Nick Smith: Pinched
3 May 2019 – 1 Jun 2019
Rhodes Contemporary Art
Contemporary artist Nick Smith will open an exhibition of new works at Rhodes Contemporary Art (formerly the Lawrence Alkin Gallery) on 3 May 2019, following four sell-out shows at the gallery.
Known for his signature ‘colour-chip’ methodology and deconstruction and reworking of visual culture, this latest body of work Pinched, will explore themes of art theft, a crime only exceeded in value by arms dealing, drug trafficking and money laundering.
"Approach" By Ruth Batham
3 May 2019 – 2 Jun 2019
"Approach" is a selection of drawings, prints and paintings that fragment the figure. Working in different paints and on different surfaces the work has an archaeological feel, a gentle peeling away to reveal.
Ruth was born in the Black Country and grew up there. She has been living and working in North London for just over a decade. Although, she is originally a teacher by profession, a UCL Science graduate and previously Art Leader in the two primary schools she taught in, she has always been a maker at heart. Now - as an artist - she uses fragmentation of figures and colour interaction to understand our place in the world and - as an educator - questions how we learn, interact and communicate.
Art Rooms | Rarefaction
3 May 2019 – 26 May 2019
Ione & Mann
Within a state of expansion, outside the realm of enforced inevitability, lies the space of wilful ignorance, the birthplace of all that is possible.
The work of Jana Emburey, Justine Formentelli and Jonathan Kelly claims this space with an approach that is intuitive, explorative and all encompassing.
Eliminating separation between past and future, process and outcome, the focus returns on the elemental, allowing for multiple points of emergence.
Recurring yet evolving shapes, motifs and gestures serve as visual meditative aides creating a personal navigation system to rediscover, define and realise the world and our place within it.
William Cobbing: Haptic Loop
3 May 2019 – 21 Jun 2019
Cooke Latham Gallery
Cobbing’s first solo exhibition in London in four years, Haptic Loop features an installation of sculptures and video works that utilise the tactile qualities of clay to explore notions of surface, process and entropy. A newly created series of hanging bronze sculptures repeat throughout the gallery space. Featuring life-cast hands blindly grappling formless lumps of clay in an Ouroboros-like loop, the works are a meditation on the rudimentary act of making, albeit without articulating a nished form.
Chris Steele-Perkins: Some Kind of Truth
3 May 2019 – 30 Jun 2019
The Photographers' Gallery
Magnum photographer Chris Steele-Perkins (b.1947, Burma) studied psychology in Newcastle before moving to London in the 1970s and pursuing a career in photography.
Alongside freelance work he began to manifest an ongoing interest in documenting subcultures and marginalised societies across the UK. Perhaps his best-known work from this period is The Teds (1979), an intimate series of portraits of young teddy boys, which brilliantly capture the style, culture, attitude and identity of the group.
Carolyn Genders | Sentience
2 May 2019 – 25 May 2019
Contemporary Ceramics Centre
This May, ceramic artist Carolyn Genders presents a new body of work in Sentience, an exhibition of over 40 works in clay at the Contemporary Ceramics Centre, London.
Using traditional coiling and slab-building techniques, Carolyn creates bold, asymmetric sculptural vessels and forms in white earthenware with surfaces painted with abstracted imagery. She works by responding to both her material and to the rhythms of the form as she moves around inscribing marks, incising and scarifying through layers of matt vitreous slips and burnished terra sigillatta. Her finished pieces unite the physicality of working with clay with the potential of the created surfaces.
IMAGE: William Cobbing: Haptic Loop