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Art Swap Evening: Wed 20th April 6.30 - 9pm

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Apr 17, 2011 22:13
Here's a nice idea I got an email about this week from Gallery320:

Do you have a piece of your art, print, painting, music cd, art film, anything you would swap for someone elses? Then come along & bring along a drink if you wish.Don't worry if you have nothing to swap, feel free to come anyway - why not eh. I'll be there, so hopefully see you there.

Handy tip - the Gallery entrance is via Voss Street - a kooky little lane behind Bethnal Green Road


320 Bethnal Green Road

London E2 0AG

020 7739 8385

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Emma Talbot at Kate MacGarry

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Mar 09, 2011 22:53

Me and My Shadow at Kate MacGarry on Vyner Street
11 March - 17 April

I saw Emma Talbot's work for the first time last year with a tour to Transition Gallery and Ally (painter and key team member at Transition) gave us a real understanding of it. I knew I wouldn't forget this series of illustrations of Talbot's grief for her husband. Part of the reason for this was the certainty that I would see it again.

Me and My Shadow at Kate MacGarry features three artists, Jennifer Cohen, Marta Pierobon and Emma Talbot who, according to the press release "unite feminine expression in the physical presence of their art - from bold geometric shapes to delicately painted figurines." I would say that Talbot's fragmented story board style works-on-paper are too humanist and universal in subject and appeal to be categorised so definitively as 'feminist'. (I don't know Cohen or Pierobon's art).

"We are taken to the interior worlds of figures that are almost cartoon-like in their naivety, yet that possess a melancholy of complex intimacy." This I totally agree with. Go see this show if you can. It will be on for five weeks so plenty of time to plan your visit.

Bit of bio info: 

Emma Talbot was born in 1969 in Worcestershire; she lives and works in London. Her most recent solo exhibition was Pictures From My Heart, Transition Gallery, London (the one I mentioned in the first paragraph), 2010. Recent group exhibitions include Told, Hales Gallery (a great gallery), London 2011; Party!, New Art Gallery, Walsall, 2010; Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London, 2008.

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Valentines with Jennifer Locke

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Feb 14, 2011 13:43
I do actually like Valentine's. Not the cheesiness. Cheesy people go for that and conversely the appropriate cynicism is for the cynics. The opportunity it gives to talk about thingsother than those of a seemingly normal day, possibly related to love, are what I like.

Jennifer Locke and her work 'Match', which is currently on show at Guest Projects in East London, along with a bunch of talented, mostly performance/ video artists is my chosen 'thing' to comtemplate this year:

MATCH, a 6 minute 16 second video shown on loop is a film of the artist 'Grappling with a much heavier and more advanced opponent, my labored breathing is documented by a wireless microphone hidden in my sports bra.' That's it. That's all we're given with regard to explanation/ interpretation of this intense video. And that's all we need as far as I am concerned because this potentially powerful piece is unlocked by your reaction.


until FRI FEB 24, 2011

Happy Valentines

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NETTIE HORN's Antti Laitinen

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Feb 01, 2011 19:35
I'm being provocative - or at least I am trying to be with the title of this post. Laitenin's work exposes ideas of possession as ridiculous. Possessing and 'owning' land, an identity or fixed identity at least, nationality, history, all of it. Subtly, subversively, unassumingly and humorously, Laitenin explores and potentially destroys it all in his projects which take the form of interrelated performances - sometimes taking place over many months, as in It's My Island where Laitinen built an island by manually stacking sandbags from the seabed up and finally planting a solitary tree on it - photographs and films.

You can see his work on NETTIE HORN'S site and even better in May when he will have a solo show there. I will definitely review the show so stay tuned.

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Muffe di Davide

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Dec 20, 2010 22:46

I do know this artist personally but if you think I am biased you are mistaken. Never before has someone I know had to prove their brilliance to me more than Davide D'Elia. I am not sure why, but I think it is because his smile can be deceiving and I was deceived.

I remember asking him at an exhibition including his work over a year ago, why he had placed his four framed photographs two over two, like a grid. 'Because' Davide replied in his strong italian accent 'it makes a cross shape and my art is my religion'. Whether he made it up on the spot or not I believe now that he meant it.

So who is he and why am I talking about him? - I am following the time honoured TV tradition of trawling through last year's art adventures and focusing on the highlight.

East London based for the last 3 years, Davide is an artist patiently expecting the right moment(s) to arrive. This March was one such moment; his solo exhibition in the Roman gallery Ex Elettrofonica, which was hijacked by a bunch of east Londoners seeking some sun light, some inspiration and Davide's moulds (muffe in italian).

The name of the exhibition; 'Yesterday I distractedly called upon my mind memories not mine...(I was by them enlivened).f.p.' cryptically describes Davide's relationship with the moulds, conjured like spirits from the walls in an intriguing amateur scientific process over a period of 15 days. These moulds and their surrounds appeared like ephemeral free range versions of Lucio Fontana's golden eggs. And the gallery interior, designed by the students of Zaha Hadid, looks like a plaster tree with stem and branches simultaneously filling and perforating the space beautifully. The mould grew in shapes as if shadows of the architecture's negative space.

I had never seen anything like this before, these terrific survivors, evocative and enlivening and I did not expect it from an artist's first solo show but as I said this artist waits until he is ready, for the right conditions, just like a rainbow, and rainbows never disappoint.

I'm looking forward to the next public apparition of Davide's art and I will make sure you hear about it.

For more information on the artist and work that intrugued me intermittently all year:

Happy happy Christmas and Bon bon New Year my most appreciated readers.

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Schwartz Gallery: Kit Poulson and Alex Baker

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Nov 30, 2010 22:14
Review: Alex Baker and Kit Poulson – House for the Future

24th November – 19th December

Schwartz Gallery, run by Ismail Erbil and Patrick Michalopoulos

Patrick was there to greet people as they came into Schwartz on Wednesday evening, advising people to spend some time in the cubes. It was good advice. Artists, Alex Baker and Kit Poulson created the two eight-foot square cubes together over the space of 12 days in the gallery space. These diagonally placed structures form the principal parts of their collaboration, currently in Schwartz main space – Schwatz having recently created a new discreet project exhibition space, happily dividing up the previously intimidatingly-large space into a more manageable and audience friendly environment.

When I walked into the first cube, perforated here and there with shards of its wood cut outwards and inwards, I was alone, with just a record player with three metallic balls the size of a small child’s fist spinning on a record-less record player - spinning around at what seems like different speeds, but in reality they are just placed at different distances from the central turning point. The effect is hypnotic and reminds me a little of a time I walked into Germaine Kruip’s exhibition, The Illuminated Void, in the Approach Gallery in February 2008. A good while ago now I suppose. Kruip’s rotating mirrors moved on different axes, twisting and turning around each other, bouncing the brilliant light coming in the windows around the empty gallery. All the while my reflection was there, and as I felt it, I began to rotate in slow sommersaults with the mirrors. Very beautiful and very soothing somehow. The sensation is not as dramatic here in Schwartz but similar and comparable in the thoughts it provokes of physics and art playing together in, at first, a raw, simplistic way and then gradually into what I realised to be a very sophisticated game.

It’s worth including the words of Poulson and Baker, who’ve been working together for 10 years “producing live works and installations that explore the edges of sound, text, objects and movement” in explaining the exhibition as a whole and its coming together.

“Building outwards to escape from our own plans, to subvert our own thoughts…We begin with two eight-foot square cubes, occupying one each. From here we explode out into the gallery space. The work becomes a conversation as our paths meet. We continue to move freely, interrupting and overwriting the actions of each other, the cubes transform into new forms.”

There are other works; “four tables, sites for performance, a mixture of fiction, strange carpentry, sonic surgery and sculptural cooking.” Two of these pieces stick in my mind. One a Russian doll table, the pyramid base crowned by the smallest table has been cut in half and attached to a halved miniature black cube. Again it’s playful. The simplicity is easy on the eye. The untreated wood gives you the feel of being in a studio, a carpenter’s studio who has bee experimenting on a non-commissioned work, and just swept away the shavings and saw dust. The other work is two pendant paintings, one by Poulson, one by Baker. Immediately you know who’s who and through them you can see who has dominated which decisions.

Both artists are abstractionists, realising a physical conversation together, exploring initially simple plans and developing them into sophisticated compositions, constantly maintaining the space for possibilities and accidents or as they say themselves, creating ‘architectural confection’.

Schwartz Gallery Project Space currently presents ‘Self help’, a new work by London-based artist David Blackmore.

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Me likies Animation

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Nov 27, 2010 11:58
The question is will I like this Polish animation that IMT gallery, on Cambridge Heath Road in Bethnal Green, is showing for our next First Thursday on 2nd December. The only thing to do is to find out and the risk is lessened by Lindsey and Mark who make a lot of good decisions for IMT.

So heres the info - maybe see you there, maybe not, either way check out IMT Gallery when you do have a chance... (apologies for the lack of punctuation; using an italian keyboard, grrrr). Akso I am trying to learn Photoshop a little more - hence the little picture of Polski Mickey.

The evening of short films consists of Groundbreaking work by seminal artists including Józef Robakowski, Jerzy Kalina, Stefan Themerson and Tomek Sikora, and ranges from the 1940's to 2007. Abstract films, films composed of photographic images subjected to manipulation and pieces drawn in an unconventional fashion will be screened. Pawel Kaminski, not sure who he is, but apparently he will be available throughout the evening to answer any questions, which is always nice.

Admission is free.

Unit 2/210, Cambridge Heath Road,

London, E2 9NQ UK

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Glitzy Glitzy Art Blitzy

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Nov 22, 2010 22:00
I'm in the business of selling now - well marketing anyway - serious marketing, for London Art Fair and (if I do say so myself) this year there is a cracking line up for the Fair.
And lots of trendy east endy galleries are involved including my fav PayneShurvell, then there's Vegas Gallery, NETTIE HORN, CHARLIE SMITH london, Chisenhale Gallery who are tag teaming with Studio Voltaire, a nice little cross Thames partnership.

Anyway plugging aside and back to the subject of selling - Cathy Lomax and the gang a Transition Gallery are currently hosting a fantastic recession-depression busting Art Auction and there's a heck of a lot of art up for grabs.

Cathy asked myself and a few other heads in the active art world to recommend to you our favourite works so have a look here, even if you are window shopping and certainly come along to the live event this Saturday - from 7pm at Transition in Regent Studios - in Cathy's words:

'Auction night at Transition will have cocktails, music by Another Guy Called Gerald, A.R.T Poker and a performance by Dominic Allan ... so dress to impress.'

Andrew Curtis, Hills Hoist, 2009, print on paper on linen on wood, 18x27cm

As ever, I look forward to seeing you there...

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Two Great Exhibitions on Now

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Nov 21, 2010 19:15
There's two galleries I'm very excited about at the moment - one is TINTYPE on Redchurch Street run by Teresa Grimes and the other is PayneShurvell off Curtain Road; the brain and love child of James Payne and Jo Shurvell.
Both are currently presenting the work of young female artists. I could try and make comparisons and the comparisons could be easily justified but actually it kind of annoys me the way this always happens to female artists. In order to legitmise talking about their work, people compare them to other female artists. I just wanted to say that because I had considered comparing them.

Suki Chan, 2008, Thames Town, China, Giclee print with pigment inks

Suki Chan, showing at TINTYPE, was in the School of Saatchi tv programme a couple of years ago and since then I hadn't heard much to anything about her but boy oh boy has she been busy.
We met her recently at the gallery for an Artfeelers tour and she walked us around her art. Eloquently, confidently and quietly passionate, she explained each piece.
There's a lot going in each and as you may know I never like to recount what's in an exhibition because these are (sign) posts not reviews and my intention is always to encourage you to go and actually see it. So, I'll just say that the title of her work 'Sleep Walk Sleep Talk' explains a lot about the ethos of her work in general, and its effect. As most of us sleep walk through our cities, our lives, often repeating the same thoughts, actions, reactions, Suki is busy doing the opposite, exposing the ideas and mechanisms that pre-decide how we first of all orientate ourselves in relation to all else, how we behave within the templates we are given and how strange, funny and beautiful all this can seem. If we take the time to look beyond the initial very obvious aesthetic appeal of each photo, video, sculpture, Suki will provoke us to contemplate our daily situations and essentially (hopefully) wake us up a little.
11 Nov - 18 Dec 2010

Anka Dabrowski, 'Untitled', 2010, 30 cm by 30 cm, pencil, spray paint and watercolour on paper. Courtesy of PayneShurvell Gallery London.

I have to admit, I need to go back and see this exhibition again properly because I saw it on the opening night. But I first saw Anka's work in PayneShurvell's first ever show in June this year - a small sculptural piece representing a Polish building, attached at eye level to the wall. Anka's statement explains her work pretty well in these two paragraphs:

'In her delicate drawings, tenement blocks, shop fronts and street signs are set adrift against the disquieting blankness of an empty page. Contrasting with the fragile precision of her drawn lines, Dabrowska uses spray-painted marks to reproduce the irreverent patter of Warsaw graffiti-while semi-abstract designs recall the half-remembered fragments of domestic interiors.

The three dimensional works are based on makeshift commercial structures that punctuate Eastern Europe. Haphazard collages of impoverished materials- suggesting an almost schizophrenic confusion of internal and external space– Dabrowska’s improvised ‘kiosks’ offer a noisy counterpart to the whispered eloquence of her drawings.'

19 November to 18 December 2010

Two fantastic exhibitions - one on Redchurch Street and the other 10 minutes walk away, if even, on Hewett Street off Curtain Road. Go!

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radio gaga with Camberwell Foxes

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Oct 27, 2010 00:08
Are you sick of listening to Spotify yet? I admit it is brilliant but there's still a place for the expert - the real DJ - not your friend who thinks he can hog spotify or iTunes at every party and play the same crappy songs. Yes, we need radio and one without annoying ads, without news flashes,and definitely without those horifica ads you get on Spotify that you can't turn down becuase they wait until you've put up the volume again grrrrrr.
Basically we need Camberwell Foxes - your latest online pirate radio station - every Thursday and Sunday night from 10pm - 1am. Copy and paste this url into your address bar - . Enjoy some fantastically varied music with wise words from the dulcet toned DJ with a rogueish Irish accent. Fear not, however, he is more John Peel than Terry Wogan, but then again he is definitely his own man!

Photos (the one above and on the Artfeelers homepage) by the talented and much too modest Giacomo Maracchioni

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Fairs, Fairs, Fairs - hee hee

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Oct 19, 2010 13:35
Wow - I was so overwhelmed by all the artyness this past weekend that I can barely rememebr anything I saw - ok I can if I try... in brief:

Moniker Art Fair - not my thing...but everything can't be as much as I would like it to be

Sunday Art Fair - me likes especially Schleicher+Lange - Chris Cornish (see image) really stood out

Frieze Art Fair - well apart from the scale, which was dream like exaggerated it was a treat and especially not having to pay the whopping £25 entrance fee - shish kebap. Sao Paolo Gallery - Fortes Vilaca had an amazing artist that I can't find having taken down the wrong name but in general the South American stuff was great in general

The best thing I did was get my ass over to James Taylor Gallery - I love these guys. They have loads o goodies to see downstairs and upstairs they had transformed their space into a banquet area with the wonderful dusky evening coming in through the industrial vistorian window and a rake of talented speakers inciting discussions on 'Recessional Aesthetics' - really good. No bullshit just discussing life beyond the mirrors and smoke screens!

Over and out Artfeelers!

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Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Sep 24, 2010 18:14

Adel Abdessemed - Silent Warriors is at Parasol Unit until 14th November 2010...not sure you should go though - read my review for here:

It’s a bit of an obvious comment to say that someone who makes a 21-metre self-portrait in the form of a horizontal skeleton is concerned with scale and maximum visibility. But obvious is the word that comes to mind again and again when walking around Adel Abdessemed’s solo show at Parasol Unit.

The work is eye-catching. Performance is key. He likes to shock. It’s clear that he himself, as artist, as persona, as skeleton, is central to his work. But frankly, it all looks a bit gratuitously outsized, easy and, as I said, obvious, despite its intensions/pretensions to be the opposite. That’s why I feel a little left out when I’m told that “his works embody the fragility of life and are deeply imbued with beauty and poetry”.

But Parasol Unit is respected, so as per usual I must go beyond my initial reaction, stick with it, and dig deeper. I cannot say that I'm completely underwhelmed by his overwhelming works: the 21-metre skeleton (just seven metres shy of Gino de Dominicis' skeleton 'Calamita Cosmica', 1988); a performance whereby Abdessemed is suspended from an airborne helicopter while drawing a very big circle (somewhat reminiscent of Matthew Barney’s ‘Drawing Restraint’ series); 800 masks made from African metallic packaging...

I'm intrigued by his work ‘Also Sprach Allah’, 2008. The (prayer) mat with the title words scrawled on it is accompanied by a video showing the performance in which it was made; Abdessemed propelled repeatedly from another mat, by an ample gathering of young men, up towards the ceiling where the mat is pinned, and onto which he makes a mark upon the climax of each thrust. The effort is palpable. I feel suitably uncomfortable and it makes me think about the physical rituals of prayer.

But overall, even though I'm reluctant to contest the judgement of Parasol Unit, it seems to me that this is an artist who is (to his detriment and perhaps paradoxically) bigger than his art. In an interview with Art World in 2009, he tells us many times what he is: “I am a messenger of the minimum”, “a romantic animal”, “I try to push myself to the limits of craziness”, “I feel a little like James Joyce. I am like an arrow that crosses but doesn’t fall on a nation”…yet says little about his art beyond its themes of danger and violence. “Death is violent,” he tells us. “Making images is violent. Birth is violent”. All true of course, but again all a bit obvious.

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Detail Daisy

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Sep 10, 2010 17:53
It's been a while Artfeelers but I am back.

Do have a little read of my latest Spoonfed review - I really liked Daisy Delaney's new work as you should be able to tell:

Daisy Delaney’s receipts, on show at PayneShurvell, are very normal, very mundane in many ways. But once you submit, once you consider what Daisy has done by entering into all of the big name art institution gift shops in London, by choosing her purchases very carefully as you do and then ask yourself to look at this mundane object like you never have before… well it becomes very interesting. And you may wonder about the countless receipts you have received in your life and, without looking at, have discarded and abandoned to the fate of the useless. You may wonder if and what part of the story of your life they could tell. You may. It’s likely you might not either and decide that I am clutching at straws here. But fear not, there is more to excite in decoding these unassuming bite-size reports of Daisy’s consuming performances.

I found myself hopping to and fro across the gallery space comparing the receipts, and in doing so comparing the institutions they've come from from the logos to the till users - all the tidbits of information. The Royal Academy of Arts smugly or indignantly declares that it ‘receives no public funding’. The Tate receipts tell us that Daisy was in ‘the main shop’ alerting us to the fact that there are a string of shops in the Tate galleries and a heck of a lot of consuming going on. She was served by ‘Babs’ at the V&A, ‘CamillaB’ at the National Gallery, ‘HannahA’ at the British Museum, ‘ClaudiaS’ at Tate Modern and ‘Till:Users’ at the Saatchi Gallery and ‘Cshr Wing Trmnl 1’ at the Design Museum. Arbitrary details or clues to the institutions’ culture? Friendly or impersonal? The names themselves – all women; of what age, what race, what class? Then there is the story of the purchases themselves; the humour, the order, the serious and the playful. She bought two copies of ‘Photography in 100 words’ in the National Portrait Gallery, an ‘Eraser: Rosetta Stone’ at the British Museum, ‘Anarchism: A very short intro’ and ‘Revolution & War, Penguin’ at Tate Modern.

Each work has a telling title too. Naming the RA receipt ‘Sensation’ reminds us of the YBA show in 1997 which did indeed cause a sensation and also gives us another contrast; receipt called ‘sensation’. The Saatchi Gallery receipt is titled ‘Shark’ – Damien Hirst’s shark or is Saatchi the shark?

This brings us to the story of Daisy herself; Daisy the meticulous OCD artist obsessing over receipts, paying the most awkward amounts with the exact change (£21.59 at the Saatchi for example) and getting accosted by security for scaring the till staff. This Daisy, and Daisy the Formula Ford racing car driver (this is true) are one and the same. Daisy's eager to show us how she delights and thrills on everything and invites us to do the same.

Dreams of Desire is at PayneShurvell until 11th September 2010.

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Did I forget to mention?

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Jul 27, 2010 18:06
Following on from the natural high Artfeelers humbly felt after seeing the wonderful plug we got in the Independent newspaper thanks to Holly Williams, Artfeelers blog has been pedastalled by the one and only online London events site - Spoonfed. Dankeshun Spooners and hope you all get a chance to peek rest of the list top art blogs - just clickedyclick here: Spoonfed's Top 10 Art blogs

oh I feel like kissing my virtual trophy...with my funky finky glasses on

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Making Hackney WickED easy for you

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Jul 27, 2010 17:54
Artfeelers Recommendations for Hackney WickED this weekend - YI-CH-WOWA...

Begin Hackney WickED with a bang if you can - get there on Friday night and make a beeline for Cosimic Mega Brain's Sit Down Affair at Oslo House. It will be thee highlight of the festival.

Below are the rest of my recommendations for the festival as far as I can judge now - they may change on Friday when the whole show kicks off...

The Canyons of your Mind The Desert of your Gut
Friday 30th August

Cosmicmegabrain (itinerant curators) and he Sit Down Affair (itinerant restaurateurs) bring you the pleasures of feasting and encounters with art.
For one night only tickets £10

Cosmic Mega Brain image by Ada Chinonye

Formans Smokehouse Gallery
I see myself there, where I am not

Bringing together the work of 10 artists the show examines the various ways art is used as a heteropological accessory, a mode realised by the gaze of the viewer, simultaneously representing and unpicking utopian ideals by channelling veins of the uncanny with fantasy, narrative, humour, styles of documentation.

Vittoria Wharf
SpielRaum: Worlds Smallest Gallery

Dan Jamieson and Ross O’Brien will be showcasing some collated works.

Show Dome

Rosie Emerson presents a series of large scale photographs of solitary performers. Drawing reference from archetypes old and new these works explore beauty, power and voyeurism interwoven within the female image.

The Doll Music Video

Rosie Jackson’s Doll Music Video works with the tension between the choreographed action of the model and the will of the artist. Incorporating elements of puppetry, model-making and animation.

Roach Road and Canal Bridge
Untitled Gallery

Artist and fashion designer Robert Carey-Williams presents his art work with in old post office Luton van that is the gallery! It’s an art piece in itself, covered in graffiti and held together with rivets.

The Lighthouse, 421 Wick Lane
The Agile Rabbit

Extending the ever-romanticized legend of artists congregating in bars and cafes, this exhibition brings together the work of 10 artists connected by their regular meetings in the Lighthouse Pub. Including the work of Gavin Turk. Kate Atkin / Chris Barnes / Matt Brown / Toby Christian / Tom Crawford / Ross Downes / Dimitri Galitzine / Jimp / Nicola Jones / Mark Hammond / Gavin Turk

Unit 5
Island Projects presents: Harsh lines and Spongy Surfaces

Returning to Hackney Wicked to present a 48 hour glorified architectural dystopia with a side show of live art and music performances that reflect on the spongy surfaces of capitalist cultural production. Including thework of Mary Yacoob.

Elevator Gallery
The Tomorrow People. Artists of the Future Now 2010

Elevator Gallery introduces the work of emerging artists and recent graduates from the UK on the cusp of art stardom. Selected by Artists, Curators and Elevator Gallery, the Directors Snoozie Hexagon cusp of art stardom. Selected by Artists, Curators and Elevator Gallery, the Directors Snoozie Hexagon and Simon Reuben White.

Also artist Oriana Fox will be presenting two very special performances over the weekend at Elevator Gallery during the Festival. Unmissable!

Oslo House

The project involves giving cameras to young people from a variety of different backgrounds and seeing what they see, connecting the lives of people worldwide, leading to a deeper understanding of each other.

for more info check the website -

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Call to artists - nice pizz o art

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Jul 22, 2010 14:16
his sounds like fun anyway. think i get the idea. defo worth at least going there on the night...

link to image source (it's a random image, as in unconnected to the outside world website etc etc) - here

Call for Artists, Outside World

The Outside World Presents ... "TAKE-AWAY"
13th - 15th August 2010

We have 100 Pizza boxes and 3 days to fill for a 3 day exhibition at The Outside World, a Vibrant gallery right slap in the centre of one of the hottest Art Streets in Extremely Fashionable East London, 44 Redchurch Street, E2. We are offering each artist the opportunity to show their work alongside both professional and emerging artistic talent.

Fill up on our Opening Night Party and walk away with your very own 'Take-Away' artwork.
Upon submission each artist will be given a ticket entering them into our "Take-Away Tombola", the prize is a piece from the exhibition, presented in a hand printed Pizza Take-Away box, ready for you to carry home.

The theme of the show is "The Outside World", to be interpreted in any way you wish.
Submissions must be 10 x 10" maximum size, and must fit into a pizza box, any medium is welcome.

£10 for one 'Take-Away' submission

Please email for further information by Sunday 15 August 2010

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Independent / Hackney Wicked / Prado

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Jul 10, 2010 09:58
Checking in from Madrid after a stop in Dublin and Disneyland Paris (which was brilliant I have to say, definitely recommend it, a total experience and with two kids in tow it was magical). Anyway the news is plentiful - first up yesterday´s Independent had a really cool review about Artfeelers mentioning Schwartz Gallery, artist Rosie Emerson, Ingrid Z´s Residence Gallery and James Taylor Gallery - read it here (please - short and sweet piece.

Next up news wise is Hackney Wicked festival - 30, 31 July and 1 August - so many art treats in store. I´ll be there helping with tours on the Friday and in the run up helping the very capable Anna Maloney with a little of the PR. If you have any queries about the festival please do get in touch.

Also do follow us on twitter - Hackney_Wicked and of course

Ok I do have lots more news but the Prado is calling and I am being (h) escorted there by me ol pal Evo!

I´ll be back soon. Apologies for the laxness lately.

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Shoreditch's newest addition - Payne Shurvell

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Jun 19, 2010 13:40
Surprise! There's yet another gallery opened up in Shoreditch. But what's cool is that is a very very good space. I mean the space itself is pretty standard - white and square with a dinky office space at the back but it is in a gorgeous location - ubber urban and hidden behind the huge nasty amercian car wash in between Curtain and Great Eastern Road on Hewlett Road. The sort of place where you find a random gym...
What's most exciting about this place though is how serious James Payne and Joanne Shurvell - the founders and gallerists - are. They've very carefully chosen the artists featuring in their debut exhibition - 'A Bright and Guilty Place' - and they have chosen well.

The usual scenario for group exhibitions is that you're happy/ lucky to see one or two pieces that you can connect with. With this exhibition the situated was inverted. All of the works bar one or two are a mixture of differing measures of beautiful/ engaging/ smart/ earnest, and all attest to the potential of Payne Shurvell. As I said James and Joanne have good taste and they're on a mission to spread it. I have a serious hunch they'll do well.

As per usual I'm not going to go into an indepth description of the exhibition or works at all - mainly because this blog is a sign post blog - but I have to say the two artists who really stood out for me are Mary Jacoob and LEO. I'm interested in hearing others' opinions when more of you have taken the initiative to check your A - Z and eek out Hewlett Road.

I'll be back there again for sure...oh yeah and before I forget - when you do go there please ask James or Joanne can you see the limited editions, they're really worth a look and you will no doubt have a good old chat about art if you are up for it.

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Marc Quinn at the White Cube...kind of

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Jun 15, 2010 14:33
I tend not to like to write about big gallery shows and Marc Quinn at the White Cube certainly qualifies for this category but I feel propelled to even though the exhibition left me cold. Was that the point? Are we supposed to feel empty? And now even though I want to write about it I am not exactly sure what to write. In fact I know what I want to do - I want to talk about it. I want the trigger of conversation - other people's opinions. I want a tutorial class where a slightly bored lecturer pokes and prods at your sleepy neurons and some quiet girl comes out with something cool that you hadn't thought about at all despite wanting to be the most perceptive!

Recently I went to a friends' (artist Ingrid Sanfey) crit session that she does with some other artist friends. Basically they are all recent(ish) graduates and want to continue the ritual of bouncing ideas off each other and the opportunity to see work and have their work seen by their peers. It was great. Really great. I am ashamed to say I can't quite remember the artists' exact names - Kit and David ... Kit Merit I think. Based in Schwartz studios in Hackney Wick, they were exhibiting a piece in Schwartz Gallery itself. The piece itself was fantastic - literally. An imaginary/ fantastical city scape made from odd bits and bobs of found discarded daily life debris. I loved it. But as I said, I also loved the banter about it.

It's true - nowadays especially in London - everything is fast. This was slow. Slow art. Slow conversation but in no way boring. Why is it that we equate speed with excitment and slow things with I want to start a similar group. A similar process of art crits - of slow art. Take a piece of art (contemporary, currently exhibiting or an historical work like Massacio's Expulsion from Paradise for example) and grab some coffee and a few snacks and discuss it together for an hour - maybe an hour and a half. Wouldn't it be great to mix the group up a little too. Have some punters like me, some artists, some curators...some complete newbies.

It certainly would be more substantial an experience than my awkward little walk around Quinn's scultpures and forensic paintings as I am being watched shyly by 4 (yes 4) invigilators!

Ok so basically - I want to know - who is in? email me

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3 very different but cool shows to see

Recommended ExhibitionsPosted by Artfeelers Jun 09, 2010 18:56

Jonathan Wateridge - Another Place - July 3 at Tramshed

read my little review here, won't take long and doesn't give too much away!

Zere by Zero: Station at a little gallery I just recently discovered that promotes graphic designers art which I think is really cool - bringing creativity beyond the confines of the ivory tower. This exhibition is really nice and a goody if you are in the area and have 10 or 15 minutes to spare.

Lastly but certainly not leastly is Schwartz Gallery's newest install - Flesh - which seems to be more or less the work and life of Ronald Wright, who in his youth was a good friend to many of the stars and an artist illustrator. He is now a faith healer and in extraordinarily good shape for his 83 years...

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