Chris Simpson: Carnets de Voyage
24 May 2019 – 22 Jun 2019
Atlas Gallery is pleased to present a selection of black and white prints by British-based photographer Chris Simpson. The photographs, selected from his book, Carnet de Voyage, are works Simpson made during his years travelling the globe from 1987 to 2008. His images distil the visual essence of people and places in Australia, California, Mauritius, Cuba, Mali, England, Namibia, Madagascar, New Zealand, Argentina. With each photograph, the viewer is immersed in an exquisite landscape or comes face to face with the character of an individual in images of timeless freshness, grandeur and vitality.
The pared back quality of Simpson’s photographs is the hallmark of his work. The strong lines, high contrast, clean cut almost austere compositions lend his subject matter a gravity that addresses the power of the natural landscape. Simpson’s ability to create compositional tension within an image is technically brilliant, creating integration between subject matter and print.
‘Afro-Mingei’ Theaster Gates
24 May 2019 – 22 Jun 2019
White Cube Mason's Yard
Featuring a new body of work, the exhibition draws attention to aesthetic modes and classifications; to pre-determined ways of understanding culture and to how these emerge from and connect to history, race and society.
Gates’s practice poses nuanced questions about cultural production as a means to foreground a new type of cultural hybridity. In this exhibition, two key strands of his work – Japanese philosophy and Black identity – combine to forge a new aesthetic; one that attempts to retrace cultural roots that are often submerged and forgotten within the structure of what Gates terms ‘Western-White sameness’.
The title of the exhibition deliberately blurs and brings together distinct cultural identities, each with their own rich history of aesthetics. The term ‘Afro’ refers to both African-American culture as well as to its iconic hairstyle, re-appropriated during the 1960s and 1970s by Black post-civil rights leadership as a symbol of Black identity and empowerment. The Japanese term ‘mingei’, coined by the philosopher and cultural figure Soetsu Yanagi, along with potters Shoji Hamada and Kanjiro Kawai, denotes folk or craft objects made by local, often unknown craftsmen. For Yanagi, craft challenged conventional ideas of art and beauty since it evolved from traditional practices where the divisions between art, philosophy and religion had merged or disappeared.
A History of Women’s Prisons
24 May 2019 – 2 Jun 2019
The Crypt Gallery - St Pancras Church
This is a collaborative project between academic Susy Menis and artists Noriko Hisazumi and Fabiana Vigna. The artwork draws upon historical criminological research on the theme of the reform of the prisoner during nineteenth-century England. It focuses on the emotional tension between the penal aim of reformation and the effects it may have had on the prisoner. The main aim of the project is to problematise imprisonment through visual representation. The artwork exhibition creates a platform for discussion concerning social justice. Set in the evocative and atmospheric Crypt Gallery, it brings to life intangible sensations- the exhibition space becomes a site for reflection. The exhibition has been sponsored by Birkbeck School of Law Research Committee and by Art Council England.
Callum Innes: Keeping Time
24 May 2019 – 27 Jul 2019
Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square
Callum Innes’ paintings explore the possibilities of paint on canvas. Uninhibited by, yet very aware of, the achievements of the past and the rise of other media, Innes uses the language of the monochrome, an established format of abstract painting since the 1960s. His paintings are created through a process of addition and subtraction, sometimes removing sections of paint from the canvases surface with turpentine to leave only the faintest traces of what was there before. Using this method of erasure he has established his own vocabulary in the form of distinctive groups of paintings, examples of which are shown here.
My Kind of Protest
23 May 2019 – 6 Jul 2019
Pippy Houldsworth Gallery is delighted to present ‘My Kind of Protest’, an exhibition of works by Emma Amos, Vivian Browne and Chemu Ng’ok. Working across different time periods, each of these artists creates psychologically charged portraits addressing what it means to be a black woman in a society ruled by men.
While some of these works date back 60 years, they remain no less relevant in today’s fraught political climate and the three artists share a common, still unresolved and pertinent struggle. This intergenerational exhibition will comprise a rare 1960s oil painting from Vivian Browne’s first major body of work, important historical works byEmma Amos from the 1980s and 1990s, and new paintings by young Kenyan artist Chemu Ng’ok.
'iii' Westminster Fine Art Mixed Media BA Degree Show 2019
23 May 2019 – 26 May 2019
The University of Westminster warmly invites you to 'iii' Degree Show 2019 by Fine Art Mixed Media BA (Hons). Showcasing the freshest of contemporary art coming out of Fine Art Mixed Media.
From dictator of the world to a lemony, clay and silicone haven, 'iii' presents work developed, unrestrained to the boundaries of discipline.
IMAGE: Chris Simpson: Carnets de Voyage