Virginia Chihota. Mhamha
17 May 2019 – 29 Jun 2019
Virginia Chihota’s work explores black female subjectivity and the notion of ‘belonging’ as a form of cosmopolitanism. Across printmaking, drawing and painting, she suggests novel ways to think about dislocated subjects, domesticity and shifting identities. Born in Zimbabwe, Chihota has lived in Libya, Tunisia, Austria and Montenegro. Her itinerant experiences shape her work and her sense of self. She describes her practice as a ‘reflection on self-discovery in constantly changing circumstances’.
17 May 2019 – 31 May 2019
For the first time in the history of Opera Gallery London, the gallery will showcase around 40 works from the 20th century art movement of Spatialism. Artists include Lucio Fontana, the founder of Spatialism, who is currently having his first major US retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, to be displayed subsequently at the Guggenheim in Bilbao; Enrico Castellani, whose art has been exhibited at the MoMA, Solomon Guggenheim Museum, Centre Pompidou, Stedelijk Museum and Milan Prada Foundation; Agostino Bonalumi, a member of the ZERO movement and recipient of the prestigious Presidente della Repubblica Award; Pino Manos, one of the last living artists from Spatalism.
Mark Tanner Sculpture Award Show: Anna Reading
17 May 2019 – 22 Jun 2019
Installed across a vinyl floor collage, Anna Reading’s The Pothole presents a series of new sculpture and performance works developed over the past year as the 16th recipient of the major UK Award.
Combining layers of surplus commodity materials, including shredded foam, gravel, oyster shells, bitumen, chip forks and cardboard, Reading creates a highly tactile and fragmented environment within Standpoint Gallery. The gallery becomes a physically animated space, in which the figure and its surroundings interconnect. Performances will take the form of direct interactions with objects, simultaneously responding to their affect whilst also projecting meaning.
Contemporary Art + Ritual
16 May 2019 – 21 May 2019
The Crypt Gallery - St Pancras Church
The Crypt Gallery’s labyrinthine passageways are the setting for an artist-led experimental multi-media exhibition exploring ritual today.
Encompassing sound, light, word via dust, wood, thread and more the show reveals ritual to be an expression of human life that is undergoing a process of constant reinvention. The Crypt’s atmospheric brick vaulted corridors will take the viewer on a journey through healing, wishing, weaving, walking, cleaning, carving, folding, painting. A giant gold chain fashioned from bread snakes across the floor of a dark vault, two spectral life-sized figures made of dust hang from the ceiling, a ghostly woman conjures magpies from nowhere. In one chamber metal boxes emit birdsong reminding us of the passage of daily life, and in another hundreds of wishes are beamed out into the darkness.
The show is curated by artists Caro Williams and Deborah Burnstone.
Quiddity - Josephine Cottrell
16 May 2019 – 2 Jun 2019
The Muse Gallery
Drawing from elements of abstraction and romanticism, Josephine’s current practice experiments with how much information needs to exist in a piece for it to be perceived and accepted as art; raising the question of why a viewer instinctively objectifies and tries to ‘makes sense’ of abstraction, composing naturalistic images from unintended shapes and forms.
An ongoing aim of her work is to try and provoke a viewer’s most personal response. Creating imagery that is often devoid of a prevailing narrative, Josephine’s work is not just open to, but encourages individual interpretation. Using traditional Japanese Aesthetics as a guiding principle, subtlety and detail are critical; the smallest of details can mark an image as either too literal, or as an image lacking in content.
15 May 2019 – 23 Jun 2019
At once mimicking and critiquing the kind of idealised images that dominate today’s visual culture, Kate Cooper’s unsettling works explore gender, technology and the politics of labour.
Each video features computer-generated bodies drawn from the language of commercial image production. Over the course of each work, Cooper’s CGI figures take on different roles, change form, become sick and lose something of their previous perfection.
IMAGE: Kate Cooper