EcoFutures Festival Queer, Feminist and Decolonial Responses to Ecological & Environmental Changes
4 Apr 2019 – 19 Apr 2019
Mile End Art Pavilion
At the speed of techno-global-capitalism we continue producing, consuming and living without accounting for the earth’s ability to replenish itself at the pace that we demand – we want to stare at the sun and, at the same time, expect not to lose our sight. The artists in this international group exhibition critically approach this predicament by producing lived and speculative alternatives to the ongoing ecological and environmental destruction. Their visions draw from indigenous knowledges, eco-sustainable modes of living, non-exploitative human/non-human relations, queer bio-hacking, gendered approaches to climate change, nature-based spirituality and ecosexuality.
Roys People Art Fair
4 Apr 2019 – 7 Apr 2019
Roy’s People Art Fair has been created by artists Roy’s People & Samuel Peacock. We give artists an alternative platform to present their work whilst also creating a unique art fair experience for visitors allowing them to interact with the artists and buy artwork directly from them. At each of our fairs, you will discover original affordable artwork from a wide variety of artists carefully selected based on quality and talent.
Over the last 5 years, Roy & Sam have been working as professional artists. During that time they have exhibited nationally and internationally. Whilst experiencing art fairs and going through the emotions of applying and exhibiting, Roy decided that the next logical step would be to create the Roy’s People Art Fair. He has joined forces with Sam to add more artistic experience and knowledge to make the shows as successful as possible.
Rowan Newton - Fractured Integrity
4 Apr 2019 – 14 Apr 2019
Jealous Gallery East
Rowan Newton’s highly anticipated debut UK Solo Exhibition ‘Fractured Integrity’ runs at Jealous East for an exclusive 10 day launch, marking a new direction in the artists work and a renewed, unique reflection on figurative painting.
Figures are poised in almost cinematic realities, instigating a sense of familiarity, yet these worlds are disrupted with sharp glitches and gestural sweeps of colour; a disrupted reality which isn’t quite as familiar as it first seemed. Motion swirls around the carefully constructed figures as they move through the canvas, expressed through the artists loose, confident and textural application of the medium and liberal use of vibrant colours which surrounds and interacts with them.
All About You
4 Apr 2019 – 3 May 2019
The Koppel Project Hive
All About You a group exhibition curated by Alex White featuring the work of five artists who address anxieties related to excessive self-imposed productivity in Late Capitalism.
The overwhelming pressure to achieve as individuals, maximized through technological advancements and the need to be constantly ‘switched on’, has led to a rise in neurological disorders such as ‘burn out’, anxiety and depression. As a result, the individual of Late Capitalism is left exhausted. With the rise of authoritarian politics, our increasingly individualistic society has brought us to a stand-still and an inability to collectively organize.
Through sculpture, drawing, video, and performance, All About You posit collective therapy as a counter to increased individualism and the consequential feelings of alienation prevalent in today’s neo-liberal economy. The exhibition oscillates between the individual ‘you’ and the collective ‘you’, which the English language does not differentiate. It both implicates the viewer as a participant within the neo-liberal system, but also offers a potential mode of resistance through collective healing and shared bodily experience.
Joan Cornella: I'm Good Thanks
3 Apr 2019 – 4 May 2019
With over 7 million followers on social media, Cornellà has achieved global acclaim through his instantly recognisable mix of pitch black humour and deeply unsettling imagery.
Through a series of new works, I’M GOOD THANKS invites us to peer into Cornellà’s dystopic vision of contemporary life. Paintings line the walls, surrounding a central sculpture - the artist’s trademark suited character, hanging from a noose and smiling psychopathically whilst posing for a selfie. Each work holds a mirror up to the depraved nature of society; confronting everything from our unnatural connection to social media and masturbatory selfie culture, to political topics such as abortion, addiction and gender issues - no subject is off limits.
Brian Maguire: ‘Conflicts Of Interest’
3 Apr 2019 – 30 May 2019
Conflicts of Interest will spotlight a new body of work which traces Maguire’s four-decade arc, with an unsparing focus on the underlying socio-political forces at work around the world today. The works are a response to the man-made, humanitarian disasters resulting from our flailing political systems and faltering democratic processes, the undermining of the media and the explosive nature of fake news, scepticism over the notion of the expert and the implicit hypocrisy of some of our oldest institutions.
In the paintings ‘War Changes Its Address’ ‘Mosul’ & ‘Aleppo’ Maguire poses the destruction of the two cities with each other in order to reflect their differing and subjective representations in the press – Mosul as an act of liberation, Aleppo as a war crime.
In a similar vein, ‘Jamal Khashoggi’ depicts the US based Saudi journalist, murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in order to silence his critical voice. This work is paired with a moving portrait of ‘Phyllis Hyman’, the gifted African American singer-songwriter who after years of suffering racial discrimination, committed suicide in 1995 in NYC.
LEAD IMAGE: Joan Cornella