“Crypt-mas” Artist call for submission

Illumini presents: Crypt-mas

Dead line: January 15th 2010

Applications are invited from artists of all disciplines, working in illumination. If your work glows or lights up in any way, we want to here from you. The theme is alternative Christmas; this can be broadly investigated and is left wide open for your creativity and imagination.

Crypt-mas will be a free alternative Christmas art experience, in December 2010, for all ages, created inside a subterranean labyrinth. The venue is a dark underground church crypt, with alcoves and arched ceilings, the fantastic setting and atmosphere, for an alternative Christmas grotto. Including children’s workshops and Illumini’s very own futuristic Santa (art Installation)

Illumini Event, Sep 2008, attracted over 3,000 people on its opening night and 7,145 guests during its two weeks. Artist’s from professionals-students gained commissions, sales and major press coverage and interviews through Illumini. We take promotion very seriously and have a great track record with our featured artists. Illumini promotes artist from any background and at any stage of their career.

For further details on how to submit please visit the submission page at www.illuminievent.co.uk

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NS Harsha – Last weeks

A “must see” exhibition is Indian artist NS Harsha’s first solo works in London, which are showing at two concurrent spaces – InIVA at Rivington Place and Victoria Miro Gallery.

NationsinIVA present Harsha’s “Nations”installation comprising of 192 flags which represent the number of countries that make up the membership of the United Nations. The flags are draped over a similar number of treadle sewing machines.

This impressive large scale installation ,fills the whole space from floor to ceiling and consists of a spider web like mass of multi coloured threads. Using flags as a symbol represents the sense of belonging, identity,social and polititical histories, and the shared cultural connectivity between the countries.

This exhibition is on until 21st November 2009. For further information see www.iniva.org

At Victoria Miro Gallery  Harsha shows “Picking through the Rubble” which consist of new paintings and an installation. The themes conveyed are political and social narratives, which draw on both traditional and popular cultures. The site- specific installation comprises of integrated painting and sculptural elements.

This exhibition is on until 14th November 2009. For further information see www.victoria-miro.com

Exhibitions to see!!!

Here are my Top 3 selection of “must see” exhibitions………

*Currents of Time” is a new work by artist Zineb Sidera  whose films reflect her interest in migration, mobility and displacement. The themes resonate with her own background of Algerian immigrant parents who fled their homeland to Paris due to war.

Her most recent film “Floating Coffins(2009) is  presented as a 14 screen video installation and 10 speakers which envelops the viewer and enhances the experience on a profound level. Alongside these there are 2 other installations with light boxes and photographs.

This exhibition is on until 25th July 2009, and has been curated by arts organisation  inIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), who are based in Rivington St, London EC1.

In addition to this at inIVA’s Education space there are a series of mapping exhibitions “Off the Map” which presents work produced in the 2009 Creative Mapping Projects. These projects explore the potential of a new cartographic language using social issues of identity and location.

This exhibition is on until 11th July 2009 and will change on a weekly basis

For further details see website www.iniva.org

* “The Golden Space City of God” – Richard Grayson

Matts Gallery in E3 presents a large scale video installation with sound conceived and directed by artist Richard Grayson, which features a new choral work performed by a 26 piece choir based in San Antonio Texas.

The score composed by Leo Chadburn is based on a limbretto by the artist which appear as subtitles in the video work. It is based on texts  that give detailed prediction of events leading to the end of the world, drawn from the Bible’s Book of Revelations. This re-imagined fictional piece describes the widespread economic and social unrest that will spread across the globe folllowing an oil crisis and the collapse of dollar-based economies.

This work very relevant in today’s credit crunching climate of financial chaos and parliamentary collapse……

Go see for yourself……..

This show is on until 28th June 2009. See www.mattsgallery.org for location details etc.

Whitechapel Gallery Re-opens

wchapel-badge1Last Sunday 5th April 2009,  marked another historical chapter for the east-end of London with the re-opening of the Whitechapel Gallery, a century old art institution which has shown famous artists’ works  such as David Hockney; Picasso;   Frida Kahlo and more……..

After a vast 2 year expansion project aquiring the neighbouring Whitechapel Library, there are now 9 Galleries including an Archive gallery with research facilities and Reading Room; a newly revamped funky cafe/bar designed with bamboo interiors; project spaces showing local community-based works; educational resources for local schools/ teachers/artists with the Study Studio and 2 Creative Studios; a Bookshop and the new Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room.

There is something suitable for every taste and all ages. The galleries will be open throughout the year, so there will always be something to see or do with Poetry and music evenings, film screenings, gallery talks/events with a new addition of  Theatre plays.

Exhibition highlights include, a retrospective of  monumental sculptural works by German artist Isa Genzken; commissioned work by Turner prize nominee Goshka Macuga, which re-visits a moment in the Whitechapel’s history of showing Picasso’s Guernica  in 1939; a British Council collection of early buys of works by artists including Lucian FreudSarah Lucas; Damian Hirst; Gilbert & George and Chris Ofili.

Also showing are films by Ursula Mayer in the Auditorium;  The Whitechapel Boys; Archive Adventures; Minerva Cuevas’  “Scoop” project; Social Sculptures by artists including Franz West, Juergan Teller and Andrew Grassle.

For further information see www.whitechapelgallery.org

Reminder….”At Your Service” Exhibition

Exhibition dates: 17.04.2009– 27.06.2009

Opening Reception: 16.04.2009 from 6.30pm- 9pm

Cylena Simonds presents a Group show “At Your Service” which engages the concept and dynamics of the service and hospitality industries in today’s political and social climate, and brings together a wide range of artwork from emerging international artists Raul Ortega Ayala, Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson, Sue Collis, Yara El Sherbini, David Ersser,  Mauricio Guillen, Graham Hudson, Gayle Chong Kwan, Harold Offeh,  Nada Prlja, Ana Prvacki, Manuela Ribadeneira, and Paul Rooney.

The work in At your Service ranges from sculptural objects to photography and video as well as featuring specially commissioned performances taking place both within the gallery and in public locations.

 Cylena Simonds is an American independent Curator based in London. Her practice involves working with the politics of representation and the representation of politics within contemporary art.

The exhibition is a launch of a Curator Series at the David Roberts Art Foundation Fitzrovia –  111 Great Titchfield Street, London W1W 6RY – www.davidrobertsartfoundation.com

Top views of the week!!!

Here are some “must see” exhibitions for your diary:-

* Voo-Doo “Hoochie Coochie and the creative spirit” at Riflemaker  – a group show that features artists, writers and musicians, who unlock the mystery of the creative act ….the rousing of the spirits from within.

Using this spirit or voodoo as a parallel to the processes that artists go through in the making of their work, Riflemaker present three floors of a wishing machine on entering gallery; photographs depicting sacred cows; an ultra- creepy dolls room with creaking floorboards….for full effect; “dream books”; fragrance machines and wax ovens.

This exhibition is on until Saturday 4th April 2009 – for further information  see www.riflemaker.org

* “Low Relief” by John RiddyFrith Street Gallery presents an exhibition of photographs of  London which Riddy uses as his subject. All the pictures were taken in Autumn and Winter when structures and forms are more apparent. They are intentionally descriptive and show various images of  buildings such as the Bank of England, The Garrick Club and a South London Housing Estate.

This exhibition is on until 1st May 2009 – for further information see  www.frithstreetgallery.com

* “Cabinet Afrique” –  Both Caroline Achaintre and Ursula Mayer’s works are being shown at Cell Project Space. These two artists re visit the fascination of art history’s movements of  Surrealism and the avant-garde.

Achaintre uses the medium of sculpture which uses the methods associated with the applied arts, whilst Mayer uses film entitled “The Lunch in Fur” (2008) which dismantles the cinematic narrative and recreates the space as a performative stage.

This exhibition is on until 19th April 2009 – for further information see www.cell.org.uk

a place called limbo…Exhibition for one week only!!

Last night,  was the opening night of a group show featuring 10 artists Jane Grisewood; Harriet Heddon; Chris Koning; Mike Latto; Arabella Lee; John O’Connell; Kriton Papadopoulus; Claire Robertson; Pauline Thomas and Ken Wilder.

The context of this exhibition , originated from Arabella Lee’s subject matter of burial grounds in Ireland which lay unbaptised children, and the title of the show is taken from a poem written by Coleridge  “Limbo” as the focus.

The artists’ varied mediums of drawing, painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation responds to and explores this intermediate state.

With this historical element in mind, the works are exhibited in a very relevant space,  The Crypt Gallery beneath St Pancras Church, which is an array of passageways and vaults where many bodies have been laid to rest since the 19th century. The eerie underground atmosphere of this burial ground, alongside the damp smells that emanate from it evokes this past.

The two pieces of work which stood out for me , were Jane Grisewood’s installation “Between Time” made out of burnt pitta bread and suspended with nylon thread (pictured), and Pauline Thomas’  Bible and Prayer Book installation “Fettered from Flight”.

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This exhibition is open daily 12-5pm until 14th March 2009.

For further details  see www.cryptgallery.org.uk