This bank holiday heralds the northern hemisphere’s beginning of summer, and affords us another chance to explore even more art. There’s the politically themed work of Christian Holstad in London and Khaled Hourani in Glasgow, and also the visual trickery of Patrick Hughes’ paintings in New York and Peter Fischli and David Weiss’ Berlin exhibition. Explore the labyrinths that Mike Nelson has soldered together in Toronto and lose yourself in this extended three-day weekend.
1. Christian Holstad: Corrections, Victoria Miro, London
Corrections looks at various types of borders, boundaries and constraints in the environment that impact upon everyday lives, from the political to the social and personal. Holstad works in hand-cut paper collage, including eight large panels of meticulously cut chain-link fence. Drawing on the surveillance of intelligence agencies, but also the voyeurism of an aquarium, Holstad’s work is at once questioning, confrontational and playful. Catch the American artist’s third exhibition at Victoria Miro.
2. Khaled Hourani, CCA, Glasgow
Reaching back to the early 2000s and bringing together paintings, installations and conceptual work, this is the first retrospective of the influential Palestinian artist. His work often responds to the surrealism and comic absurdity of current events, though he was recently awarded the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. Since he is more well-known for his advice, mediation and curation in the arts, this is a unique opportunity to see so much of Hourani’s work as an active and vital artist.
3. Mike Nelson: Amnesiac Hide, The Power Plant, Toronto
British artist Mike Nelson brings his large-scale, labyrinthine installations to Toronto for the first time. This exhibition includes the immersive Quiver of Arrows, constructed of four trailers soldered together and left for the visitor to explore. New works focus on the Canadian landscape, such as detritus spat out the beach in Vancouver, accompanied by 35mm slide projections of trips across Alberta and British Columbia. Nelson touches on various North American and British pastimes – from biker gangs to hunter-traders and totem pole carvers, continuously reframing the question of cultural imperialism.
4. Patrick Hughes: Studiolospective, Flowers Gallery, New York
Hughes’ painted reliefs baffle his audience, demonstrating how deceptive appearances can be. He says they are made in “perspective the wrong way round, in reverspective’. He creates a moving, looming experience, aiming to clarify our relation to reality. The British surrealist challenges assumptions of eye and brain, a theme also seen in his lectures and writing. Film director Jake West accompanies the exhibition with his short film, Hughesually: The Art of Patrick Hughes.
5. Peter Fischli & David Weiss: Eine Ansammlung Von Gegenständen, Sprüth Magers, Berlin
Fischli and Weiss present their collections of polyurethane objects, handcrafted and painted to look almost indistinguishable from the everyday paraphernalia they represent. Their presentation as artworks aims to introduce layers of paradox, irony and humour, such that the gallery has been transformed in to a nondescript workroom, housing items made over the past 30 years. The artists play with how we perceive visual information, through their “absent things”, caught in the purgatory of their phantom exhibition.
1. Peter Fischli & David Weiss, courtesy of Sprüth Magers, Berlin and the artists.
Posted on 2 May 2014