19 Apr 2019 – 4 May 2019
A major survey of work by the acclaimed British artist Johnnie Cooper will take place at Saatchi Gallery, London, opening 19 April 2019. Entitled throe on throe, the exhibition comes at a time of heightened interest in the artist.
Displayed across two galleries, the show is comprised of more than 50 paintings and sculptures, including works from the 1970s – a time when Cooper appeared alongside Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth with his own solo exhibition to mark the Wakefield Silver Jubilee Festival – and culminates with his most recent atmospheric large-scale oil and acrylic paintings that display broad gestural brush strokes and reflect his love for the natural landscape.
2019 Sony World Photography Awards
18 Apr 2019 – 6 May 2019
This April, exceptional series and standalone images by the best artists working worldwide in photography will go on show at the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at Somerset House, London. Offering an in-depth look at the very best visual storytelling and imagery from 2018, this major exhibition will present more than 800 works.
Drawn from more than 326,000 images entered into the internationally acclaimed Awards, the exhibition will present winning and shortlisted images in either digital or print form. The exhibition will also celebrate the work of renowned artist Nadav Kander, recipient of the Awards 2019 Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.
Elephant x Edouard Malingue Gallery: Dreams, illusions, phantom flowers
13 Apr 2019 – 28 Apr 2019
Is there a difference between what you say and what you do? Between how you feel and how you act? Between how you present your life and how it actually is? The Buddhist concept of “duality” is explored in the moving-image project Dreams, illusions, phantom flowers, the first of its kind to be held at Elephant West in collaboration with Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong/Shanghai). Videos by leading artists from East Asia and its diaspora prompt viewers to question themselves and their surroundings – an essential reflex in this age of the digitizing of the daily and cultivation of the self.
Kim Bumsu | Sacred Cinema
12 Apr 2019 – 5 May 2019
Exhibited worldwide, Kim uses old and discarded Movie Film, cut up and re-arranged to create vast and complex collages that manipulate the light that passes through them from LED boxes behind. In doing so he means to stimulate the sentiment and nostalgia within the modern man, arousing compassion with, and romanticism of, what has disappeared into the past, expelled by the extreme finesse of digital culture and the continuous fluidity of the image world. By combining the dynamic flow of light with the static images in these films, we rediscover the vitality of film images.
Spring Candy, A Dress Rehearsal
13 Apr 2019 – 18 Jul 2019
Spring Candy, A Dress Rehearsal, is very much a work-in-progress: a stop-motion animation, credits sequence to an unrealised full length feature film. Spring Candy is a springboard into a satire of the inner workings of the fashion industry as well as into a close knit circle of friends. It has a duality of being a work in itself while at the same time presenting the films’ themes and characters. The film plays within the contradictions of fashion tropes, leaning into art movements’ iconography; an essay upon formal versus informal aesthetics, high/low cultural values, reversed perspectives and visual games.
The impossibility of an island
17 Apr 2019 – 28 Apr 2019
For the dual show The impossibility of an island, held at Herrick Gallery, London, Helsinki based artists Jaakko Mattila and EGS come together in an exploration of the amorphous nature of cultural identity. Mattila has for decades worked on issues around personal ontology and being, employing the motif of the circle within the painterly tradition and through sculpture. EGS began by the marking—and therefore mapping—of urban streets as a graffiti artist, and has developed his interest in cartography within a fine art setting, working in glass and printmaking.
IMAGE: Darling Pearls