. One sees aboriginal themes brought to life through colour and, the re-emergence of pop-art teamed with a strong geometric backbone. Her work is intrusively bold and yet, serenely, depicts love, frustration, euphoria and joy. Specialising in the use of acrylic and pencil one sees a positive future for the artist.
Together, the art work of Rubio, Vivar and Renatta creates a soul-enriching, welcoming and explorative narrative; the works address the struggle of man through his culture, socio-political, spiritual and physical quest for serenity.
With broad brushes of desire and sporadic splatters of paint, shifting paradigms and evoking a myriad of experiences and emotions, Zari Gallery invites you to bear witness to this atmospheric exhibition, Triumvirate.
3 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EJ
T: 0207 580 7759
Beyond Boundaries: The Journey of Indian Art from Bengal School to contemporary
PRESS NIGHT & PRIVATE VIEWING:
Thursday 10th May, 6pm – 9pm
Le Dame Art Gallery, Meliá White House, 1 Albany Street, London NW1 3UP
Le Dame Art Gallery and Abundant Art Gallery are proud to present Beyond Boundaries: The Journey of Indian Art from Bengal School to contemporary. This is a unique opportunity to experience afresh the flavour of Indian contemporary art and its present trends.
Beyond Boundaries show cases fifteen artists who represent not only the unbroken heritage of Indian art dating back to Mughal miniatures but also how India is responding to more global ideas in the post-modern sense.
Our selection of artists represents the widest possible form of expressions and creativity. They exhibit a vast horizon depicting reimagining of the Bengal school in Mohi Paul’s works to the abstract explorations of inner emotions by Shad Fatima. They showcase an element of sensibility, which is embedded in Indian culture and heritage with the signs of co-travelling with world art at large. Our artists play a variety of media including watercolour wash technique, acrylic and oil. There are traditional Indian motifs, mythical and historical contents as well as articulations of the artists’ inner journeys. It’s like a grand old man with a distinct cultural root stepping out into a new world full of new possibilities and potentials.
Indian Art has travelled a long way since the introduction of western methods by the British in the 19th century. British colonial rule added another important influence on art in India and led to a fusion of styles and techniques. In the early 20th century Indian identity and heritage reasserted itself with the emergence of the Bengal School of Art. With the active encouragement of British art teacher E.B. Havell (1861- 1934) Indian artists in Calcutta adopted traditional Indian ways of painting notably Mughal miniature style or folk styles such as “Kalighat”. They used indigenous techniques such as the wash method. This led to a debate about what Indian art should aim for? Historicity or embrace all international trends to reflect modern thought. Luckily contemporary Indian art has struck a balance between the two and coursed a journey which is much more reflective of India and her current position and context in the world. We see a more confident contemporary art in India today, which is distinctively Indian, yet at the same time embraces elements of global art trends.
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This past March, Executive Director of Barrett Art Center Joanna Frang notified Katherine Filice, one of Artrooms Fair London 2018’s selected artists, as selected for Fun House: Art of the Surreal, Fantastic and Bizarre 2018 exhibition, stating “distinguished jurors, Danijela Purssey and Istvan Banyai, have thoughtfully and carefully selected 75 works from a total of 960 entries from 229 artists“.
Filice’s selected works for the exhibition are Heal and Resigned, both pen and ink on paper and produced in 2017. These works have also been showcased at Artrooms Fair London 2018 this past January.
Fun House 2018 will be open from Saturday the 12th May through Saturday the 23rd June 2018 in the galleries of Barrett Art Center’s historic 1840’s townhouse, located at 55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA. An opening reception will be held on the 12th May from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Jurors’ Prizes will be announced at 5:00 p.m.
Opening Hours are Wed-Fri, 10am-3pm and Sat, 12pm – 3pm during exhibitions.
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.
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
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